It's late February and Bobby Smith returned to Sierra Leone to oversee the completion and installation of the computer lab at St. Anthony's School. As you may know, the Hope for Lives Computer Lab is conveniently located a few steps from the Hope for Lives Library at St. Anthony's School.
Our recent shipment has arrived in Sierra Leone including the 7 Hematology Analyzers and Immunoassay machines, a variety of specialized cardiology equipment, a lot of medical supplies and whatever else we could fit into the shipping container. We don't know yet the destination for all of this equipment, but with all that has been collected, we could probably open one of the best equipped hospitals in West Africa. We'll just have to wait and see how this plays out.
As of this writing, Bobby has yet to return to to the U.S. to regale us with stories of his activity in Sierra Leone. He travels to Africa with a general idea of what he has to accomplish, but things often expand to include time with the St. Anthony students, feedings, health screenings, distribution of shoes, visiting the amputees and other activities. I can't wait to post the photos.
For now, we'll just encourage you to donate to Hope for Lives. Unfortunately, much of the funding for these projects and travel associated comes out of Bobby's tiny pockets. We are ever grateful to our donors of medical supplies and equipment, particularly Suburban Hospital Johns Hopkins and Bobby's cardiologist friends. Your monetary donations are what pays to ship these valuable donated goods to Sierra Lone, so please help us keep up the pace of relief and opportunity.
We visited a small one-bedroom clinic in Wilberforce, Freetown. Hope for Lives has been providing medical supplies to this clinic called, Hope Life Savers Clinic. During our visit to the clinic, more than a hundred women and children waited to visit with us. I was in tears the entire time. Looking at many of them, you can see hope from their eyes.
We have just sent another huge container full of medical equipment and supplies to Sierra Leone to help provide healthcare to those still suffering. The focus will now be on training healthcare providers how to use the equipment properly with the latest techniques in medical care.
Hope for Lives is raising funds to send critical medical equipment to Sierra Leone. This equipment will be delivered to hospitals with patients in dire need of proper medical imaging. Your support will go DIRECTLY to saving lives. Click View Post to learn more and how you can help us take a #HugeStep in improving Healthcare in Sierra Leone.
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Bethesda, Maryland, has pledged a very generous donation of seven hematology and immunoassay machines used in processing panels for plasma, serum and urine that are vital in analyzing patient health conditions.
Bobby traveled to Atlanta, Georgia this week to take part in Ebola training provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Click "View Post" to read about his experience.