Our regular readers will remember that Jute visited Dr Martha Phiri, a children's doctor, in Chipata, Zambia on her last visit. Dr Martha is married to Dr John Phiri, whom we at HHI have known for many years. She reported on her visit here. Her work is vital in saving the lives of babies and their mothers.
She has sent us a list of equipment that the hospital needs desparately, in order of priority. Two are at the top of the list:
1. A CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine - this keeps airways open, and prevents a patient from suffocating. We have sourced one that is specifically designed for use in the developing world - simple and robust. The total cost, including shipping to the hospital, is £1055 if we order it before the end of the year. If we wait until next year then the price will go up.
2. A hand-held scanner that will detect jaundice in a new-born baby, without needing a blood sample to be taken. The same company will provide one for £1300 including delivery to the hospital.
And if we order both, we may be able to negotiate a discount!
Can you help us to raise this money?