The little girl pictured here has muscular dystrophy and cannot walk. The other child, a baby boy, suffers from severe malnutrition. Both were recently abandoned at Justinien University Hospital by their parents, who could not afford to care for them.
For all its challenges, JUH is often one of the only options for the very poorest people in the community to receive the care they deserve—which is why we work hard to support their ability to provide care for these children, and for many others like them. Essential medicines and supplies are not always available when needed at JUH due to lack of financial resources and an undependable supply chain. Even in emergency situations, patients' family members are expected to ask friends and family to contribute money and scour local pharmacies for supplies, losing valuable time. Too often, they abandon their children because they cannot afford the medicine.
By ensuring that essential medicines and supplies are in stock at all times, we can help reduce the number of preventable newborn deaths. We estimate that preventing ruptures of essential medicines and supplies will cost about $15,000 annually.
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