We are very happy to be part of the Desafío Pro Bono (Pro Bono Challenge), an annual contest organized by Chile’s Fundación Pro Bono (Pro Bono Foundation) that gives law students an opportunity to work on real-life cases they have identified themselves, with the support and resources of major law firms, in order to develop long-term, replicable solutions to important social issues.
It is the first time that BMAJ has been involved in a Desafío Pro Bono project, and over the next six months senior associates Jorge Barrera, Joaquín Pérez and Daniel Loyola will work with Athiara Cristino and Mauricio Henríquez from the Universidad Andrés Bello in their project to provide legal support to healthcare facilities and their elderly patients who have been discharged from the hospital but who have no home or family to return to. The project will be carried out principally at the San José de Maipo Hospital, and the aim is to create a formal protocol that can be replicated in other healthcare establishments.
On 2 May 2019, the team visited the San José de Maipo Hospital to understand the specific needs of the institution and to formally establish a framework for the team for the next 6 months.
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