Dear HOPE Supporter,
Thank you for your continued support in helping us feed 150 of our patients in great need. Please find attached HOPE's 2013 Annual Report, which details our achievements last year. You will learn just how many patients we saw last year, what the highest diseases and conditions we treated were last year, and read about our specialized projects. Your support in providing food to hospital patients not only serves our day-to-day in-patients but also provides food to our patients involved in special camps such as our cleft lip/palate and obstetric fistula repair camps. The work done last year will serve as benchmarks for us to surpass in 2014. All of this work was made possible by donors like YOU, and we could not be more thankful. Please take a look at the work you made possible, and the lives of those you have changed forever.
Thank you for your valuable donations to providing food for patients at HOPE Hospital. As HOPE does not turn a single patient away and will bear the cost of medical treatment for patients unable to pay, these same patients are unable to afford food during their hospital stay either. As we are caring for an increased amount of admitted patients, our need for your help is even greater. In just the first two months of 2014, HOPE provided care to 2,198 individuals in great need. These numbers are comprised of out-patient, in-patient, surgery and delivery. Many of these patients were served free of charge but the hospital needs additional support to fed them. Proper nutrition is essential to healing, and therefore cannot be dismissed out of the treatment process. Please help us continue to provide our patients with the care they need.
Due to our fantastic partnership with Smile Train, HOPE Hospital is conducting an increased amount of cleft lip/palate surgeries for children who's lives are about to change. When these patients arrive to our hospital, their families cannot afford food. Cleft Lip/Palate is a consequence of poverty, one that occurs in families who received little to no education and cannot afford proper antenatal care services while the mother is pregnant to prevent such a disability in her child. These families travel long distances to have their children receive the life-changing surgery they deserve and are spend all they have on transportation. Please help us feed patients like Tareque and enjoy his incredible story.
Tareque, a 3-year old boy from Chakaria was born with cleft lip and palate. His parents were unaware of the importance of folic acid for the mothers during pregnancy. Tareque was kept hidden away from other children and his relatives due to the terrible stigmatization and embarrassment his parents felt. His father believed the deformity arose from the lunar eclipse. Tareque’s parents knew his deformity could be repaired and attempted to take him for surgery at Chittagong Lion Hospital but due to transportation-related issues, Tareque missed his surgery. His parents had heard about HOPE Hospital and their specialization in repairing cleft lip and palates and immediately registered him for surgery.
Tareque’s surgery was a success, and his parents bring him to social functions with no hesitation! They are so delighted about the results from the surgery and say they cannot wait to see him grow up with a beautiful smile. Tareque’s Father believes that if they hadn’t taken Tareque to HOPE Hospital for surgery, their son would have grown up resenting his parents for lack of action. Now the family is happy and looking very much towards the future.
Dear HOPE Supporter,Thank you very much for your generous support to our project: Feed 150 Hospital patients in Bangladesh! Due to your incredible donations, HOPE has utilized your support for admitted patients that could not afford meals otherwise. Moreover, HOPE is hosting a burn repair camp, to be implemented by Resurge International, a USA based charitable organization focused on treating burn injuries. During this camp, whereby we hope to provide surgery to women and children who have been victims of burn accidents, HOPE will use the suport we have garnered for this project to feed these patients! Currently one third of all global deaths resulting from severe burns occurs in South Asia, and due to the use of open fires for cooking and lighting in impoverished regions of Bangladesh, we have a lot of work ahead of us to begin providing burn care. This camp will help those women and children who have been disabled by their untreated burns through plastic surgery to restore function and movement to destroyed body parts and help them return to work or school! This is a huge project that will begin to meet such a high need and your donations are helping us to do this. Thank YOU again for your incredible committment to helping those truly in need. Your support is invaluable to the women and children of Bangladesh.Best Regards,Ashley Pugh
HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh has been extremely busy in the past few months! Despite Cyclone Mahasan that hit our village of Cox’s Bazar, we have continued to provide lifesaving health care services to those most in need. HOPE Foundation has held two cleft surgery camps in collaboration with our recent partner Smile Train, working tirelessly to give those children a second chance at life. HOPE also received a visit from our obstetric fistula surgeon, the world renowned Dr. Steven Arrowsmith, and put on an obstetric fistula repair camp during the cyclone! Because of these efforts, 18 women are now cured of their incredibly debilitating condition. In addition to providing high quality health care to thousands of women and children, these specialized care camps make HOPE a place for advanced medical specialty, which is rare given just how rural and remote of areas we are working in.
HOPE has formed new partnerships as well. On top of gaining new corporate sponsors, HOPE is now partnering with Resurge International, a California-based organization that conducts medical missions to cure burn, trauma and cleft in the world’s most desperate of places. In South Asia, more children die of severe burns than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Respiratory disease! This is due to the fact that women and children use open fire cooking pits to cook and light their homes. Often times their clothing is too loose from the body and catches on fire. Other times children are playing too closely to the fire and lack adult supervision. We are now working to address these severe burns and provide reconstructive surgery to hands and feet that have been rendered useless due to burn injuries. HOPE is looking forward to October when Resurge International will come to Cox’s Bazar and provide 50 surgeries to disabled individuals!
In the near future HOPE will be expanding its educational and training opportunities for rural women and girls, and provide not only them with a livelihood and advanced skill, but also be increasing the capacity of Cox’s Bazar to help bring themselves out of poverty. In educating more girls in the health care field, we are giving them the skills training that will employ them for the rest of their lives, while helping the community build better access to trained health care workers. It is essential that we continue to build the capacity of the region in which we work, as it is the most sustainable way forward. HOPE wants to ensure we are always giving back to these people in the most appropriate and generous form.
Thank you for your incredible support to HOPE Foundation for Women and Children of Bangladesh. Without YOU, we could not do any of this lifesaving work!
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Ramu, South Mitachari,