El País Cali
February 27, 2023

Colombian Civil Air Patrol will continue bringing healthcare to different regions of the country

The Colombian Civil Air Patrol, PAC, will tour the country with monthly visits to different regions to provide medical care to its inhabitants in specialties such as gynecology, pediatrics, dermatology, dentistry, optometry, nutrition, and sexual and reproductive health.

This is thanks to the agreement between PAC and Avianca, which was formalized at the recent Anato Tourism Showcase, a treaty through which they have provided humanitarian aid and carried out comprehensive health brigades to different corners of Colombia. This collaboration is essential to provide humanitarian assistance and serve vulnerable populations in different parts of the country.

Children from the most remote regions of Colombia will receive medical attention, as Avianca and its social program, Banco de Millas, will transport healthcare professionals who are part of the Colombian Civil Air Patrol every month.

Through the donation of miles, Avianca's Social Program Banco de Millas and LifeMiles support vulnerable communities to contribute to their development, in addition to fulfilling the dreams of children in Colombia and the continent.In 2022, this flight across Colombia began with the development of brigades in Barranquilla and Piedecuesta, Santander. In 2023, populations in El Tambo, Cauca, and Santa Marta have been visited.

Together with Avianca and the Banco de Millas, more than 3,700 people have been served, including over 2,230 boys and girls; the participation of over 70 volunteer doctors from the program, in addition to 20 members of the Colombian Civil Air Patrol (PAC) team; providing more than 2,556 specialized medical consultations to communities and delivering 1,590 medical treatments.

"Avianca is Colombia's airline, we reach every corner of the country. The Patrol, with its specialists, has been serving the most vulnerable Colombians in our regions for years. Their doctor-pilots, hand in hand with our planes and crews, will make a great impact on the populations of the most remote regions, where the incredible medical work that the Patrol has developed for so many years is needed. We hope, especially, that thousands of Colombian children receive medical attention thanks to this agreement. For Avianca, it is an honor to continue serving the country through this alliance," said Felipe Andrés Gómez, Director of Institutional Relations and Sustainability at Avianca.

Meanwhile, Pamela Estrada, General Director of the Colombian Civil Air Patrol, stated that "the support of our allies makes it possible for us to provide health assistance to people living in rural areas, who, for the most part, cannot access specialized medical services, which significantly diminishes their quality of life. Undoubtedly, thanks to the joint work with Avianca, we can continue to bring volunteer healthcare professionals to make the dream of contributing to the construction of a better country a reality.

To support the Banco de Millas, people can visit and with just having their active LifeMiles account, they can donate from one mile onwards.

Support in Emergency Response

Coordination with regional authorities has also allowed Avianca to support emergency response in the country, such as the landslide on the road connecting Popayán with Pasto in the municipality of Rosas, amid which:

More than 44,000 people were transported thanks to the enabling of additional flights and 11 tons of humanitarian aid were delivered through Deprisa.

The airline announced its new Bogotá-Ipiales-Bogotá route, which will start operating on March 26 to strengthen the department's connectivity.