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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
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BURULI ULCER

Buruli ulcer is a waterborne disease caused by a bacteria related to leprosy and tuberculosis. Necrotic skin lesions leading to amputation of arms and legs, loss of eyes, loss of reproductive systems, and frequently death, are a few of the consequences of this disease. Untreated lesions secrete a toxin that resists the body’s immune response.

The national prevalence rate of active lesions in Ghana is 20.7 per 100,000 people, while the rate in the districts covered by the Diocese of Obuasi is 150.8 per 100,000 people, more than seven times greater than the national rate. At St. Martin Hospital, which serves as the buruli ulcer treatment center for the Diocese, one can find young patients below seven months old as well as those over 100 years of age. Statistics show that children under 15 and women more often contract this disease than others in the population; the majority of patients are under 20. From this information and the above photos it was obvious that a water well was urgently needed in this area, as well as surrounding villages. This village is located in the center of the affected areas.

We have successfully drilled a bore hole and mechanized it. Due to the efforts of the Ohio and NY Chapters of IHM and their donors, Buruli disease has been virtually eliminated in this village.

However, there are other villages in the Amansi West area that also need assistance. If you would like to help us with these suffering people please contact us.

  
 We are in desperate need of help with clinic in Likpe Bakwa Minimize

Thanks to the support of our partners on this project, the Carter Center and Sahara Oil, the repairs are completed and new bathrooms have been installed.

The clinic, which was built and commissioned in the 1960s, had not seen any major rehabilitation work or replacement of obsolete or broken equipment for over ten years. The people of Likpe Bakwa and the entire Likpe traditional area would be highly appreciative and thankful if the following needs could be provided to the Center to facilitate and enhance its operation:

  1. Ambulance
  2. Stand-by generator
  3. Rehabilitation of the water system in the hospital including the borehole mechanization to a reservoir to supply water to the hospital. As of now, all the washrooms/bathrooms are not operational because there is no water as such at the Health Center. The mechanized borehole of the Center has not being in good condition for so many years now. This makes the work very difficult for the Health superintendent in-charge and the nurses at the Center. Due to this water problem and the lack of equipments many nurses/workers sent to the Center are reluctant to go and work in the Center.  COMPLETED
  4. Beds are in severely needed. There is a 50-bed capacity for the Center but presently there are only 5 old beds.
  5. Incinerator to help manage waste at the Center. With no incinerator the waste from the center is dumped at a particular site and is polluting the stream which is a major source of water for the inhabitants of Likpe Bakwa, especially during the raining season.
  6. Wheelchairs
  7. Mower(s) and grass cutters to weed and trim flowers at the Center
  8. Basic equipment for the lab and for taking blood pressure
  9. Operational Theater

As of now we have the following staff at the Center:
One Chief Superintendent; one general nurse; two midwives of which one is on contract and could leave the Center at any time; four community health nurses; four other assistants; and two laborers.

The beneficiaries are people of the Likpe traditional area, the Ewli traditional area, and also people from the neighboring country of Togo, especially the refugees. As of now the average daily attendance is between 100 and 120 patients; low when compared to the recent past. This low attendance is due to the poor condition of the hospital. Anyone who is sick and needs a referral has to find his/her own means of transport and this complicates the problem of the patient's and their family. In fact, during the farming season there is even more pressure on the staff of the Center. Unfortunately the Center, which was established at the heart of a farming community, lacks even anti-snake venom injections. When someone is bitten by a snake, the person may die if he/she does not quickly get a passenger vehicle to be conveyed to the nearest district hospital for treatment.

Please contact me if you would like to help with this project. We desperately need assistance to fund this clinic, acquire additional beds and equipment listed above asap!

  
 New Childrens Hospital Beds For St. Mary's Minimize
Hospital Beds for St Mary Teresa hospital in Dodi Papase Ghana Hospital Beds for St Mary Teresa hospital in Dodi Papase Ghana

Thanks to the generosity of one of our donors, Jourdan Urbach, we were able to purchase 12 children's hospital beds that were desperately needed for St. Mary Teresa Hospital. The hospital, which serves the northern part of the Jasikan diocese in Ghana, had no beds for children, and when children were admitted, often the hospital would have to use beds from the adult ward and would then have to turn away adult patients. At other times children would have to lay on mats on the floor, which often led to a worsening of their illness and even pneumonia. The hospital is located in a very remote area where the villagers are very poor. Often they would come there when the illness had already peaked because they could not afford medicine.

We are in need of additional support for St. Mary Teresa, so any donations for this hospital would be greatly appreciated.

  
 

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