Almost ten years ago, I met a brave, young woman named Rose. She told me her story about how her life had been upended by HIV, losing her child and home. Despite such tragedy she was determined to live. I had the opportunity to start working with Rose and a motivated group of people living with HIV toward a singular goal, to realize their right to lifesaving HIV/AIDS treatment. This was how Hope Through Health started.
Today, I am in Kara, Togo with Jenny (HTH Executive Director) and our son Julien to visit friends and colleagues and to see the progress HTH has made toward that goal. Although I lived and worked in Kara for over three years as a Peace Corps volunteer and have visited annually for the last 7 seven years, this visit has been distinct. I am overwhelmed by the progress I see.
What does this progress look like?
Progress is seeing a filled clinic, staffed mainly by individuals living with HIV, providing care to over 1,600 patients annually including 152 children. Progress is seeing over 40 healthy babies that are HIV free because of an effective prevention of mother to child transmission program. Progress is seeing new partnerships formed to expand HTH’s model in order to provide care to thousands more women and children. Progress is seeing my dear friend, Rose, one of the first individuals started on ARV therapy in 2005, healthy, holding and hugging my son Julien.
We have come so far and this has happened because of your partnership. It has happened because thousands of supporters like you are unwilling to accept the status quo and believe, like Rose, that all individuals have a right to health care. There are no words to adequately express my gratitude for your support. So I will simply say thank you, on behalf of our colleagues and patients, for the progress I see today.
Warmest regards,Kevin Fiori, Jr. MD, MPHCo-founder & Associate Director, Hope Through Health
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
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