MFZambiaTeam

2012 Summary

In 2012 we treated 163 patients and operated on 146 of them on our various outreaches. With the UNZA university team, we have trained 26 ICU diploma nurses of which 18 are now being sent to run ICU's across the country - the first time six remote hospitals in Zambia will have Critical Care services.

WE ARE IN URGENT NEED FOR SENIOR ICU NURSES AND PHYSICIANS TO ASSIST WITH OUR ICU TRAINING PROGRAM EITHER FULL-TIME OR ON A ROTATING BASIS.

We have completed 2 masters degree theses looking at trauma and surgical care in Zambia. These results have been presented to the Ministry's of health and transport. The results will be published in international journals next year. A tremendous amount of work has been undertaken by the management and board members to develop the business side of the organisation, as a result we are well positioned to manage large donor grants in 2013. We have some exciting plans of how you, our supporters can help us with this, which you will hear about shortly.

Coming up in 2013...

  • We are very excited to be starting the new Ear surgery outreach program early in the new year where we will be visiting Mongu hospital 4 times a year to do ear surgery, we will be training a local clinical officer to specialise in ears. He will manage all the patients pre and post operatively as well as seeing all the ear problems in the out-patient clinic throughout the year. This will be the first time this community of 1 million people will have access to specialist ear care. We are looking for more funding for this program so we can expand to 3 other hospitals in Zambia (thereby covering North, South, East & West). Dr Uta Froeschl from the Beit Cure Hospital will be the surgeon for this program.
  • We will be continuing to work with Dr Breen providing 3 VVF outreaches in 2013.
  • Dr Bvulani is hoping to do 4 paediatric surgery outreaches if we can raise sufficient funds.
  • We will be starting to train the specialist Anaesthesia trainees in Critical Care medicine as part of their MMed degree.
  • We have a new intake of ICU nurses starting in January.
  • In Rae's Trauma study we found out that less than 1% of all trauma patients are brought to hospital by ambulance. We are negotiating with the ministry of health to assist them in developing pre-hospital Trauma care services in Zambia for the first time.

We have had a very dynamic year of activities and developments even though our outreach work was less than before. Next year looks incredibly full with new and exciting programs ready to roll out.

THANK YOU so much for your support over 2012, please continue to support Mercy Flyers in 2013 and ask all your friends to match your funding! We have a huge amount of work to do in 2013 with everything in place except the necessary funds. Remember that you, the donors are just as much a part of the Mercy Flyers as we the workers in the field are - without your money (and the hard work that goes into raising it) we can do nothing!

TOGETHER WE ARE SAVING LIVES & CHANGING A NATION.

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