Priya, Majo, and Madhu wrote -
I have some great news to share about the AMIGA Honduras mission over the past year and the Helping babies breathe project we undertook last year.
With your kind help, generous support and the grace of God, we have been able to provide basic medical care, dental care, essential medications and resources to over 2000 patients per brigade and the number is growing each trip! Each trip, we are treating more children and infants than ever!
To refresh your memories: Who we are:
AMIGA is A Mission in God’s Amor (Love) dedicated to delivering basic health care, preventative health education, and most importantly HOPE to our brothers and sisters in Honduras living in circumstances of profound and dire need, who in return share a treasure of insight, wisdom and gratitude
AMIGA is a nonprofit organization that is fueled by a profound belief in the power of love and a determination to make a difference in the lives of our impoverished brothers and sisters in Central America.
The mission is spearheaded by two very dynamic ladies Dr.Helen Kornblum and Sr.Raquel Ortez, and has done some exemplary work in providing basic health care to thousands of impoverished people in Honduras over the last decade. In addition to this, AMIGA has a big focus on education The scholarship program supports young boys and girls from two different schools – keeping them off the street and offering them a chance to break the terrible cycle of poverty with the impact of education.
AMIGA operates purely with volunteers (medical and non medical) and runs usually 2 missions per calendar year.
Read more here: http://www.hondurasamiga.com/
Helping Babies Breathe/ The Patrick Project Summer 2013
Helping Babies Breathe is an initiative organized by the American Academy of Pediatrics in order to address the high rates of infant mortality worldwide. Many, many childbirths all over the world occur in rural and remote areas with limited access to hospitals and no skilled providers present to assist, and if necessary, resuscitate the newborn. HBB provides an opportunity to implement training sessions for the midwives who are generally present during such moments, along with the primary kits filled with the basic essentials for medical care of the newborn. The goal is to train a set of "master trainers", who, in turn, can train other midwives and providers with the necessary skills in the hopes of reducing the high rates of infant mortality by creating a sustainable and enduring program.
How we got involved:
After many trips with AMIGA,as the pediatricians, we noted high infant mortality rates, poor prenatal care and inadequate access to even basic obstetric care in the mountains of Honduras. This spurred the thought of implementing the AAP initiative/HBB program in Honduras with Amiga Honduras
We named this program "the Patrick Project", in order to commemorate Patrick LeBlanc, Jr., the beloved son of our dear friend, colleague, and neonatologist who has dedicated his career to helping countless babies breathe.
The Baby Steps: Our first HBB project came alive in June 2nd, 2013
Despite the torrential rains, 8 midwives from different provinces attended the workshop.
The existing practices and methods prevalent in the communities were explored. New ideas were generated. Under the guidance of the instructor, each participant was able to simulate on the mannequin the correct sequence of basic neonatal resuscitation and newborn care.
The word of the project spread like wild fire over the neighboring counties. We were not only honored by the municipality of San Nicolas for the healthcare we provided to the community but also for this outreach project/initiative.
We are honored to report that we have been invited to the neighboring municipality of Trinidad and conduct the HBB training session in Oct 2014.
So we are off to Honduras this fall for a 2 day session: the first day to reunite with the trainees from last year and conduct a refresher course, and to understand the impact of the project on their lives. On day 2 we aim to train new midwives and trainees using the graduate trainees from last year. We have at least 12 interested participants eagerly awaiting the training session.
We are grateful for your interest and your generosity towards AMIGA and HBB project. Thank you for making the world a better place to live :)
ONE happy baby-->one happy child-->one happy citizen of the world!