Prevention is a major facet of the COANIQUEM mission. Campaigns include educating the parents whose children are patients at the centers and educating the public about the dangers of fireworks and kite flying. There are reminders of this throughout Santiago through billboards and recycling containers.

COANIQUEM conducted an epidemiological research project financed by FONIS during 2012-2013. The results reveal:

Children burns were reduced in 46% in the last two decades thanks to better housing conditions and COANIQUEM’s prevention campaigns.

Hot objects became the main cause of burns in children, instead of hot liquids, like in developed countries.

This video, produced by students at the DUOC UC in Viña del Mar illustrates the many ways children can be burned and how burns can be prevented:

In  2013, COANIQUEM  conducted an international prevention campaign in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic and Guatemala sponsored by UNDP. The program trained ten professionals in each country with an E-learning course and on-site technical support.


Train 40 professionals in prevention.

Diagnosis of the situation in each country and design of communication strategies and prevention campaigns.


This program features our new mascot “Santi” who warns children of the dangers of fireworks, hot liquids, kites and household hazards

The program uses brightly drawn picture books for the children, as well as posters and other written materials targeting adults.

This program was sponsored by a UNESCO grant and developed by the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.

A series of picture books, featuring Santi, have been created for parents and teachers to use to educate their children. Click here to download a sample : Santi y el Fuego




In order to meet the needs of these young burn victims, Dr. Rojas-Zegers and his staff pioneered an approach called “integrated Healing” — a holistic program that includes:

Physical healing, including plastic surgery, scar compressionand rehabilitation using exercises and special devices.

Psychological treatment of trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder and anxiety disorders for both the children and the families.

Education provided to school aged children by trained teachers, at bedside when required by the extent of the treatment.

Spiritual support to help the children develop the inner strength and resolve necessary to deal with their injuries.

While children are being treated at the Rehabilitation Center, COANIQUEM provides teachers so that they do not fall behind in their studies. The
children and their parents receive free room and board at Casabierta, one of the facilities of COANIQUEM.

In addition to medical services, COANIQUEM develops and circulates burn prevention literature. Also, in cooperation with government agencies and the private sector, COANIQUEM organizes and conducts campaigns to increase public awareness of fire hazards and burn prevention activities.



Since Exxon Mobile’s sponsorship, the following Institutions and Organizations have been included as benefactors:

  • PADF- Pan American Development Foundation
  • PAHO- Pan American Health Organization
  • UNDP – United Nations Development Program
  • Probono Foundation
  • Vance Center Foundation
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena

COANIQUEM’s Relationships with Rotary

COANIQUEM continues to have warm relationships with Rotary Clubs in Chile and the USA. These relationships have resulted in considerable tangible help, both financial (Rotary Humanitarian Grants), and volunteers to support fund-raising and other activities. We gratefully acknowledge the support provided by the Rotary Clubs and District listed in the margin.  If your Rotary Club or District would like to join our growing network of supporters, please contact us to learn more.

Rotary Supporters

  • The Rotary Foundation of Rotary InternationalDistrict 5170 Califomia Clubs:
    Alameda. CA. USA
    Dublin, CA. USA
    Livermore, CA. USA
    Pleasanton North, CA. USA
    Oakland #3
    Los Altos
    Scotts Valley
  • Other Clubs:
    Washington, DC. USA
    Santiago, Chile
    Antofagasta, Chile
    Pigeon Forge, TN