Order of Australia (OAM) Award to Val Smith-Orr RN

Val is long-standing “Referrer” of patients to the SCT from the clinic she runs in the Philippines, Triple B Care Projects, Inc.  http://www.triplebcareprojects.org/ . The “B” stands for Burns, Bingot and Bulate (the last two words are Tagalog for Cleft lip/Palate and worms).

Val, a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Specialist, specialising in burns and plastic surgery, arrived in the Philippines in 2006 intending to stay for 6 months whilst researching for University of Queensland “Feeding children with cleft palate in a developing world” for her Masters – she began helping patients in need in her small kitchen and Triple B Projects was born.  A long way from where Val was raised in Yorkshire, and her post graduate training in burns and plastic surgery at the McIndoe Unit, Queen Victoria Hospital, Sussex. Val left the UK in 1990 and moved to Australia, becoming a citizen in 2000.

Val and her foster daughter Monalisa attended the Australian Ambassador’s residence in Manila on 4th December 2020 for the investiture of the Order of Australia that was awarded in the Queens Birthday Honours of June 8th 2020 “For service to the international community through nursing”.  It happened to be Monalisa’s 15th birthday as well!  Many congratulations Val on this well-deserved honour and Swinfen Charitable Trust would like to say how proud we are of you and all the work that you do.

Monalisa G. Doncillo and Valerie Catherine Smith-Orr (Val)

Defeating Meningitis Roadmap

Rob Dawson, Trustee of The Swinfen Charitable Trust, is part of a team who has helped secure a significant step towards defeating meningitis globally.

Rob is Director of Communications, Advocacy and Support at Meningitis Research Foundation where he worked with colleagues and a team of experts to help draft the world’s first global plan to defeat meningitis.

On November 13th 2020, the World Health Assembly agreed to take action to reduce the impact of the disease dramatically by 2030. The Assembly endorsed this new roadmap which will help to eliminate epidemics and prevent cases the world over, as well as improving treatment, diagnosis and aftercare. It is the first ever meningitis resolution to be approved by World Health Organization member states.

The ambitious roadmap sets out to tackle the leading causes of acute bacterial meningitis (meningococcus, pneumococcus, haemophilus influenzae and group B streptococcus).
Rob said: “This marks a momentous occasion for people affected by or at risk of meningitis – the first time the World Health Assembly has agreed on global goals to defeat the disease.”

The roadmap sets targets and milestones for improvements in five areas: prevention and epidemic control; diagnosis and treatment; surveillance; support and care for patients affected; and engagement and advocacy.

Dr Karen Schulder Rheuban

The Swinfen Charitable Trust would like to congratulate our Trustee, Dr Karen Schulder Rheuban, and her co-editor Dr Elizabeth Krupinski, on the publication of their book “Understanding Telehealth” (McGraw-Hill Education). Karen is a valued consultant for the SCT as well as a Trustee, and is Professor of Paediatrics, Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and External Affairs and Director of the Center for Telehealth at the University of Virginia.

Two new Specialised Medical Publications

The Swinfen Charitable Trust would like to say how honoured they are to be mentioned in the following books which have recently been published:

Telehealth Essentials for Advanced Practice Nursing by Patty A. Schweickert and Carolyn M. Rutledge

Revolutionizing Tropical Medicine, Point-of-Care Tests, New Imaging, Technologies and Digital Health edited by Kerry Atkinson and David Mabey (Part V Telemedicine: Chapter 26 Telemedicine for Clinical Management of Adults in Remote and Rural Areas and Chapter 27 Telemedicine for the Delivery of Specialist Pediatric Services).  With thanks to Anthony C. Smith, one of our valued Consultants.

Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation Hospital, Saipan

The Swinfen Charitable Trust received a private donation made on behalf of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation Hospital, Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands so we thought we’d provide some information on this great hospital, in a place most of us have probably never heard of!

Although situated in an idyllic tropical paradise, the CHCH is resource limited, sometimes basic equipment is hard to come by and the medical professionals use all their skills and initiative to solve complex issues, which is where Telemedicine comes in: SCT provides access to consultants and specialists from all over the world, 24/7.

And a message from our donor:  “Although it is technically a US territory, the Northern Mariana Islands are remote and physically isolated, making referral for specialty care difficult or impossible.  40% of our residents are also not US citizens and thus ineligible for many services those on the mainland can take for granted.  The SCT consultants have provided us with an invaluable service, often superior to that which is available in rural mainland America”.

For more information visit the CHCH Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cnmichcc and http://www.saipandoctors.com/.

The Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation Hospital, Saipan
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands