Greatest Goal Ministries USA

Greatest Goal Ministries USA is a Christian, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering the disabled and under-served people of Sierra Leone to reach their full potential through health care, education, disability sports and disability advocacy.
Mar 12, 2012

Greatest Goal Ministries Clinic Report for Donors

Mohamed with Philip Sesay, GGM Clinic Director
Mohamed with Philip Sesay, GGM Clinic Director

Each day the staff at the Greatest Goal Ministries clinic work hard and save lives.  Each day they are exposed to a multitude of germs and bacteria.  Each day they go beyond the basics to provide exceptional health care services to the community they serve.  These are local Sierra Leone health care workers who have been further empowered by teaching and mentoring from the US medical teams that travel to Sierra Leone.  They are  payed a stipend above their government wages.

The government wages in Sierra Leone for health care workers is very small and often months will pass with no salary by the government.  In fact today, March 9, the Community Health Officers or CHo's (a CHO is similar to a Nurse Practitioner with prescribing authority) in Sierra Leone  have gone on strike due to lack of pay.  This means the few medical clinics and hospitals staffed with trained medical personnel able to diagnose  are virtually shut down. This is devastating in a country where health care is marginal at best.

But thanks to donations from the public, GGMUSA is able to pay our staff at the clinic a stipend above the government wages.  Our staff is working through the strike to continue providing free medical care, laboratory tests, and medications to the people of Sierra Leone. 

I am so proud of our staff and their dedication to their profession.  Below is a narrative by our clinic director about a recent patient treated at the GGM clinic.  I believe it fully illustrates the quality of care we provide and how desperately we need your continued support.  Thank you

"If it were not for this clinic, I would have certainly lost my life. But thank God for the free care GGM clinic is giving to this community especially for us that cannot afford to pay. God bless the providers!" GGM Clinic patient Mohamed

This is Mohamed's story as told by our clinic director, PhilipSesay.                                                                         

NAME:  Mohamed Fornah    

SEX:   Male

AGE:  38yrs

DIAGNOSIS:
Diarrhea and vomiting with marked dehydration.

Mohamed was brought to the clinic by a friend called Michael and accompanied by his wife and friends. He was almost dying when he was rushed to the examination room for resuscitation. I/V line established and an infusion was started.  At that time, he was still passing frequent stool, weak and cold and clammy skin observed.

With the aid of the clinic staff, Mohamed was rapidly rehydrated and vital signs returned to normal. After he was stabilized, his medical history was obtained from his wife and Michael, his friend. According to them, they said, he was taken to the National referral Center called Connaught Hospital, where care was poor for this gentle man. They also said, if this patient would have stayed for the next few minutes, they would have lost him. 


He was observed for hours at the clinic before closing for the day. But the idea of taking him home was not welcomed by the clinic director. As a result, accommodation was secured at the National Rehabilitation Centre
Dormitory, where he stayed for two nights with proper monitoring and rehydration during the day. The overnight stay of patients is not a normal occurrence at the GGM clinic as we are not set up for such care although we are capable of providing such care.

Mohamed so appreciated the life saving clinic at this Center and more so, because  it is done on a cost free basis, Michael commented. Michael is from Germany supporting a program with the polios in Freetown.

Michael later took Mohamed back to Connaught  Hospital for re-admission as the GGM clinic facility is not prepared for long term overnight patient care.  The Clinic Director made several visits to evaluate his progress. One month later, he was discharged home in an improved condition. The thing that impressed the clinic was that, the gentle man returned to say thanks in bringing back his life to normalcy.

Thank you for your support.

Lab techs Mr. Kelly and Martha Davice
Lab techs Mr. Kelly and Martha Davice
GGM Clinic Staff
GGM Clinic Staff
Checking in a patient at the clinic
Checking in a patient at the clinic
Patient data entry at the clinic
Patient data entry at the clinic
Weekly circumcision clinic
Weekly circumcision clinic
Jan 2, 2012

First Person Updates From Those Working in Country

Bethany working in the GGM laboratory
Bethany working in the GGM laboratory

Greatest Goal Ministries currently has two volunteers working in Sierra Leone.  Jerry, is a 60ish man who took early retirement from his position as a Laboratory Director at a large hospital in Bellevue, WA.  Bethany, is a laboratory tech and pre med major waiting to be accepted to medical school.  Jerry is now living in Sierra Leone overseeing our programs and projects and attempting to improve laboratory services in the country.  Bethany arrived in early October with our medical team and returns in mid January.

