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This is the question my friend Therese McKenna asked me a few months ago when we were talking about sustainable health care in developing countries. That is the opportunity to support medical and nursing colleagues around the globe by exchanging expertise.
Thus began a journey of learning about an amazing hospital and clinic, FAME, in Karatu, Tanzania, where local Tanzanian doctors, nurses and health care workers are saving lives, delivering babies and caring for people who often walk for days to obtain care.
Started by Dr. Frank Artress and his wife Susan Gustafson in 2002, FAME provides care to people living in area where previously there had only been 3 doctors for over 240,000 people.
This video by Hannah Bowman explains their mission far better than I can:
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I’ve been invited to volunteer and learn from the staff at the FAME clinic and hospital in January. I like their philosophy, they’re a non-demonational hospital and clinic where the emphasis is respecting the expertise of the local Tanzanian physicians, nurses and health care workers and helping when asked.
It’s an incredible honor, and right now, I’m busy studying up on various tropical infections, treating HIV in pregnancy, prevention of transmission to newborns, while also trying to learn some Swahili Habari = Hello!
I’ll be posting photos and videos whenever the internet in Karatu is willing and able. I hope you’ll follow me on this journey and if you’re as inspired as I am, I hope you’ll consider making a tax deductible donation to FAMEAfrica.org
I’ll also be collecting donations here in Silicon Valley, so that I can purchase needed medical supplies, such as IV tubing, Oxygen tubing, waterproof pads, syringes, glucose test strips and many other items. Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to make a direct donation.
Thank you very much
When lives are on the line:
It’s hard enough providing decent medical care to people in developing countries on a good day, let alone after an earthquake. Ever wonder what it’s like to “hit the ground running” and try to triage and provide care to people in a developing country after a natural disaster?
Saving Jimani is the harrowing account of one volunteer’s experience in the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake. This autobiography, written by Rene Steinhauer, is a detailed report of the everyday acts of heroism and strength of human spirit witnessed by an adventure-seeking RN and self-described weary combat medic who comes face-to-face with the tragedy of a devastating natural disaster.
This story grants readers a perspective on the physical and emotion devastation caused by the Haiti earthquake and the urgent call to serve felt by disaster relief volunteers.
Landau Uniforms “Making Lives Better” Scholarship
I’m very honored to share this wonderful scholarship to current and aspiring nursing students sponsored by Landau Uniforms. Please pass this along to the aspiring nurses in your life – the scholarship application period opens today (Feb. 4, 2014).
Are you a nursing student or recently been accepted into nursing school? Are you excited about becoming a nurse but worried about the costs of education?
Landau Uniforms is reaching out to help those aspiring to serve others. Landau Uniforms is offering four $2,500 scholarships to current and aspiring nursing students through the Landau “Making Lives Better” Scholarship.
From now through April 10th, APPLY for a chance to win a $2,500 scholarship from Landau Uniforms.
Applicants limited to ONE entry. Winners will be announced the week of May 5th.
Landau Uniforms has been a leader in healthcare uniform apparel industry for over 50 years. At Landau making scrubs the right way is they only way we know how to do it. Using only the best materials available from superior fabric to better construction and design, Landau scrubs are simply “Made Better.” To learn more go to www.landau.com.
As many of you know, I dedicate a section of my blog to featuring heroes in the community. I have had the pleasure of meeting so many inspiring people and working with so many amazing organizations over the course of my career. One such organization, There With Care, founded by a one-time associate producer of the Harry Potter films – Paula DuPre’ Pesmen– is doing amazing things for families of sick children. As a nurse, I am honored to share their cause with you. It’s a non-profit with so much heart and my hope is that you will be transformed by their story. Maybe you will even be inspired to give more personally in the New Year! I hope so.
