Archive for September, 2016

serge-levyc2013-prayerLord, we all have serious health problems

Our eyesight is poor
Silver and gold seem the brightest colours,
Followed by the green of greed, and
The blues of thwarted desires.

Our hearing is poor too
We can’t hear the cries of the weak,
Nor your warnings of judgement.

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We Welcome Emergencies

Posted: 17 September 2016 in Haiti
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Why welcome emergencies?  Car accident victims, burst appendices, food poisoning, premature births, etc?  Blood and guts with accompanied terrors, pain fear?  Because that is where much hospital care starts and we exist for this. (And more besides.)

Back in Haiti.  L’Hopital Convention Baptiste d’Haiti Emergency Department building was finished during my last visit, but a medical service is far far more than just a building.  It needs adequate equipment and trained staff.  And now this gear has arrived by container from HHA in UK, the Hospital have opened for business.  In the first month: road accidents, emergency surgeries, drowning, other traumas, animal bites, domestic accidents, burns etc.  People getting swift, effective treatment – rather than going further afield, or to expensive private clinic.  Or resorting to DIY.

Of course, before we had the Emergency Department, we did this work anyway.  But now HCBH staff manage to do the triage faster and take better care of our patients.   When Radiology Department is open and fully function, then the service will be in top gear. (more…)

Creative budgeting 1Have you played Budget-Tango?  Between a charity that supports other institutions, say a hospital, school, homeless project, there is a dance.  Where the donor and done strut around eachother. It is Budget-Tango.

Your charity or grant making body seeks to support an independent organisation or project, in UK or elsewhere, with some funding and some management and budget advice.  Their show – but your help too.

Opening Moves of the Dance
It starts when they send you a copy of their budget.  Very nice to get one at all.  Do not be surprised at the number of front line services that do not have them.  The Chief Medical Officer/ Principle Housing Director/ Emergencies Director did not enter their vocation to sit in the office playing with spreadsheets and accounting jargon.  But you’ve got one – hurrah!

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