We are pleased to announce that medical equipment to support Maternal Newborn Health services shipped from IMEC to Hope Through Health supported clinics in Togo last week. Hope Through Health delivers efficient, effective, community-driven healthcare in the neglected country of Togo. This delivery will equip three clinics in the Kara area in north Togo.
The equipment includes 2 portable ultrasound machines, 3 maternity exam rooms, 3 complete delivery suites (delivery bed, bassinets, fetal Doppler monitors, blood pressure cuffs...), 9 hospital beds, 3 sterilizers and associated medical supplies. This delivery will enhance the prenatal screening capabilities of the clinics and will enable clean, safe deliveries and post delivery care for mother and infant. In planning for the equipment, Hope Through Health has trained its head nurse and three birth attendants in prenatal and postnatal care and safe birth practices, using the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Safe Childbirth Checklist.
Hope Through Health trained Community Health Workers will soon be able to refer mothers to well equipped, properly staffed and trained delivery clinics. The ultrasound machines will improve prenatal screening capabilities and, we hope, will attract a greater number of expectant mothers to participate in and to complete the 4 step prenatal program. Another key goal is to increase the percentage of women delivering at a clinic.
After recently visiting the clinics Jenny Schechter, Executive Director of Hope Through Health, commented "I have no doubt that this equipment will have a transformational effect on these clinics. By improving the quality of equipment and supplies available in these remote rural clinics we will increase the number of patients who receive care, improve the quality of care provided and perhaps most importantly, reinforce the dignity of our patients and the clinicians who serve them."
We are grateful to the Segal Family Foundation for joining us as a co-funder in this important project. We look forward to working with Hope Through Health in the future to serve those in need in Togo.