The delivery bed that once was a pregnant woman's only option...rusted, filthy and held up by rocks...today there are half a dozen nice delivery beds in this clinic, donated by Point Hope.
The delivery bed that existed in Buduburam when Point Hope first started working was covered in dried blood, and held in place by rocks as "legs". This new delivery bed was a gift from Delilah in 2006 and today there is an entire maternity/labor and delivery ward at the hospital, built by Point Hope and furnished with delivery and recovery beds and even an operating theater in case a C-section is necessary.
Joe came to Ghana as a nurse, wanting to volunteer at St. Gregory Hospital. Instead God lead him to Point Hope and Harmony Center. His plan was to stay a year or two, but he has invested so much love into helping disabled children and adults through physical therapy that he has come back and stayed for many years.
To truly appreciate the value of the medical equipment that Point Hope has provided to clinics and hospitals through out west Africa, one must first realize how great the need truly is. In many clinics and hospitals, babies sleep three or four to a crib for lack of beds. Point Hope furnished and equipped the nursery at St. Gregory Hospital, and today it is clean and has cribs for many sick or injured children.
Malaria is one of the greatest health issues facing children living in West Africa. If untreated, children often suffer and die. The medicine necessary to treat malaria cost less than $20. Point Hope has provided medical fees and medicine to treat hundreds of kids and adults suffering from malaria.
When Point Hope began working in Buduburam the clinic was a small structure with no running water, no floor and no equipment for the proper care or treatment of patients. This wheelchair was used at the St. Gregory clinic before Point Hope started lending a helping hand.
This tiny child was dying from starvation. Her teenage mother had fled the refugee camp and left her baby in the care of others. A member of the Point Hope team saw the frail child, just barely alive. The baby was admitted to the hospital. Executive Director Jan Haynes and the child's extended family sough out the birth mom and "adopted" her into the Point Hope family. Today this child is strong and robust after being in our nutrition program. Her young mother was counseled and returned to care for her daughter and attend school. The approach Point Hope takes in each situation is different, because we view the entire scenario and take a holistic approach. To feed a starving child saves a life, but to find empower and educate the mother, saves the entire family unit.
A sick child was unresponsive, being tended to by her young, single mother. Point Hope was called in to assist and we carried her to a hospital where she was diagnosed as dehydrated and needing an IV due to malaria.
During a visit Ghana by Delilah's daughters, a young girl sought out the teenagers and asked them for help. Her hand had been badly burned by her mother, punishment for opening a carton of milk. The child was taken to a clinic where the burns were treated and Point Hope contacted officials to intervene on the child's behalf to keep her safe. Domestic abuse and child abuse is a constant challenge in West Africa, but Point Hope helps by providing family counseling and support for those who have been abused.
This is Daniel, when he was first a part of the Point Hope family in 2006. He lost an eye in an accident and suffered from terrible headaches. Point Hope sent him to a specialist and with help from visiting doctors, he was fitted with a prosthetic eye. Today Daniel is in high school and thriving.
Hospital beds, cribs, bassinets are all luxuries at many of the hospitals in West Africa. Dr. Sebastian, pictured with Point Hope founder Delilah, was a volunteer in Buduburam that managed the small clinic and helped to build it into an established hospital. Her he happily receives a donation from Point Hope to improve the quality of care n the childrens' nursery.