Since 2005, There With Care has supported hundreds of children and families facing critical illness in the Bay Area. Services are available for patients fighting cancer, blood disorders, or other life-threatening diseases, as well as babies in the neo-natal ICU. Their families receive services based on referrals from social workers at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
There With Care’s Mission:
There With Care’s mission is “to provide a wide range of meaningful and fundamental services to children and families during the critical phase of a medical crisis. We serve families, referred by medical agencies, by building a network of services and people who ease the burden of life’s day-to-day obligations with compassion and care.”
When a family faces the reality of a sick child, even the simplest daily tasks (paying bills, cooking meals, doing laundry, caring for other siblings) can become overwhelming burdens. For those of us lucky enough to have healthy children, it’s hard to imagine. But that’s where There With Care steps in, collaborating with hospitals and social workers, to support the entire family during their difficult time. Here are some of the ways that There With Care supports families:
Meal Program: Relieving the financial strains with a delivery of grocery necessities allows a parent to avoid taking an immune compromised child out to the store and prepared meal deliveries let families have much needed time together.
Patient and Sibling Support: Keeping families together so that they are able to support each other by providing babysitting, mentoring and tutoring for patients and siblings.
After seeing the utter devastation in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Yolanda), I was moved to help out.
With so many friends from the Philippines and after years working alongside many caring and compassionate nurses who are Filipino, I’ll be making a donation to the Philippine Red Cross.
Here’s a direct link to donate to the Philippine Red Cross.
For every person who Likes my Facebook page, I’ll donate one dollar. Every little bit helps, so please feel free to pass this along to your friends.
Thanks so much.
As a nurse, I was inspired by this an amazing woman, Parthenia Warford who now has devoted herself to helping military widows and single moms become self-sufficient through a nursing degree. She started the Warford Foundation, a non-profit organization run on a shoe-string budget. Parthenia herself was a single mom at the age of 17, yet with the help of family and friends was able to make sure her daughter was well cared for and she finished school.
On the sage advice of her grandfather, Parthenia enlisted in the army at age 21 and worked her way up the ranks, from Georgia to NATO headquarters. Prior to her retirement after 20 years, she was executive assistant to the assistant deputy cheif of staff for Army Intelligence. In addition, she has not 1, not 2, but 3 advanced degrees, the last one she earned is in the field of Non-Profit management. (more…)
From the National Non-Profit Project Pink Comes a Story of Love, Liberation and Laughter:
The Breast Cancer Diaries
For ten years, Ann Murray Paige covered the news, but for the biggest story of her life she turned the camera on herself. When Ann, a former local news reporter and anchor is diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, she sets up a diary camera in her bedroom.
Our Featured Guest Writer Today is Laurie Andreoni, President, Waking Dream Designs
Alopecia, or hair loss, is a chemotherapy side effect that many of us fear more than any other aspect of treatment. With no hair and the high stress of cancer treatment how can you maintain confidence?
After losing my hair from chemotherapy for breast cancer, I panicked when my skin became too sensitive for wigs. A scarf tied behind my head reminded me of dusting cobwebs. I wanted something comfortable and poufy so I wouldn’t look as lousy as I felt.
This became a mission of creating something beautiful out of this chapter of my life. I learned to wrap big scarves, and the style was so unique that it drew compliments even from strangers. Since it was difficult to imitate, I snipped fabrics into a new pattern, produced short runs with a sewing contractor, and Titillating Turbans were born! (more…)
If you know anyone who is graduating, this is a wonderful letter to a graduating class written by Peter Shankman
“Expect greatness, prepare for utter failure and never be unwilling to change. You’re going to have incredible moments of greatness in your life, I promise you. The things you’re going to do successfully are so incredible, your little high-school brains can’t even begin to process them now. You’re going to be amazing, I have no doubt.”
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Good friends are like bras, supportive, never leave you hanging, make you look good and are always close to your heart. A good friend and a community health activist is how many people describe Lilli Rey. When Lilli found out that San Mateo County’s public hospital was the only hospital in the Bay Area without digital mammography equipment, she became dedicated to improve the hospitals breast health facilities.
After donating a mammography machine in 2011, Lilli realized there was an opportunity to do more.