On September 30th Greatest Goal Ministries will be sending a mission team to our clinic for two weeks. Our team includes two physicians, a nurse practitioner, three registered nurses, one ultrasound technician, one microbiology technician, an architect, an electrical engineer and a computer programmer.
In addition to the medical personnel bringing their expertise to the clinic, we are bringing a few specialists too.
Our ultrasound tech is equipped with three hand-portable ultrasound machines; two on loan from Sonosite and one donated by the Australian Rotary Club of Croydon and “Captain’s Choice Tour” company. This ultrasound will allow the clinic staff to accurately diagnose numerous medical issues which can only be done with the ultrasound. Issues include, but are not limited to: pregnancy (gestational age, breach position and placental positioning), abdominal pain, limb fractures, soft tissue pain, hernias, distinguishing between benign cysts and solid masses needing biopsy, parasitic infections, appendicitis, and gallstones/gallbladder disease.
The architect will conduct a survey of the clinic compound and create plans for a new outpatient clinic. This upgraded clinic will allow for a larger resource lab, x-ray, ultrasound, small outpatient surgical suite and five exam rooms.
The electrical engineer will conduct a feasibility assessment to determine what is needed to equip our facilities with solar power. This will allow us to go “green” by no longer being dependent on a gas generator and the intermittent electricity of the current grid system.
Our USA medical staff will also be conducting continuing medical education for our Sierra Leonese medical staff. The USA medical staff will continue with our community health education classes in the community surrounding the clinic.
As part of our evaluation of the pediatric population, we will conduct assessments of all children coming to the clinic who are under the age of five. These assessments include height, weight, mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC). This information will be compared to World Health Organization (WHO) standardized malnutrition chart, and allow clinic staff to compile data and refer those needing assistance to the local malnutrition center.
Stay tuned for lots of amazing photos and stories in our next report, after our team returns on October 16th!