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Sterile drapes are essential to prevent infections during caesarean sections. Clean towels are necessary to dry the baby immediately after birth to prevent hypothermia. Clean gowns are needed to promote skin-to-skin warming between mother and baby. If these materials are not readily available, mothers and babies die.
These preventable tragedies have occurred at University of Gondar Hospital in Ethiopia because sterilizing equipment at the hospital cannot supply the demand for clean sterile supplies and linens for the nearly 10,000 mothers and babies delivered at the hospital each year.
Obstetricians, pediatricians, nurses and midwives at the University of Gondar Hospital have worked hard to apply the knowledge and skills in life-saving newborn care learned through the VTT project Saving Babies Lives in Ethiopia (GG1525173). A major barrier to fully implementing these techniques have been the shortage of clean and sterile supplies for the obstetric and neonatal wards at the hospital. The current hospital laundry system simply cannot keep up with the demand.
To meet this urgent need the medical team, working with Gondar Fasiledes Rotary Club, propose a grant to purchase heavy duty preparation and sterilization equipment dedicated to the Obstetric and Neonatal wards of the University of Gondar Hospital. This will be a collaborative effort with the University of Gondar, who will build the room for the equipment, train and supply staff to run the facility, and provide biomedical technicians to maintain and repair the new equipment. Gondar Fasiledes Rotary Club will oversee the purchase and installation of this vital equipment, as well as the training of personnel to run and maintain it.
Providing this essential equipment will guarantee that no mother or baby at the University of Gondar Hospital will die unnecessarily because sterile supplies were not readily available for every birth.
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Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.