Opening remarks were given by Sergio Lopez, current Director of SOMOSGAY, Simon Cazal, founder, former Executive Director to SOMOSGAY and current Chief of Campaigns for Latin America for All Out, Dr. Ivan Allende, Director of the Kuimba'e Clinic and current Health Manager at SOMOSGAY and Dr. Miguel Pedrola, AHF representative, the American foundation that funds care services at the clinic.
The speeches emphasized the value of the collective effort and solidarity in SOMOSGAY ventures, besides giving an important place to claim the right to comprehensive health, enshrined in the Constitution. The members of SOMOSGAY were also accompanied by Benjamin Clapham, for the amfAR Foundation, Miguel Angel Auad, founder of the CHOPA which is the first gay organization in Paraguay, Aurora Gaona who is president to the Fundacion Vencer, parent organization of people living with HIV in Paraguay, representatives of the National HIV, AIDS and STIs Program of the Ministry of Public Health.
The Kuimba'e clinic is the first clinic for wellness and comprehensive care for men. A pioneer in a country where the health system focuses its efforts on women and pregnant women.
A reality that is lived day to day in our country is that the male, do not go to health services unless it is for something serious, deprived of access to promotion strategies and disease prevention. The idea is to reach out to men with diseases or risks of suffering in any of the areas affecting their autonomy and individual context in which other people live, men and/or women, who indirectly or directly will benefit. It will begin operating twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm, so as to give those working, a chance to see the doctor before returning to their homes at the end of the workday.
Medical care will be performed with the renowned Doctor Ivan Allende, interconsultations then be channeled to other specialists according to patient needs.
The Kuimba'e Clinic is subsidized with funding from the AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation), an organization that funds similar clinics in different countries, thus contributing to confront HIV/AIDS.
Kuimba'e seeks solutions to the epidemic in Paraguay of HIV/AIDS because it can detect hazards and diseases, pointing to a primary, secondary and tertiary prevention, but above all aiming to improve the quality of life of all who come seeking services.