Dear Global Giving supporters of the GGM USA clinic in Sierra Leone. We are in our last weeks of preparation before our 14 member team leaves the USA for Sierra Leone on October 1 and as you can imagine there are many last minute tasks to still accomplish.
The team will be traveling with 100 of the WHO Community Education manuals, approximately 200 pounds of material. The majority of the manuals will be secured at the GGM SL office until October of 2011. This 2010 trip will focus on meeting with SL delegates from the Ministry of Health Education. Together we will review the manual and determine the best avenue to present and teach the material to Community Health Officers and Nurses from across the country.
The clinic saw 218 patients during the month of July. Thanks to your contributions through Global Giving we will be able to increase our days of operation to 3 days a week rather than the current 2 days as well as increase the amount of funding sent each month to be used for lab supplies and medications beginning in October.
Here in the USA the medical team meets twice a month working on protocols for the clinic. Disease Pathways and a pharmacy formulary are almost complete and will be introduced to the SL staff upon our arrival to the clinic. The goal is to better equip the SL staff in treating patients and also to assist USA staff as they evaluate and treat patients.
One new member to our team is a nutritionist. We hope to have in place a WHO feeding program for our malnourished, under 5 children and the maternity population before we leave Freetown.
In addition to the physicians, nurses and lab tech traveling with us in October we will have a physical therapist who will be working with the only trained physical therapist in the entire country. Together we feel they will have much to share with each other. We are also delighted that a rehabilitation physician whose primary focus is amputees will be traveling with us in 2011 and is already searching for prosthetic supplies that we will take with us to the Prosthetic Center also located at our compound.
A newly formed non-profit, EMPACT, composed of emergency medicine paramedics, physicians and fire fighters is sending two paramedics form Bainbridge Island, WA with us. They will be assessing 5 government hospitals in regard to Emergency Medicine. From this they will determine which will be their focus for the next year. They will work independently with our GGM SL team in Freetown sending their own teams. We are extremely excited about this endeavor.
While we are in Sierra Leone we ask that you follow our travels. Go to the home page of our web site, www.ggmusa.org and click on our link. A link will also be emailed prior to our departure on October 1.
Once again to each of you we thank you for your prayers, thoughts and support. Together “We CAN Change Lives, One Goal at a Time”. Thanks for helping us make a difference to the disabled population as well as the general population of Sierra Leone, West Africa.
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