Below is an excerpt from Bethany's blog:

Tuesday evening we got word that one of the amputee football players, Mohamed, was in horrible condition after spending several days in Connaught Hospital (SL's only tertiary care hospital). He had been removed from the hospital by a man from Germany, Michael, who happened to be in town working with some of the polio. Michael was getting some medications for some of the polio at the hospital when he came across Mohamed who would have likely died had he stayed there another night. Michael somehow heard about out clinic and thinking it was an inpatient facility he took him out of Connaught and brought him to Phillip (nurse and clinic director of our GGM clinic), who happened to still be at work. After some IV fluids were administered properly Mohamed was in much better shape, but would need 24 hr care for several days. 
Wednesday Umaru, Victor and I went to Mohamed’s home to get him and take him back to Connaught Hospital where inpatient care is available, if you have funds to pay. I called Michael, the man who had found him and fought to keep him alive and arranged to meet him at the hospital. Michael is working from Germany with a German NGO, Robin-Food, and hopes to bring more aid to Sierra Leone. We got Mohamed readmitted into the hospital, this time making sure that he would be cared for properly. Just being in Connaught hospital is always an eye opening experience. Patient confidentiality is pretty much unheard of, you can just walk in there without anyone even questioning your purpose for being there. The triage room has about 10 beds in it, none of them have sheets, they haven’t been cleaned in ages, and until you pay the registration fee and purchase your chart no one will even give you a second glance. 

I include this portion of Bethany's blog as an example of the quality and cost of healthcare in Sierra Leone.  Your donated funds are saving lives everyday. 

Jerry recently wrote:   

"This maybe a good time to tell each of you it has been a very good 5 months of being in Sierra Leone this year counting the time I was here last April.  I have met some wonderful people.  The employees we have are special and it has been a pleasure getting to know them and their families.  Seeing our medical facility be one of the best in the country makes you proud but at the same time my travels in the country going to the hospitals, hospital labs, clinics, "medical centers" as they call some of the medical facilities in the up country villeges breaks my heart at how bad the medical care is in this country. The medical supplies, medications, and healthcare workers are all so under supplied and available.  The people in the country are so very poor compared to those in the city but wow challenges for this developing country."

Your donations and your prayers for this struggling nation are desperately needed.  Thank you for caring and supporting Greatest Goal Ministries as we continue to serve the disabled and the underserved people of this beautiful country.

Rear view of the GGM clinic
Rear view of the GGM clinic
A medical team member in October starting an IV
A medical team member in October starting an IV
Newly constructed well at clinic
Newly constructed well at clinic
Donated ultasound unit from an Australian Rotary
Donated ultasound unit from an Australian Rotary
Nurse Practioner examining a patient
Nurse Practioner examining a patient

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Oct 20, 2011

Disability Football (Soccer) in Sierra Leone

Dear Donor,

A team of twelve members from Greatest Goal Ministries USA has just returned from 14 days in Sierra Leone and an incredible vision has been cast for disability football (soccer) in this small nation.

 During the spring of this year a group of over 30 amputees decided to break away from (SLASC) the Single Leg Amputee Sports Club, started in 2001.  There were many grievances stated in regard to the management of SLASC.  The players were ready for another option. 

 During the past several months, while GGM and your donations assisted the team in transportation costs and the purchase of additional balls and jerseys for playing etc.,  we challenged the amputees to formulate what a new team or organization would look like.

 While in Sierra Leone we had the opportunity to meet with the amputee team as well as representatives from the deaf and polio football teams.  Together, a new vision in regard to disabled football in Sierra Leone was created.

 Greatest Goal Ministries as the umbrella organization will register a new disability football league, GGM Disability Football League (GGM DFL).  Each of the disability groups (amputee, polio and deaf) will become a club within the league.  Each club will have their own bylaws governing the administrative part of their club, but the overall GGM Disabilty Football League Constitution will govern all the clubs and will be used to register the league with the Ministry of Social Welfare and with the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA).  SLFA rules and regulations will govern the league.

 Equipment, jerseys, nets etc. will be maintained and distributed through Greatest Goal Ministries Freetown office.  Oversight of donated funds will also be coordinated through our main office. 

 GGM USA will provide the constitution of GGM DFL and the bylaws of the three disability groups once they have all been voted upon, on this GlobalGiving web site.

 While we were in Sierra Leone the amputee team challenged the polio team to a football match.  An historic game was played as both these groups, with crutches flying put on an absolutely inspirational match.  Please take a moment to look at the new photos.  Video images will be posted soon.

 Life in Sierra Leone is difficult at best, but as a disabled person in the poorest country on earth each and every day is a struggle that very few of us can even begin to imagine.  The game of football provides an outlet and a form of stress reduction.  During their time on the field the players are not disabled. They are athletes playing the world’s sport.  The troubles of life are momentarily forgotten; all effort and thought is confined to the field and a soccer ball.

 Thank you for your continued support and prayers as we build a program that can help provide a sports outlet for the disabled of Sierra Leone in Freetown now, and eventually out into the provinces.

 
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