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Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana

by MedPLUS Connect
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana
Preventing Cancer for Women in Ghana

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

We have a very exciting update to share you with regarding the Cervical Cancer Program! We recently found out that Dr. Fofie, the dedicated physician who initiated the idea for the cervical cancer screening and treatment program, is able to return to work at the Wa Regional Hospital in the upcoming months! We are so glad that Dr. Fofie has now fully recovered from the eye injuries that caused him to temporarily cease his employment as the primary OBGYN at the hospital. He is currently in the process of reinstating his position and hopes to be back in Wa by September!

As you all know, Dr. Duodu has been acting as the head of the program in Dr. Fofie's absence and will continue to do so until Dr. Fofie's full return. We sincerely appreciate all of Dr. Duodu's help and efforts in setting up the cervical cancer program so far. However, Dr. Duodu is also in charge of the fistual program for the Upper West Region and as such has a very demanding schedule. We are so grateful to him for his help while Dr. Fofie recovered but are also very excited to see Dr. Fofie return to his passion of establishing the first cervical cancer screening and treatment program in the Upper West Region. 

Additionally, one of our Board Members recently recovered 25 standard Graves speculums and 5 Petterson speculums (for women who haven't had children) from a medical supply warehouse. These supplies are worth over $400- funds that can now be diverted to purchase additional supplies that were not originally included in our first purchase! While the items such as a diathermy machine and cryotherapy set are not often donated, we hope that we will be able to continue to find recovered speculums, tenaculums and/or forceps that will allow the funds you have all generously donated to go further towards purchasing the more expensive equipment.

Project Heal, the student organization we mentioned in our last update, will also be returning soon from their trip to Ghana and we look forward to hearing how it went. We will keep you all updated on their trip and as Dr. Fofie returns to Wa. Thank you all for your continued support of this important and much needed program! As always we are open to comments, questions, or suggestions and you can reach me directly at director@medplusconnect.org.

Thank you,

Anna LeViere

Dear Friends and Supporters,

We wanted to give you a little background on our organization, MedPLUS Connect, to preface the latest update on the cervical cancer program. The idea for MedPLUS Connect began when our three founders were still undergraduate students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The idea grew from a student run organization they also began while in college, called Project Heal. This group was a service group that taught basic first aid and dental workshops in Ghana and also brought over very basic medical supplies as well. When our founders saw the significant shortages of medical supplies in the hospitals and health centers throughout Ghana, they decided to pursue the idea of Project Heal on a larger scale and founded MedPLUS Connect. The primary mission of MedPLUS Connect is sending recovered medical supplies to hospitals and health centers in Ghana but we also undertake specific value added projects when the need is communicated to us through our community partners. Establishing the first cervical cancer screening and treatment program is one of these value added projects that we remain highly committed to.

Project Heal is still a successful student organization at UNC and the partnership between the two organizations has remained strong as both MedPLUS and Project Heal have grown. We are excited that the students who will be traveling to Ghana on Project Heal's service trip this summer are very interested in helping out with the cervical cancer program! We are talking with Dr. Duodu to find out the specific ways they can best help the program but some of the possibilities include hand carrying items such as the speculums and forceps, to Wa, Ghana and assisting with the training of the nurses on cervical cancer screening. We are so excited that our partnership with Project Heal will now be able to aid the cervical cancer program and should have more information on this by the time of our next update! 

We are also excited that it's almost time for the first Matching Day of 2015! The first matching day of the year is this Wednesday, March 18th! All donations (up to $1,000) will receive a 30% match from Global Giving, while funds remain. This means that a donation of $100 will actually earn the cervical cancer program $130! Matching will begin at 9:00 am EDT on Wednesday, March 18th and will end at midnight.

If a larger donation seems overwhelming, you can also give a recurring donation, where you give a little bit each month for as long as you like. Just $12 purchases a speculum that is used to provide early screening for cervical cancer! Please visit our project page if you would like to make a donation or share our page with your family, friends and colleagues: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/prevent-cancer-for-women-in-ghana/.

Thank you all for your continued support of this important and much needed program! As always we are open to comments, questions, or suggestions and you can reach me directly at director@medplusconnect.org.

Thank you,

Anna LeViere

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! We are so grateful for your continued support throughout this past year. 2014 was an exciting year for us as it was our first full year on Global Giving! As many of you know, we participated in the Open Challenge in 2013 and, directly due to your support, raised enough funds to earn a permanent spot here on Global Giving for the cervical cancer program. In total we have now raised $7,313.76 to fund the first cervical cancer screening and treatment program in the Upper West Region! This program is so important for the women in the Upper West Region because although cervical cancer is the most common cancer among women in Ghana and affects thousands each year, the women of the Upper West Region currently have little to no access to cervical care. They currently have to travel across the country to receive treatment for cervical cancer and receive very little preventative screening. However, the hospitals in the Upper West lack the funds to instill this program on their own. By providing the supplies needed for both screening and treatment of cervical cancer, you are helping us reduce the cost burden and enabling the establishment of this program. 

