Recently, we have been trying out new methods to find more patients who are suffering from burn injuries. We would like to share the most successful initiative out of our new approaches. HOPE established the HOPE Village Provider Network, which is comprised of 50 village pharmacists working in remote areas. You see, village pharmacists are among the most trusted in rural populations, even more so than doctors. What we do is recruit pharmacists into our network by providing them with education on varying issues, discounted products, discounted family health cards for their patients at any HOPE center and the right to use our logo as a HOPE Village Provider. In turn, when a patient comes to the pharmacist suffering from one of the discussed illnesses/issues the Provider was educated on, they educate the patient on the help available at HOPE and refer the patient, if they are interested. This has brought new life to our referral process and we are receving more patients that are eligible for burn surgery than ever before. Thank you for your suport of tis vuknerable patients as we continue to seek them out to offer them life-changing surgery.
Finding patients in remote areas is difficult work considering many villages are difficult to reach. We had to think of a way to reach more patients in remote regions in a sustainable way, and that is when we came up with the Village Provider Network. This network is made up of village pharmacists who are leaders in their villages and sought after for medical advice. We thought if we can include them in our network, educate them on pertinent issues, diseases and the services we offer, developing a referral system would be momentous in referring patients. So that is what we did.
At the end of 2015 we brought 50 providers together for a training and orientation program. Now these providers are further trained on first response in burn care and know to refer patients to HOPE Hospital for burn reconstructive surgery and care. The Village Providers in exchange are supported with supplies, medicine and family discount cards to give to their customers to use at HOPE. It’s truly a win-win situation for both HOPE and the providers, and they have already begun referring a lot of patients to us for care. We could not be more pleased with this new outreach initiative.
We thank you so much for your continued support to our burn reconstructive project. Thus far, we have repaired 96 patients suffering from disabling burn injuries! As always, our partner on this project is ReSurge International, who sends their team to do the surgical reparations and to teach our local staff on burn care. In between the visits of ReSurge, HOPE doctors provide follow-up care to the patients and HOPE's physical therapists work with the patients on restoring the function of their limbs. Your help truly changes the lives of these patients. Thank you for your continued support.
It is important for us to let you know exactly how your support changes the lives of our patients. We would like you to be introduced to Azida, a patient with an incredible spirit despite the difficult life she has lead.
Azida was just one month old when a gust of wind knocked over the candle next to her bed and lit her moquito net on fire. As she is one in a family of seven and her Father only makes $5-$7 a day as a laborer, options for burn treatment were too far and too expensive for the family.Due to the fact that she did not receive immediate care, Azida's burn wounds contracted, causing her hand and arm to fuse together. She has only had use of one arm and one hand from the time of her injury. During one of our partner ReSurge International's trips to provide care for burn patients at our hospital, the staff and ReSurge Team were taken by this young girl. Azida was playful, hopeful, and continously smiling as she worked with the team and HOPE staff.
Your support goes to helping patients like Azida not only gain access to surgery but for follow-up care and support at our hospital for months after their surgery. Thank you for your dedication to helping burn patients in rural Bangladesh.
I wanted to take this time to share an incredible story with you about to demonstrate just how much your contributions impact the lives of those HOPE provides care for:
Mohammad is a son of a day laborer who has a very low income. When Mohammad was only two months old, a lamp fell on him while he was asleep and burnt his neck, developing a debilitating contracture.
Mohammad was only taken to a nearby medical store after the injury. His parents were not financially sound enough to take him to a medical facility for treatment. Mohammad could not straighten his neck or carry anything due to the contracture. Boys his age tended to ignore him, and he was socially isolated from his peers. Mohammad is just 15 years old now.
The surgery was done at HOPE's third camp Mohammad is excited to start his life fresh, feeling more confident than he ever has before.
From Mohammad's family to the HOPE family, we thank you for your unwavering support to provide life-changing care for burn victims.
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