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