At the time of our last update, we had worked with Dr. Duodu and Dr. Fofie to decide which supplies (1 diathermy machine, 1 cryotherapy set, 2 biopsy forceps, 10 tenaculums, 25 speculums and 10 sponge forceps) to purchase for the first shipment to Wa. Our In Country Director and Board Member are currently working with the Ministry of Health to ensure that the supplies can be cleared promptly on arrival and that there will be no delay in customs. In the meantime, we are still in regualr communication with Dr. Duodu, and he is signing an agreement to provide up-to-date information and pictures of the supplies when they arrive. We look forward to finalzing our shipments and getting to tell Dr. Duodu the supplies are on the way in the New Year!

We also wanted to let you all know of a great opportunity Global Giving is offering this holiday season. If you're still looking for gift ideas for loved ones, you can always consider a donation to the cervical cancer program in their honor by visiting http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/prevent-cancer-for-women-in-ghana/. And, when you sign up for a new monthly recurring donation between now and December 31st, a generous anonymous donor will match your initial gift at 100%! If you donate in honor of someone or as a gift, a personalized card will be sent to your loved one, notiftying them of the donation. Giving a gift that helps save the lives of women in Ghana may be the perfect gift for your loved ones! Thank you again for all of your support over this past year, and we look forward to many exciting updates in 2015! Happy Holidays! 

Thank you,

Anna LeViere

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

We have exciting news to share with you! At the time of our last report we had just gotten news that the Wa Regional Hospital had hired a new physician while Dr. Fofie continues to recover. At that point we were still trying to get in touch with Dr. Duodu, the new physician to discuss the cervical cancer program with him. We are happy to report that Dr. Duodu is now fully established at the Wa Regional Hospital and strongly supports the establshment of the first cervical cancer screening and treatment program in the Upper West Region. 

In our first conversations with Dr. Duodu, he told us that the cervical cancer program "is a welcome idea which we need to support" and expressed his commitment to working with both MedPLUS Connect and Dr. Fofie in any way he can, stating "I am ready to do everything to make the program succeed." We are so grateful to have Dr. Duodu's full support while Dr. Fofie steadliy recovers and are so excited to begin purchasing the first set of equipment and supplies to establish the program! In conversations with both Dr. Duodu and Dr. Fofie, we have decided to purchase 1 diathermy machine, 1 cryotherapy set, and 2 biopsy forceps, in addition to 10 tenaculums, 25 speculums and 10 sponge forceps. The diathermy machine and cyotherapy set are the most expensive pieces of equipment for the program but also the most needed so we are grateful that we are able to provide 1 of each in this first set of equipment. We have also begun talking with Dr. Duodu about the best ways we can help support the training of the nurses who will begin implementing the cervical cancer screening once the equipment arrives. Once the items arrive in Wa, Ghana we will be sure to ask Dr. Duodu for pictures! We will keep you all updated as the program continues to steadily progress. Thank you again for all of your support- we would not be able to purchase these highly needed pieces of equipment without you! 

We also wanted to remind everyone that the next Global Giving Matching Day (the last one of the year) is coming up on October 15th! Global Giving is offering a 30% match on all donations up to $1,000 per donor per project, while funds remain. There is $75,000 available in matching and matching begins at 9:00 am EDT and lasts until funds run out or 11:59 pm EDT so its best to give early! This is the perfect opportunity to see your donation make a larger impact and enables us to purchase a second set of supplies for the cervical cancer program. To visit our page and make a donation follow this link: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/prevent-cancer-for-women-in-ghana/

Thank you for your patience and continued support of this important and much needed program! As always we are open to comments, questions, or suggestions and you can reach me directly at director@medplusconnect.org. 

Thank you, 

Anna LeViere

Dear Friends and Supporters, 

At the time of our last report, the Wa Regional Hospital was currently in the process of looking for and hiring a new OBGYN physician. We're excited to let you know that a new OBGYN has now been hired and will soon start work at the Wa Regional Hospital! The hospital was forced to look for a new physician after Dr. Fofie, the current OBGYN at the Wa Hospital and our partner in the cervical cancer program, suffered a car accident that has left his eyesight hindered. We are happy to report that although he is still awaiting a series of surgeries, Dr. Fofie continues to steadily recover and remains very excited about the cervical cancer program. 

We are currently in the midst of getting in touch with the new physician and hope that once his employment officially begins at the hospital we will soon be able to set up a time to order and deliver the first set of supplies to begin the cervical cancer screening and treatment program. We expect our first purchases will be the diathermy machine and cryotherapy sets as these are the most urgently needed to begin treating women for cervical cancer. 

We are so happy that the cervical cancer program will soon be underway and expect that things will begin to move much more quickly from here on. In the meantime, we also wanted to let you know that the next Matching Day with Global Giving is coming up on Wednesday, July 16th. Donations will be matched at 30%, starting at 9am and going until the matching funds run out so it’s best to give early! This is the perfect opportunity to see your donation make a larger impact and enables us to purchase more supplies for the cervical cancer program. 

Thank you for your patience and continued support of this important and much needed program! As always we are open to comments, questions, or suggestions and you can reach me directly at director@medplusconnect.org. 

Thank you,

Anna LeViere

 

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MedPLUS Connect

Location: South Euclid, OH - USA
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Anna LeViere
South Euclid, OH United States

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