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
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 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.
Gina Marino is the CFO and Founder of Cuidamed, a large medical services provider in Venezuela, with more than 60,000 affiliates. Gina is also a partner in Cuidasalud, a pre-paid medicine company dedicated to design, develop and deliver medical and surgical services to individuals and large groups. In this capacity, she developed and delivered patients tailored ambulatory medical services. WIth a vast experience in the medical sector in Venezuela, Gina Marino is a key player in the delivery of medical solutions to the country.
Alejandro is a Venezuelan physician with training in infectious and tropical diseases currently working at University College London as Senior Clinical Research Associate at the Department of Infectious Diseases and Population Health. He also works as Senior Clinical Scientists at the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit, mainly on national and international randomised clinical trials on treatment of HIV disease and other infections. Alejandro served as Assistant Professor of medicine at the Jose María Vargas Medical School at Universidad Central de Venezuela before moving to London where he is currently involved with postgraduate teaching as module coordinator and examining board member for the UCL MSc in Clinical Trials. He also teaches clinical research methodology in collaboration with academic institutions in various countries in Latin America.
Gabriela was born in Venezuela and currently lives in London. She graduated in Journalism and Law at the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello in Caracas. Her professional experience includes serving as a Board Member of ACO, S.A., a large conglomerate of Venezuelan companies, and Seguros Caracas, an insurance company. Since 1992 she heads a family office. She moved to Europe in 1999 and while living in France she studied French and Comparative Literature at La Sorbonne and also obtained and Fine and Decorative Arts Diploma from Christie's Education in Paris. In 2008 she obtained an M Phil. with Honours in Contemporary Art and Connoisseurship from the University of Glasgow/Christie's Education London. Gabriela's philanthropic experience includes working as a Secretary for a British charity focussed on children's education in Venezuela as well as collaborating with the British Red Cross International Fundraising Committee
Alessandro De Santis
Alessandro is studying at the University of Michigan with a soccer scholarship and has been volunteering during the summer of 2017 helping with the collection of boxes, management of inventories and general support in events. From the US, he will continue to help Healing Venezuela
Iria Luz Suárez
Iria Luz is a Geology Engineer from the University of Los Andes and moved to England in 2015. She is an entrepreneur and dance is her passion. She is now part of a group, The Salsa Family, based in Reading
Erika is a dual British-Venezuelan citizen, born in Venezuela where she studied Business and Marketing. She moved to the UK and now runs a successfull coffee house and deli in Wimbledon called Liqui-Liqui
Adriana Clara Melchor
Adriana Melchor was born in Venezuela but moved to England when she was 9 years old. She graduated from the LSE in Social Policy and Government and is currently working at Goldman Sachs. Adriana has been involved in several charitable activities both in Venezuela and in Africa
Cilene Raftery Ramirez
Cilene was born in Venezuela and has dual US nationality. She moved to Boston, MA, where she retrained and graduated in Human Services Administration from Urban College and completed a BA in Counseling Psychology at Cambridge College. In Boston, she worked primarily in human services, community health, mental health, and early childhood education, particularly with bilingual families. Cilene moved to the UK in 2013 with her husband and now lives in London. In 2017 she completed her MSc in Mental Health Psychology at the University of Liverpool and is currently opening her private practice. In addition to her volunteering work with Healing Venezuela, Cilene volunteers at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, working with dementia patients.
Ivette Landino, originally from Venezuela, has worked in the fitness industry since April 2009 as a Personal Trainer specialising in postural training and pain management/rehab of minor injuries. Ivette is also a Zumba Instructor and has joined forces with Healing Venezuela to raise funds through various Zumba events.
Brigida is Senior Consultant in the Financial sector advising clients in the banking sector on technology and business and facilitatating directors and senior managers in achieving additional sales to key clients. Graduated in the prestigious LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome and with a Master in International Relations, Brigida is also a successful blogger in lifestyle and general women’s issues. She speaks Italian, Spanish and English and is profficient in Portuguese.