Dear HOPE Supporter,
Thank you very much for your continued support of HOPE Hospital's patients by providing them vital food and nutrients so that they can recover fully. This last month, your donations went for a specific cause: providing nutritious food to cleft lip/palate patients. Through HOPE's partner Smile Train, the incredible surgeon Dr. Biljoy Das visits HOPE quarterly and provides as many cleft repair surgeries as possible in only a few short days. Dr. Das's visit this tme around was filled with very young patients, most under the age of 5. Well being younger is incredibly different for cleft patients who cannot swallow correctly or breastfeed, the good news is that we are reaching children in need faster than before. These young patients are being repaired before social stigmas impact their self-esteem or school attendance. For these young patients, many who suffer repeat bouts of pneumonia and sickness as a result of not eating properly, your donations to supporting them with the food they need to heal is ever more important. Thank you for your charitable giving, without you. these children would not be on their road to recovery and a brighter future as they are.
During November's burn camp, your donations were instrumental in providing food for the patients who traveled lng distances to the hospital to receive this critical surgery and care. Here at HOPE, we want to introduce you to some of the people who's lives you have touched with your conributions. This is a patient story reported by ReSurge International, our partner in burn repair:
Our first patient on the trip was 9-year-old Rifat. When Rifat was one month old, he was sleeping under a mosquito net when a strong gust of wind blew through a window in his room, knocking a kerosene lamp over. The net he was sleeping under caught fire, leaving Rifat with severe burns.
On and off for two years, he received very limited treatment at a local hospital. Because the treatment was inadequate, disabling burn scar contractures needlessly formed, making his arms and hands almost unusable. If he had received even a modest appropriate intervention earlier, he never would have developed such disabilities.
Physicians at the hospital were not able to help him with the reconstructive surgery he needed, despite his father going there and trying for seven years – but thankfully, our team was able to provide it, and Rifat should have better function soon. He will need further surgery, and ReSurge's surgical outreach program director, Dr. Shafquat Khundkar, will provide it.
Photo Credit: Jeffrey Davis
Thank you for your unwavering support.
Thank you for your continued support. At this moment HOPE is hosting a large burn camp to relieve as many children as possible of their disabilities resulting from accidental burn. Due to this camp, our hospital is flooded with burn victims receiving reconstructive surgery by our partner, California-based ReSurge International. As burn is a condition mostly impacting poor families, who use open fires to cook their food and fail to properly supervise young children, these patients and their families are too poor to afford the care their children need. HOPE has conducted an extensive outreach campagin to reach out to these families and offer the care for free. As a result, we will be relying on your gracious donations to feed these children in the hospital, as their families cannot afford to purchase food.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to sending you picures of these children who could not appreciate your suport more.
Thank you very much for your commitment to providing our needy in-hospital patients with food during their stay. What most people do not realize is that it is not only the hospital stay costs that deter patients from wanting to seek proper medical care services, but all of the associated costs as well. These costs include transportation from their remote villages, medication, loss of wages and food for them and their accompanying family. As HOPE works to provide all patients in need with free care if they are unable to pay, we seek support for some of the associated costs. Healthy, nutritious meals are essential for patients to recover and heal from surgeries, sickness and disease. Patients who are malnourished recover much more slowly, increasing the time they need to stay in the hospital and cannot return to work.
We are preparing for a significant increase in our in-patient maternal ward, for a great reason! A wonderful project was awarded to us whereby we provide 500 women with antenatal care, safe pregnancy and delivery education and provide 100 high risk women with delivery in our hospital. The minimum women giving birth will be 100, however the entire purpose of the project is to raise awareness among these women as to the importance of delivery by skilled professionals and not at home with an unskilled traditional birth attendant. So far the women have really enjoyed learning about their pregnancy, how best to take care of themselves, and the growing baby inside them. This project will truly save lives of so many women who die needlessly during labor. HOPE is looking forward to a full in-patient ward full of healthy new moms and their children.
As always, thank you for helping these women in need.
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.
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Ramu, South Mitachari,