Dear Friends and Supporters,
We are so excited to share that the first set of supplies and equipment, purchased entirely through your generous donations, were delivered last week to Dr. Fofie at the Wa Regional Hospital! Included in this delivery were:
- 1 diathermy machine with smoke evacuator
- 1 cryotherapy set
- 8 tenaculums
- 2 biopsy forceps
- 3 Petterson and 2 Graves Speculums donated by Buckeye Medical Supply
- 25 recovered Graves speculums and 5 Petterson speculums
These supplies were hand carried by Project Heal, a student run organization at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, on their annual summer service trip to Ghana at the beginning of this month. MedPLUS Connect has a long-term partnership with Project Heal and the group was actually founded by two of the founders of MedPLUS Connect while they were students at UNC. We are so grateful that the members of Project Heal volunteered their time and space in their luggage to carry these supplies! By doing so, they also saved us the cost of shipping these supplies to Wa, which enabled us to purchase the smoke evacuator to accompany the diathermy machine. This piece of equipment is a necessary accessory piece for the diathermy machine that will allow Dr. Fofie to work continuously without having to wait for the smoke generated by the diathermy procedure to dissipate.
The Project Heal members were able to meet with Dr. Fofie in Wa to transfer the supplies and upon receiving them he wrote to us that he was "highly pleased with the supplies" and will be "kick starting" the program soon now that he has them! We hope to receive some pictures from Dr. Fofie and Project Heal within the next month and will share those with you and keep you updated on the start up of the program. Thanks to the support of YOU, the first cervical cancer screening and treatment program for the Upper West Region is becoming a reality!
We also wanted to let you know that Global Giving is having their second bonus day of the year on Wednesday, June 15th and the exciting news is that is the GG Rewards Bonus Day! That means that as a "Leader," any donations made to the cervical cancer program through GlobalGiving.org on June 15th will be matched at 40% instead of the usual 30%! That means a donation of $100 would yield $140 for the additional supplies needed to extend the reach of the cervical cancer screening and treatment program to all of the Upper West Region! See more about the program and past reports here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/prevent-cancer-for-women-in-ghana/
Thank you for your support, we are sincerely grateful. As always we are open to comments, questions, or suggestions and you can reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.