Jennifer Lopez Talks Telemedicine With The Maribel Foundation
Ever heard of telemedicine? The program has become the cornerstone of Jennifer Lopez‘s recently launched non-profit organization, The Maribel Foundation (named after husband Marc Anthony‘s sister, who died of a brain tumor). Telemedicine allows specialists based in Los Angeles (and eventually across the world) to treat children everywhere who are in need of medical assistance using innovative communication technology.
“The Maribel Foundation is a foundation Lynda [Lopez's sister] and I have talked about forming for years, and when we both got pregnant, we decided it was something we wanted to really just do now,” Lopez told Larry King on CNN earlier this year. “Obviously when you become a mom, your perspective and your whole kind of view on life change.”
“This technology allows specialists from anywhere in the world, so long as they have this technology in the clinic set-up, to connect to remote areas of the world that have one of these machines,” according to Lopez. “They can talk to specialists anywhere in the world and they can confer. They can read the charts and look at X-rays and they can examine the child and do so many things where they can actually help save a child who wouldn’t normally have that type of health care.”
In her official letter on the foundation’s Web site, Lopez writes:
We [herself and sister Lynda] grew up in a neighborhood that was not privileged, with an awareness of what many must go without. The number of children that grow up without access to quality health care, doctors, and health care facilities, is unacceptable. Also unacceptable is the small number of parents who have access to be adequately and completely informed about critical child and health-care topics.
That’s why Lynda and I are working to create the Maribel Foundation. Our goal is to dramatically increase the availability of quality health care and health education for women and children, regardless of their ability to pay.
In The Maribel Foundation’s video promo below, Lopez says, “Telemedicine is such a big dream, when I look at it. It’s about bringing the best health care to every single child on the planet.”
For more information on how you can help improve the well-being of women and children across the globe, visit The Maribel Foundation’s official site.