Case from Afghanistan

3 year old child living far from Faizabad, Wakhan District in Badakhshan Province of North Eastern Afghanistan arrived at the hospital unable to stand or walk from birth and can only say a few words.

The case was sent through to us and was allocated to a Genetics Specialist from Ireland who diagnosed the child with severe rickets which common cause is nutritional and lack of sun. Recommended treatment was Vitamin D and Calcium introduced to the diet

Where the child lives they have no health facilities so have to travel for miles. They still lead a nomadic lifestyle. It often snows in summer and temperatures routinely drop below minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. Their diet is a typical one of high altitude plateaus where nothing much grows apart from grass, artemisia, and some wild onions in summer. It is similar to the diet found among other nomadic societies, like the Tibetans and the Mongolians. They raise mainly goats, sheep and yaks, as well as Bactrian camels and horses. Because there is no wood, fuel is mainly dried dung. Meat is boiled and sometimes fried in yak butter, everything is eaten on the animals. Meat and diary products are the source of their food. There is not enough sun exposure and vegetables due to cloudy and cold temperature.

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News from the Philippines

Val Smith-Orr runs the Burns Clinic in the Philippines that Swinfen Telemedicine is connected to. Val helps so many, please read her heartfelt story.

We are home safe and sound after a very long couple of days! Mona had to be admitted to hospital for surgical removal of the now hardened dental impression materials, stuck for a week in her palate. Various attempts to remove it were unsuccessful and general anaesthesia was the only remaining option. Rather than going into the gory details of Govt hospitals here, I want to thank Grace and all the wonderful members of the Helping Hands Healing Hearts Ministry team, our DSWD Social Worker Chris(who made me eat candy and cake and drink water to ‘keep me strong’ and all the staff (RN’s and Drs) who helped in Mona’s care in the childrens ward. And of course Evelyn who came to accompany us back home. Materials now removed! Took less than a minute!! Relieved.

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We have connected to our 77 country – MEXICO

Hospital San Carlos, Chiapas, Mexico, is our 339 Swinfen Telemedical link. This is a community hospital with 8 general physicians, 2 medical students, 2 family doctors and one psychiatrist that visits twice a month. They have 12 beds for women, 12 for men, 10 for paediatric patients, 5 beds for neonatal care and 8 examination rooms for patient consoltation.

In Chiapas, about a quarter of the population is of indigenous origin. Most live according to their century-old customs, which include a closeness to nature and self-subsistence via farming (mainly corn and beans). Unfortunately the socioeconomic status of this population is very poor. 89% of the patients served in this hospital are indigenous, some patients having to travel for 8 hours!

They provide health care without discrimination and with respect and understanding of the diverse cultures in the region. The doctors face huge healthcare challenges as they are underfunded and suffer lack of medical equipment.


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New Link in Afghanistan

Blakh Family Hospital is our 338th Telemedical Link and 18th Link in Afghanistan. This is a general hospital that has joined our Swinfen system through iPath. The services they offer:- Surgery, Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Breast Cancer and Orthopaedics. Having 9 Specialist Doctors, 10 Physician Doctors, 8 Nurses, 10 Midwives, 1 vaccinator and 2 Pharmacy’s.

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