Help us improve conditions for pediatric patients in Hospital Infantil Norte in Santiago, Cuba. With limited resources, the hospitals' cribs and beds are deteriorated and malfunctioning, making it challenging and sometimes unsafe for the hospital staff, family caregivers and the children themselves. This project will refurbish one of the patient wards for neonates - 18 years of age. Twenty five hospital-grade cribs will be accompanied by medical supplies/equipment to improve care and dignity.
Santiago hospitals suffered severe damage during Hurricane Sandy. Because of limited funding, many "non-essential" equipment that was damaged or deteriorated is still in use so that relief funds could address the most critical needs. Our staff saw an opportunity to support the pediatric hospital after touring and witnessing the difficulties that medical staff and family caregivers had ensuring their child's safety and caring for their medical needs.
The hospital has a compassionate, attentive staff and dedicated management team. By providing functional hospital cribs, reclining patient room chairs for family caregivers, basic diagnostic equipment, the staff will have better tools and safer conditions for their young patients and will no longer have to adapt beds for young patients and can concentrate on healing and treatment. Children and their families will have more dignified wards and be better able to focus on caring for their loved 1.
With improved diagnostic tools and medical wards, the community has more confidence and ability to use their health services. Reduced infection risks and patient accidents support improved hospital outcomes. AS one of the two main pediatric facilities in Cuba's 2nd largest city, strengthening their ability to care for the pediatric patients impacts the entire community seeking healthcare for their children.