Dear Global Giving Supporter,
On March 25th I will leave for my 8th trip to Sierra Leone and one week later the rest of the team will join me. We will return April 15th.
The focus of the trip is multi faceted as there are numerous administrative duties which involve not only the organization of Greatest Goal Ministries within the country but also affect the clinic directly and indirectly. During our October trip we gathered information in regard to setting up an interventional feeding center for malnutrition at the GGM Clinic. On this trip we will travel with a pediatric scale, height measuring rod and arm circumference measuring tape. These will be used at the clinic for the next 6-8 months to gather data in order to qualify us as an interventional feeding site for malnourished children under age five and for pregnant and lactating mothers. A Handbook written specifically for Sierra Leone in collaboration with the WHO will assist our medical team in the USA as we establish the protocols that will guide our nationals working at the clinic as well as any foreign medical teams.
The team traveling this spring includes me, a neurotology nurse, an ER nurse, a teacher and the director of a large Seattle area hospital laboratory.
Rotaries within the panhandle of Texas are currently fundraising for the dollars we need to install the well at the clinic. During this trip we will seek to locate the company that will dig the well and costs that will be involved. A portion of the funds need to refurbish the latrines at the clinic site have been raised and that work will begin on this trip also. Upon our return we will update our Global Giving clinic site and let you know how you can help us bring sanitation and water to Ward 390, the district surrounding the GGM clinic.
In addition to the data we will be collecting from weights and heights at the clinic we will also be evaluating the health of our approximately 50 sponsored school children and young adults. We will be giving basic physicals and begin all the children and their families on worming medication. This physical will occur with each of our visits in the future as we not only ensure that the children are progressing at school but we also intend to address their physical well being.
The lab director accompanying us will begin to assess the feasibility of setting up a resource lab at the NRC compound where our clinic is located. We believe that there is no lab in Sierra Leone with a functioning Microbiology department capable of incubating cultures. We know that currently there exists only one pathologist in all of Sierra Leone. We will spend several days visiting and evaluating labs across Freetown and meeting with the Ministry of Health of Health and Sanitation. Not only will funds need to be raised for equipment but discussions need to take place in regard to staffing the labs and training of personnel. Our GGM USA medical team is continuing to write and prepare protocols for the medical team which will leave for Sierra Leone the 31st of October, 2011.
I look forward to providing everyone an update after we return in April. Until then, thank you for your continued support. You are helping us to help the citizens of beautiful Sierra Leone.