Members of the World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (WABIP) can participate and contribute to the work of the World Bronchology Foundation, the WABIP’s philanthropic arm registered in Spain.
The Foundation provides equipment and week-long on-site training to medical and ancillary personnel working in government and community hospitals and areas of need.
Projects are designed to introduce and provide continuity in bronchoscopic, airway management skills, as well as thoracic surgery, and pleural disease management procedures and techniques in order to help patients with little or no access to these technologies.
Since establishing the new WBF board (see members below) in 2014, our foundation has carried out, in collaboration with the Spanish Society of Pulmonology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR) and the Spanish Association of Respiratory Endoscopy and Interventional Neumology (AEER), two inspection visits in Nicaragua and Honduras, and a stay with a Course-Training workshop in Managua.
This Course-Workshop was made in September 2016 with the help of three SEPAR grants. These grants were used to organize the Course-Workshop and to make stays in different hospitals in the cities of Masaya, León and Chinandega. The AEER has donated money for purchasing a bronchoscope for the Chianandega Public Hospital and training material. Moreover, SIMMEDICA-Spain has donated an ERBO-Kryo with cryosonde to a hospital in Managua.
We are currently planning a stay of two weeks in November 2017 in Tegucigalpa (Honduras). In this time, the second International Workshop of Respiratory Endoscopy will be made, some materials for the National Pulmonary Cardio Institute will be donated, and also, a collaboration stay will be done, apart from other activities with the Honduras’ universities.
In April 2014, the new World Bronchology Foundation board was formally established, composing of:
- President: Dr Enrique Cases Viedma (Spain)
- Vice-Presidents: Dr Eduardo de Miguel Poch (Spain) & Dr Domingo Pérez Bejarano (Paraguay)
- Secretary-Treasurer: Dr Carlos Disdier Vicente (Spain)
- Dr. José Pablo Díaz Jiménez (Spain)
- Dr. Henri Gaston Colt (USA)
- Dra. Silvia Adriana Cuadrilli (Argentina)
- Dr. Enrique Cases Viedma (Spain)
- Dr. Eduardo de Miguel Poch (Spain)
- Dr. Domingo Pérez Bejarano (Paraguay)
- Dr. Carlos Disdier Vicente (Spain)
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