I am excited to share Hope Through Health’s first quarterly progress report. Our hope is that this report will keep you informed about the impact that your support is having on the patients we serve in Togo, West Africa. In the attached report we share with you an honest portrayal of the successes and challenges we face in attempting to improve quality and expand access to health care for the most underserved in northern Togo.
The first quarter of 2013 was an exciting period of growth for Hope Through Health and our partner organization, AED-Lidaw.
• Our central Kara Clinic was recognized by the Ministry of Health for maintaining the highest adherence and lowest rates of loss to follow up in the Kara Region.
• Staff implemented a new Monitoring, Evaluation and Quality dashboard designed with the help of Partners In Health and participated in computer literacy training conducted by MIT students from our partner organization, GlobeMed.
• In the US, our first annual report was released (http://hthglobal.org/files/HTH_2012_Annual_Report.pdf), we launched a new partnership with One Day’s Wages and our Annual NYC Benefit, held in January, was a huge success.
As with all of our efforts, this report is a work in progress and we welcome your feedback. Please reach out to me or any member of our team with your questions and suggestions. We would love to hear from you and continue this dialogue about the transformative impact your support has on improving the health of individuals and communities in Togo.
Dear Friend,I am honored to share Hope Through Health's 2012 Annual Report, which highlights the many accomplishments that have been made possible through your support over the past year. Please read the stories and statistics highlighted in this document knowing that you have contributed directly to impacting the lives of the thousands we serve in Togo, West Africa.
Building upon the tremendous success of last year, we have already begun to implement ambitious new programs in an effort to further improve the quality of health care services available to the Togolese. As we continue to expand access to lifesaving health care services abroad, we hope that we can count on you for your renewed support now and in the years to come. Thank you for all you have done to support the mission of Hope Through Health -- we are grateful for your steadfast commitment to providing health and hope to our friends in Togo.Sincerely,Jennifer SchechterExecutive DirectorHope Through Health
A million thanks to GlobeMed at MIT representatives Sherry Fu and Elizabeth Shanahan, who brought six computers to our clinic in Kara and spent two weeks training our staff. While working with a translator to teach computer lessons in a different cultural environment proved difficult, “everyone’s motivation and great efforts to learn and understand made it easier to teach,” said Fu and Shanahan.
In everyone’s opinion, this training was a huge success. A large part of our staff had never even touched a computer. “I had to learn how to double-click, save a file, even turn on the computer!” said Nadege, our Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) Assistant. Now, all of our staff are able to enter data into computers, and a good number were able to learn advanced functions in Excel such as vlookup, sumif, conditional formatting and data validation.
Elise Takao, HTH Financial Officer, learning Microsoft Excel functions, with instruction by Sherry Fu and Elizabeth Shanahan.
Thanks to our friends at GlobeMed/MIT, we will be able to monitor data with much more precision. From pharmaceutical inventory analysis to electronic socio-medical records for our PMTCT program, this training will help us in our pursuit to provide the highest standard of care here in one of the poorest nations in the world.
In celebration of the spirit of Thanksgiving I am thrilled to share a short video from our team in Togo.
I have been supporting Hope Through Health since I first got involved with their work while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Togo in 2006. I am thankful that I can make a difference in the lives of children living with HIV. I know that my donation helps to deliver essential services, like home visits made by Community Health Workers to children living in hard to reach areas.Please take one minute to watch this video and learn what children in Togo are thankful for this year. They inspire me and I hope that their message will inspire you too.
On behalf of Hope Through Health, thank you for all that you do!
Aimee de la Houssaye
Therese didn’t think she would make it. Hardly able to stand to her full height of 5’ 4”, she weighed just 85 pounds when she first came to one of Hope Through Health’s clinics in Togo. HIV was decimating her immune system, leaving her vulnerable to bacterial infections. A count of the T-cells in her blood revealed that, while a normal count ranges from 500 to 1000, Therese had just 24. “No matter how sick I was, all I could think about was my 5 year old son,” Therese said. “I knew that I had to survive for him.”
Thanks to the Global Fund, Therese was able to get the medication necessary to rebuild her immune system. However, the medications alone wouldn’t provide all the support that she needed. “The medicine was so strong. I was nauseous all the time and kept throwing up. I used to take just half the dosage so that the side effects wouldn’t be so bad.” Hope Through Health assigned Therese a Community Health Worker, a Hope Through Health member who was also living with HIV and was already experienced in the treatment regimen. Her Community Health Worker counseled Therese to take the whole dosage, explaining that the side effects would soon pass. In order to calm these side effects, Therese was linked with Hope Through Health’s Nutrition Program, where she received food assistance to assure that she was taking the medicine on a full stomach.
That was 7 years ago. Now, Therese weighs 120 pounds and keeps strict adherence to her treatment regimen. “Thanks to Hope Through Health, I have found strength again!” Therese said as she held back tears of gratitude. “Did you know that I till, sow, and harvest my own corn field?” Indeed, her immune system is now strong enough to function normally, with a T-cell count of nearly 500. “If it weren’t for Hope Through Health, I would have passed away a long time ago. My son is now 13 years old and in a few years he will participate in the men’s initiation rituals. I can grow old in peace now.”
Hope Through Health invites you to Stand With Therese and join our Stand With Us Campaign. For only $20 a month you can ensure the health of one individual living with HIV in Togo for an entire year. Sign up for a recurring monthly donation of $20 or whatever you can give. Thank you for your support!
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