About Us

Healing Venezuela is a UK registered charity in England and Wales

What we do

We provide hospitals in Venezuela with vital medical supplies and equipment used in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of diseases and conditions including malaria, dengue, chikungunya and other tropical diseases. We are currently working with several institutions in Venezuela such as: the children's hospital JM de los Rios, Algodonal and Clinico Universitario. We support also the Ortopedico Infantil and Fundacion Vida to perform tests for HIV and cancer. With another NGO, the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), we are delivering mental health programme in public hospitals

Where we operate

We send medical supplies to hospitals and charities in the health sector in Caracas and the rest of the country. The supplies we send are distributed also to rural areas through the medical schools' network. We work with well-established institutions in Venezuela in order to guarantee the adequate management and distribution of medical supplies. One of our trustees and several volunteers live in the country and oversee our operations

Our Board Members

Rupert Pennant-Rea


Pennant-Rea is currently the Chairman of The Economist Group, Royal London, an insurance company and PGI, an agriculture company. Pennant-Rea joined the Bank of England in 1973 and remained until 1977, when he left to work for The Economist newspaper. He was editor from 1986 until 1993. Between 1993-95, he again joined the Bank of England as Deputy Governor of the bank. In 1994, Pennant-Rea became a member of the influential Washington-based financial advisory body, the Group of Thirty. Pennant-Rea was chairman of the British company Stationery Office following its privatisation in 1996. He was a British American Tobacco director from 1998-2007. He was Chairman of Henderson Group and a non-executive director of Go-Ahead Group, First Quantum and Gold Fields. In the charitable sector, Pennant-Rea was Chairman of the Shakespeare School Festival, the largest youth festival in the country. Currently, he is a trustee at the Speaker's Trust, the Marjorie Dean Foundation and the Wincott Foundation


Professor Michael Adler CBE


Michael Adler is the Emeritus Professor of Genitourinary Medicine/ sexually transmitted infections and HIV at Royal Free and University College London Medical School . He was an advisor to the British Government , the World Health Organisation , the United Nations and European Commission . He has served on numerous committees for the Medical Research Council , Department of Health , Royal College of Physicians etc . Professor Adler has carried out numerous consultancies in the developing world , particularly in Africa , India , Bosnia , China and St. Helena . He has also worked in Malawi for VSO and the President of Malawi . He has a longstanding involvement with the voluntary sector and was Chairman of the National .Aids Trust working closely with the patron the late Diana, Princess of Wales . He has served on the Board of Lepra and Care International UK and chaired the World film collective.


Cinzia De Santis


Cinzia was born in Italy but moved to Venezuela as a baby. She studied biology at the Central University of Venezuela where she specialised in Ecology and then did a Master in Public Policies at IESA, in Caracas. Cinzia worked in Venezuela in the non-profit sector and at Petróleos de Venezuela as a researcher. She joined BP in 1996 where she held executive roles. and she was relocated to the UK In 2003. She later joined Wood Group, also an FTSE100 company, as Head of Health, Safety and Environment. In 2012 she decided to devote her time to her passions: writing and charitable work. Since then, she has published four fiction novels and has been involved in different non-profit organisations in Venezuela


Militza Ortiz


Militza was born in Venezuela and after several international postings, she now lives in the UK. She graduated in Business Administration from Universidad Metropolitana and has an MSc in International Marketing from Strathclyde University. She spent over 12 years working in marketing research in companies such as Unilever, Sc Johnson and Ipsos where she worked with clients such as UNICEF and ILO (International Labour Organisation). While living in Peru, Militza volunteered in an NGO that helped street children. She retrained as a Silver and Goldsmith and runs her own jewellery business.

Our Volunteers