Greatest Goal Ministries USA

Greatest Goal Ministries USA is a Christian, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the disabled and under-served people of Sierra Leone to reach their full potential through health care, education, disability sports and disability advocacy.
Aug 26, 2014

How are we using the Ebola funds.

GGM staff presenting funds to the First Lady
GGM staff presenting funds to the First Lady

Dear globalgiving donors,
Thank you for all your generous donations towards the Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone. Ebola is threatening the very fabric of Sierra Leone and the other countries involved in the Ebola outbreak. Personal Protective Equipment is needed to protect healthcare workers and sanitation supplies need to be available in communities in addition to education of those communities. Surveillance teams are needed to help contain the spread. Hospitals and health care centers across Sierra Leone have closed for fear of contracting the virus leaving little health care options available to the people.
On August 13 just days after receiving the first installment of funds from globalgiving, $5,300.00 was wired to our Greatest Goal Ministries bank account in Sierra Leone. The staff of GGM presented the funds to the First Lady of Sierra Leone on August 15th. A letter to the First Lady had been sent in advance detailing the expectations in regard to those funds. That letter is attached as well as photos of the delivery of funds at the Presidential Lodge. The First Lady publically announced the donation on the news that evening along with a list of other funds that had been donated from other sources. Pictures are included with this report.
Greatest Goal Ministries USA has established a strong relationship with the First Lady over the past two years as we are assisting in the planning of a future cancer center for Sierra Leone. We feel she is a woman of integrity and honesty. With her husband, President Koroma taking personal charge over the crisis, Greatest Goal Ministries feels strongly that they will know best how to direct any funds donated. A detailed explanation of expenditures has been promised and will be shared once we receive it.
We will soon have additional funds to be used for the Ebola crisis from funds raised during the Paul Allan match. Greatest Goal Ministries is currently working towards the shipment of three containers of Ebola supplies through the office of the First Lady so that they can be immediately distributed at the various isolation sites. We will also be sending staff to communities across Freetown and into our disabled communities in several other cities to distribute sanitation supplies and educate the communities about the Ebola virus. After the news announcement from the First Lady all of the Greatest Goal Ministries staff began receiving phone calls from various communities asking for education and sanitation.
What does this mean, sanitation supplies? The majority of people in Sierra Leone have no running water or electricity. They must carry their water in buckets of various sizes. But each of these buckets has a purpose. There are no extras. The Ebola virus is easily destroyed with a weak chlorine solution. The WHO recommends the set-up of sanitation stations in communities and outside businesses where people can wash their hands frequently. Setting up the sanitation station also allows for an opportunity to sensitize or teach the people about the disease and what they can do to help contain it. To be effective it must be taught by the local people and by those they trust. It is in part due to the lack of trust and understanding that has caused the virus to spiral out of control.
Photographs and information about the communities that Greatest Goal Ministries is visiting will be sent in future reports. Until then we all watch and wait for this deadly virus to be defeated. I recently read in one report this statement from a Sierra Leonean. “The Ebola virus is worse than the rebels during the war. At least in the war we knew where the rebels were. We do not know where this enemy is until it is too late”.

GGM staff presenting funds to the First Lady
GGM staff presenting funds to the First Lady
First Lady on SL National Television after funds
First Lady on SL National Television after funds

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Feb 6, 2014

We are not done. Help us reach our new goal!

Dear Donors,

On behalf of Greatest Goal Ministries I want to thank all of you for your continued support of our work in Sierra Leone over the past couple years. I am so pleased to announce that together, we were able to raise over 15,000 USD. With those funds we provided much needed medical care for literally, tens of thousands of disabled and underserved people in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Although the goal we started when we posted our project on GlobalGiving has been reached we are not done. GGM has decided to attempt once again to raise 15,000 for our new facility and the villagers we are serving.

The Greatest Goal Ministries facility moved in late 2012 to the Lady Deborah Berewa Hospital (LDBH) in Lakka Village in the Western Rural District just outside the capital of Freetown and we are providing medical care to an area of the country that has had no access. The hospital is providing the only laboratory diagnostics and has the only quality pharmacy in the area. With our new generator installed in early January, 2014 we can begin to set up recently shipped laboratory equipment, ultrasound and EKG machine.

December 3-18, 2013 an 8 member medical team arrived at the LDBH. Included in the team were nurses, a radiation oncologist, a cardiologist and an ARNP. The cardiologist has decided to make additional visits and will begin training the staff regarding use of the EKG machine. In the absence of international medical teams our outpatient facility is operated by 22 staff members all involved in various aspects of the facility. From our Community Health Officer, nurse, pharmacy assistant, lab tech and registrar we have security, a phlebotomist, cleaning staff and hospital chaplains. It is a very busy place open 5 days a week.

We hope that our donors will continue to fund our new facility as we continue to provide quality, outpatient medical care to Lakka Village and beyond. Sierra Leone is in dire need of facilities that can provide care for malaria, cholera, sexually transmitted diseases, skin infections, diabetes, hypertension and other diseases. When the patient’s condition is beyond the scope of our local staff a designated fund is used to transport the patient to another facility. Often GGM then covers all additional costs including necessary surgeries if funds are available.

The people we are able to assist are so grateful. They know that they have no other place like this to receive medical care. Without the LDBH many would die. We thank you in advance for your continued support. The 7,850 individuals we treated in 2013 thank you for your support. Thank you for helping us reach our new goal of 15,000.00 USD for the Lady Deborah Berewa (outpatient) Hospital.

Oct 30, 2013

April through September hospital statistics

Dear Global Giving Donor,

In December of 2012 GGM opened the doors of our free outpatient hospital in Lakka, the Western rural area of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Since January of 2013 a total of 5,916 patients have been evaluated and treated.  Of the 5,916, 3,357 were over 5 years of age with 1,559 age five years or younger

As we do not yet have power most of our laboratory diagnosis is from microscope gram stain analysis or rapid test kits.  Funds raised on this site help cover the costs of diagnosis and treatment.

Of the 4,090 patients seen from April 2013 through September, 2013, 1,537 patients were diagnosed with malaria, a disease that is endemic in Sierra Leone.  Each of those patients is treated with Lonart (malaria medicine), vitamins, paracetamol (generic Tylenol) for fever and iron tablets.

Between April 2013 and September 2013 our hospital diagnosed and treated 8 cholera cases, 4 typhoid cases and 112 venereal infections.   Each of these patients are treated with antibiotics and when needed IV fluids. 

The clinic also treats and uses diagnostic tests for pregnancy, urinary tract infections, diabetes, hypertension and parasite infections with skins scrapings and clinical examination.  Colds, fever, pneumonia etc. are also treated.

Without continued support this hospital could not stay open.  Funds raised support the free laboratory, pharmacy, staff and medical supplies needed.

We are very grateful to all or donors.  Thank you!

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