June will bring tremendous progress to Surgeons of Hope's program in Nicaragua with the opening of the new Pediatric Heart Center, adjacent to La Mascota Children's Hospital in Managua. The Health Ministry of Nicaragua is equally excited about this first opening, which will be a phased-in program, featuring the opening of one of the two operating rooms, and half of the ICU unit furnished. The formal Grand Opening is scheduled for 2014, but this opening will be celebrated as the first surgical mission team will gather in late June, coming from France, Palestine, and Colombia, to perform the first surgeries in the new facility. The team of ten is looking forward to their historic role in providing access to pediatric open-heart surgery for the poor in Nicaragua.
Surgeons of Hope has been working hard to provide furnishings for the new Center. A new operating room table is on its way from Germany, and operating room lights are being sent as a donation from a hospital in Delaware. Two huge shipping containers full of ICU beds and regular hospital beds, monitoring equipment and supplies have arrived safely in Managua from New York (AFYA) and Denver (Project CURE). They have cleared Customs, and are awaiting trucking from the Health Ministry warehouse to the new Heart Center. Philippe Lerch, our SoH Regional Director for the Nicaragua Program, is in Managua to oversee the furnishing of the new Center, and he is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the trucks bearing the new equipment and supplies.
While the donations of supplies and equipment have been on-going, Surgeons of Hope still needs you, our GlobalGiving family. Your faithfulness to our efforts is a great joy to us, as your donations will provide for the necessities that accompany this equipping effort. The local staff at La Mascota is earnest in welcoming the improvements to their pediatric care capabilities, but there are real challenges that remain. While they wish to be able to do a better job with sterilization, for example, they are hampered by lack of the supplies that are necessary to achieve that progress. Everything from pump dispensers for hand soap and right up the supply ladder is sorely needed. That's where our GlobalGiving team comes in.
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