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ACODET

Creation date: 2015

Country: Colombia

Location: Bogotá


Sector of activity: Healthcare and social services activities

Social issue: Healthcare

Acodet promotes physical activity among transplant recipients. Exercise helps them to improve their quality of life and lessen the impact of immunosuppressive drugs. In addition, this social enterprise promotes, through sport, organ and tissue donations. "Our work has succeeded in reducing the annual number of hospital admissions of transplant recipients, with a positive impact on public health," explains founder Edith Alejandra Martin.

The main causes of death in the population who received a transplant in Colombia are related to cardiovascular diseases caused by ingestion of immunosuppressants: "We have to minimize the side effects of these medications with physical activity and sports." Acodet believes that everyone must be committed to helping these people: "The social, physical and emotional well-being of this population group must be included in public health policies. The education of this group on their new role in society will undoubtedly help them achieve appropriate reintegration." Hence, the empowerment of their beneficiaries will enable them to restart their life, as it was before the transplant, "with no limits and no excuses."

Acodet views the future in terms of growth and increasing its own positive impact: "We want to improve the quality of life of at least 10% of the transplant population in the country, which numbers about 9,000 people."