100% of all contributions go to fund our programs

Our grants fund Maternal Newborn Health supporting equipment like portable ultrasound machines, exam-delivery tables, OB-GYN delivery tools, neonatal resuscitation kits, sterilizers, incubators or radiant warmers. We also provide laboratory equipment and complete dental suites to our partners. In 2017, we will begin delivering Neonatal Intensive Care Units and Operating Rooms.

$3,610,000

Amount of Medical Equipment funded since June 2014

Programs

Improving access to quality healthcare for the poor, offering core training programs and addressing gaps in existing health systems

Our Maternal Newborn Health (MNH) Clinic - Hospital Upgrade Program connects qualified NGOs, operating rural hospitals and clinics in sub-Saharan Africa, with Project C.U.R.E & Build Health International, leading suppliers of quality donated medical equipment to the developing world. We work with collaborating foundations, like the Segal Family Foundation (SFF), to provide funding for the Upgrade Program. Our grants fund MNH supporting equipment like portable ultrasound machines, exam-delivery tables, OB-GYN delivery tools, neonatal resuscitation kits, sterilizers, incubators or radiant warmers. We also provide laboratory equipment and complete dental suites to our partners. We will begin delivering NICUs and Operating Rooms to our partner hospitals in 2017.
We partner with an organization called Vital Health Africa (VHA) that provides free training and consultation in Africa on the Helping Babies Breathe, Essential Care for Every Baby and helping Mothers Survive protocols. In addition to training, they also assist with deliveries to provide live training support. We and VHA delivered a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to St. Francis Hospital in Kampala, Uganda in January 2017. VHA will work with their staff to develop a center of excellence for Maternal & Newborn Health. Each of our MNH grantee partners are required to have a number of their nurses /midwives complete a VHA training course.
We hired Debbie Aloyo in March 2017 to start our biomedical program. She graduated in the top 3 of her class at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and received a Rotary sponsored scholarship to attend an intensive 3 month training course in BC, Canada. Among other tasks she will: Review and approve proposed medical equipment deliverables; install, calibrate, maintain, repair, and provide technical support for the biomedical equipment at our partner clinics and hospitals; Train clinicians and biomedical staff on the proper use of equipment (including preventive maintenance); Assist partner clinics or hospitals in establishing or improving their biomedical process and procedures. We will “drive” the change – we will be leaders in implementing biomedical programs at our non-profit partners. The goal of this position is to help improve the quality of healthcare provided and outcomes achieved at the clinics and hospitals we serve.
Our grantees have to meet staffing, training, infrastructure, management and funding criteria to qualify for a grant. During our assessments (and self assessments by our partners) it became clear that they could benefit from a structured and consistent clinical training and assessment program. To help them in this area we have contracted with Lifenet International. Lifenet will perform a baseline management and clincal asssessment and an endline assessment to measure improvements in clincal training and identify on-going gaps. The training includes modules on Nursing Basics , Safe Babies, Safe Mothers and Burden of Disease. This training will increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the clinics and hospitals we serve, improve patient safety and the quality of care provided.
Most of our grantees will be receiving a new, portable ultrasound machine with their clinic upgrade program. We are offering smaller grants to certain partners to develop prenatal screening programs for remote villages using the portable ultrasound machine. This program will complement existing village outreach programs and significantly increase access to prenatal screening for the most underserved women.
Many of our partners (who are not providing delivery services) are operating effective antenatal programs but, all too often, expectant mothers (especially the poorest) deliver with a traditional birth attendant or in a sub-standard, government clinic. Our Delivery Subsidy Program (DSP) provides poor expectant mothers with a path from a quality, caring antenatal program to a safe, clean, respectful delivery in a “vetted” clinic. It can also be used to fund transport to and from a clinic and the purchase of a mama kit. The Delivery Subsidy Program (DSP) will provide the poor with a path from a quality, caring prenatal program to a safe, clean, respectful delivery in a “vetted” clinic. The subsidy can also be used for transportation to and from the clinic or the purchase of "mama" kits.
75% of expectant mothers in Hope Through Health’s (HTH) catchment areas in northern Togo deliver in a HTH supported delivery center – very impressive results. When discussing the remaining 25 % that are delivering with TBAs or with family help – the main barrier was transportation. HTH identified a great solution - tri-motorcycles with a bed and bench attached to transport remote expectant mothers to HTH supported delivery centers. 3 tri-motorcycles have been built, drivers trained and are now transporting expectant mothers to delivery centers or referral hospitals.
The TBA referral program complements the DSP as we want to positively incent and include TBAs in our path to clean, safe and respectful clinic-based deliveries for the expectant mothers that we serve. TBAs will accompany the mothers they serve and assist in the delivery process.
There is a shortage of diagnostic tools (stethoscopes, blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters, otoscopes, thermometers, ophthalmoscopes) at many of the clinics-hospitals we serve. The shortage is much greater if we look at the number of community health workers (CHWs) that are performing basic diagnosis in the field. Most CHWs are trained to use the basic tools ( blood pressure cuffs, MUAC tape, thermometers) but often lack these diagnostic tools.  In 2017, we will deliver pallets of CHW diagnostic kits of 5 and 10 units along with our Clinic / Hospital upgrades. These will be available for distribution to other clinics and CHW-focused organizations not receiving a Clinic or Hospital Upgrade.
  • Act as a Catalyst

    Connecting qualified,  community-led HEALTH NGOs with Project Cure & Build Health International for quality medical equipment and providing a source of funding for the equipment.  

  • reduce neonatal and maternal mortality rates

    Improve the quality of healthcare available at the rural clinics and hospitals we serve in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Clinic - Hospital Upgrade Program

    Providing prenatal screening , clean, safe deliveries and post-delivery care for mothers and infants in sub-Saharan Africa