On the left is Dr. Tom Spears, who plans to be here next January with his wife and two children (ages 2 &4 years.) He serves with BMS UK and is a completely trained family medicine specialist.
He has served in Benin and Nepal. The Spears plan to serve with us long term at G 2.
This was a bit of a test trip for the Spears and to check into schools for the children. From the G2 leadership team’s perspective, the Spears “passed muster” and we enjoyed the time of interaction. We are already looking forward to the Spears family becoming members of our G2 family!
On the right is Chris Spears is Tom’s dad and is a retired engineer. I tried to recruit him to have a crash course in surgery so he could come and share night and weekend call, but he didn’t seem to think he would deal with blood too well.
I feel it is an excuse, and he just prefers to amble around the beautiful eastern England country and beaches! He knew better than to use the age card. I’m his senior by 8 years!
As you can tell we all enjoyed the Spears’s short visit with us. Bert
This new outpatient waiting area seats two hundred.
We saw 300 patients yesterday and 150 were eye patients!
The eye campaign ends Friday and the international team will leave. However, we have had excellent rapport and fellowship. Our best male scrub nurse, Theo, has attracted attention by his unusual aptitude and positive attitude. He is a new believer — saved here 😊.
The ophthalmologists want to arrange formal training for Theo in Togo for two years. After this, he will return here to serve in our eye clinic and will be able to do cataract surgery.
There is a possibility of CBM (Christoffel Blinden Mission) building a new eye care center here and staffing it.
The long line of women in this photo are moms waiting to get their babies vaccinated.
Most of the babies were born here at Hôpital de Guinebor. Debbie is inside maternity helping do the vaccinations.
We’re glad so many moms are faithful to comply with our requests to vaccinate their children as Chad has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world.
Today the temperature outside is only about 90F but in the hot season it will get as hot as 120F, and we have a three month + rainy season that makes waiting outside, as these moms and babies are doing, difficult or not even possible.
Thus, to make this vaccination program more efficient we will need to build a simple waiting area that will cost $20,000.
To help with this project, send your gift to:
CEF PO Box 2652 Lexington, SC 29071 USA Attn: Evans Jones
Please designate clearly that your gift is for “Vaccination building” Hopital de Guinebor, Chad.
Dr. James McGilliavry had a 60-year surgical career in Canada and retired “too early” at age 86!
He contacted me and told me he felt he still has a little tread on his tires and is still feels he can help needy people.
I said, “ Okay, Jim, let’s give it a try!”
How many people his age can or would travel alone from Canada to Chad?
He arrived in good form and has been living with Debbie and me. We have never had an easier guest!
His surgical experience is vast and he knows his profession well!
We have had many interesting conversations and I respect him as he is just a decent, ethical, competent brother surgeon as well as older brother in Christ. Hey, I don’t have many older ones! Older by eleven years!
Jim has certainly been an inspiration to me. He will serve with us three more weeks and we will really miss him when he leaves!
God is good and continues blessing us and this place.
Debbie and Antonie from Germany went to N’Djamena the last two days visiting European embassies and MSF offices (MSF=Medecins Sans Frontieres =Doctors Without Borders).
They were well received by the Swiss Consulate (Debbie and I have dual US/Swiss citizenship). Switzerland gives the second most financial help of any country. They were also well received at MSF Holland, MSF France, and the US Embassy.
Something good will come of it.
This is what Debbie shared with MSF:
Cutting Edge Foundation (CEF) is an NGO working in Chad.
Hôpital de Guinebor 2, which opened its doors in 2010, is a 45-bed hospital in the village of Guinebor 2 (a small village north of N’Djamena).
Our hospital team consists of multinational expats and 84 Chadians.
Our goal is to offer excellent and affordable health care to the local population in one of the poorest countries of the world.
We offer many services such as surgery, general medicine, maternity with prenatal clinic, pediatrics, in patient services, pharmacy, laboratory, ultrasound, 24 hours emergency services, under 5 vaccinations, physio therapy, and outpatient clinic.
Our hospital: – sees over 2500 patients a month in the outpatient clinic – 130-150 surgeries (thyroïdectomies, general surgery, OB/GYN surgery, orthopedics – 130-200 deliveries a month – over 4000 laboratory tests monthly
We have been ordering items through CPA, PRA and small merchants.
Recently, we have been having problems finding and buying supplies that should be available for good functioning of a hospital especially with an urgent need for wound dressings supplies.
We would be very grateful for any assistance in finding supplies to help provide the best health care to the local population.