Dear Global Giving Contributor,
As the 2010 year comes to a close we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each of you for supporting the free primary health clinic in Sierra Leone, West Africa. It is through donations such as yours that our clinic has been able to provide quality health care and medications that are saving lives in Freetown.
Our second, 14 member medical team, arrived home safely in mid October after having seen over 500 patients in 6 days. One thing is for certain, the children under five are suffering terribly. Between malnutrition, dehydration and malaria the number of very ill children is staggering.
Word of our clinic is spreading fast through the communities surrounding our clinic and afar. We were told some people left home at 5:00 am and arrived at the clinic 3-5 hours later. And these were very ill people.
The priority list for this trip was quite extensive but the volunteers were well prepped and everyone contributed.
The council woman organized 15 members from all the different communities to come together and begin Community Health Training. They were each given a book and a “teaching bag” to begin introductory teaching of basic health education. We will meet with them again in April 2011 and October 2011 when we are back in the country.
When we returned to the USA with the realization that we needed to address the water and sanitation problems or we would never be able to begin keeping our clinic community healthy. Within our first week back we were blessed to have been put in touch with a rotary located in the pan handle of Texas. After several conversations they are ready to start raising funds for the installation of wells in and around our clinic. Depending on the funds raised we are hoping to install 25 wells. Of course, my dreams are always BIG so I have challenged them for 100 wells. These would be placed in amputee and polio communities in the provinces and several clinics and a hospital right in Freetown. In my next update I will let you know where we are in that challenge.
Once again to you, our supporters I say thank you. Thank you for your support and your prayers for the people of Sierra Leone and for our clinic community.
In addition to the above work, below is a summary of what has been accomplished this year.
GGM free Primary Health Care Clinic Open 2 days per weekwith over 2500 patients treated.
Two USA medical teams in October 2009 and 2010 treated over 900 patients total between the two visits and a total of 18 health care professionals worked with the SL staff.
GGM introduced Teethsavers who now support 2 women who teach dental hygiene to government schools and hand out tooth brushes and tooth paste to all they teach
Medical supplies and equipment was donated to Connaught Hospital. This included hospital beds, gurneys, surgical instruments, radiology supplies and over 50 boxes of books and disposable equipment. All of this was transported in 2 -40ft. containers through USAID. In addition to the items listed above books, shoes and educational and office supplies, furniture and equipment were shipped. Another 40 ft. container of medical supplies and equipment has been gathered and is awaiting shipping in late January.
The entire National Rehabilitative Compound has been painted and electricity upgraded.
GGM USA introduced EMPACT, a northwest NGO, who will begin developing an emergency medical program at Connaught Hospital
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