HWHL is pleased to share with you all some of the things we were thankful for in 2018:
HWHL provides direct health care to patients in 36 villages it serves in Margibi County, Liberia. Designated staff members at our clinic provide pre- and post-natal care, vaccinations and cold chain management, out patient management, laboratory and pharmacy services. The staff also provides Health Education on a variety of topics:
• Disease prevention, basic hygiene and hand washing instruction
• How to build dish racks to keep dishes out of the dirt.
• Nutrition classes and food preparation instruction
• Signs and symptoms of typhoid and malaria and treatment
• How to prevent diarrhea and subsequent treatment
• How to prevent worms and subsequent treatment
• Family planning and birth control instruction
• Mother to Mother classes
• Diabetes, heart disease, and prenatal education and treatment
2018 at a Glance:
Dr. Chris participated in a medical services outreach to Weala, Liberia where she partnered with Hands of Hope and the Weala UMC clinic.
• Dr. Chris reported that she was working with Vitamin Angels in the US and Kenya. Two pallets of prenatal vitamins and vitamin E were received. Distribution of the vitamin E was done; in total, there were 17 boxes.
Lab equipment from the Project C.U.R.E. was received thanks to efforts of Dr. Duane Spaulding, who also served as a founding member of HWHL for seven (7) years.
• The clinic now has a vaccinator. This service is free for the patients.
• Doug Nelson traveled to Liberia to work on the clinic solar system and generator.
• Monika Sannoh, COT, visited Liberia HWHL facilities in May 2018. She and two local health workers visited Cooper Farm School System and did eye screening of students from K-1 to 7th grades. Testing was also done on all of the teachers.
• In celebration of Independence Day on July 26, the clinic hosted a huge outreach. Tickets were sold for the event, as well as popcorn, donuts and candy. The event raised a total of $27,905 LD ($186 USD). The celebration was enjoyed by 500 children. Asbury United Methodist Church, Allentown, PA donated flip flops for the Festival.
• Two Barrels of Love shipments were donated to HWHL by Asbury United Methodist Church. Among the many items were clothing, personal items, cookware, utensils, china, furniture, electrical and plumbing parts, auto parts for the HWHL truck, multiple medical equipment and supplies, an oxygen concentrator, wheel chairs, walkers, commodes light fixtures, medical books, and many other items for the Center.
Some Special Projects:
Canteen: The canteen was established using a Grant from Christ UMC in Tennessee in the amount of $5,000. The canteen has a small kitchen and is attached to the clinic. Dick McCreight, Board member, helped with supplying the appliances and tableware.
Telemedicine Department: A partnership with the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA, has been established to provide consultation opportunities with US doctors when a patient is diagnosed or requires a more specialized procedure.
Pharmacy: Drugs are obtained from Monrovia at wholesale prices and the Eye Care Department is run by Monica and Caleb.
Ultrasound: Dr. Hena reported that an ultrasound technician is needed to work at the clinic. Approximately 10 ultrasounds are done per week.
We have so much to be thankful for at HWHL! As always, we thank you for your continued financial support and prayers as we continue to focus on our mission of HWHL to promote the health of the people and educate patients through Comprehensive, Sustainable, Community-Based Primary Healthcare.