Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Introducing an exciting new ODCH partner

We are delighted to announce more support for the Ola During Children's Hospital (ODCH). Cap Anamur, a German NGO which previously supported ODCH during the war, have also agreed to support the children’s hospital for at least one year. Already Cap Anamur are providing a supply of drugs and are busy repainting the wards. They also have two German nurses and a program director based full-time at the hospital, and all three are working hard to improve care. It is a real pleasure to be working with Llona, Denise and Hassan, and we look forward to collaborating with them over the next year.

The number of patients admitted to ODCH has increased dramatically in recent months. The Government of Sierra Leone has closed down numerous unlicensed clinics and the supply of drugs by Cap Anamur have dramatically boosted patient numbers. This sudden and significant increase in hospital admission has put a strain on existing hospital facilities. The hospital had already opened a very basic intensive care unit, which is now overflowing with patients. Over the next few months, the Welbodi Partnership will be working with ODCH to improve the existing intensive care unit and also open an emergency department.

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