HEALTHCARE CAPACITY IMPROVEMENT AT ST. TIMOTHY’S PUBLIC HOSPITAL
St. Timothy’s Government Public Referral Hospital is located in Robertsport, the capital of Grand Cape Mount County. It is the only hospital for over 135,000 local residents and supports the Ministry of Health county’s two health centers and multiple clinics. The only level of care higher for these residents is in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. St. Timothy’s Hospital consists over just over 40 inpatient beds, one operating room (the only one in the county), and a clinic, supported by two Liberian physicians, three PA’s and two midwives along with nursing and support staff.
Dr. James Appel, an American Family Medicine physician and missionary with over 15 years of surgical experience in Chad, Africa is relocating with his wife Sarah, a nurse, and their three children to Robertsport, Liberia in the Fall of 2019 to live and volunteer, full time except for 2-3 months each summer at which time he will return to the States to work. Dr. Appel like a true missionary doctor refuses to accept payment for his work in Liberia.
Dr. Appel will be working side by side with the medical director and staff and will be doing general surgery, Ob/Gyn surgery, Orthopedic surgery, Urologic surgery, etc.
Our goal is for Dr. Appel to help St. Timothy’s Hospital become a surgical center of excellence in Liberia for the people of Liberia as well as for:
Liberian doctors in training (residents) from Monrovia, the capital of Liberia
Volunteer mission trips of speciality surgeons and physicians and their support staff
Healthcare volunteers from the States including American doctors in training (residents)
ACADEMIC HEALTHCARE SCHOLARSHIPS & EDUCATOR SCHOLARSHIPS
Like many developing countries, Liberia faces many problems related to the centralization of the country’s resources, including education. Many of the best and brightest leave their rural communities to come to the capital to further their studies and upon graduation rarely do these achievers go back home to serve their local communities and tribes. In Grand Cape Mount County there is a shortage of healthcare staff and teachers and the few that come to work often leave for they have no ties to the community they are working in.
C3 working closely with both the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education has over 20 active scholars studying to become a secondary school teacher, nurse, mid wife, Physician Assistant, lab tech, etc.
C3 pays the full tuition of each scholar’s education upon being accepted through a competitive screening. Each scholar must have roots in Grand Cape Mount County for upon graduation he or she must give back to their community by working within the public government sector for at least three (3) consecutive years.
EDUCATION CAPACITY IMPROVEMENT AT ROBERTSPORT PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL
To help with the growth and strengthening of the public education system at Robertsport High School, C3 has taken on a multi prong approach:
C3 has leased a home for Peace Corp Teacher volunteers as well as a second home for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) teacher volunteers.
C3 funds the supply of electricity two both of our teacher volunteer houses so they can work at home at night in preparation for the next school day.
C3 has purchased two Smartboxes (thesmartbox.net) which allow the local and volunteer teachers to use computers off the grid and off the internet. Each box consists of an external drive which contains the materials for all subjects including those needed to pass the standardized West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). The box contains 20 computers which can be connected by blue tooth to the external drive and each computer can be used by two students, thus 40 students are engaged per box. At night when not in use the smartboxes are recharged and new materials can be uploaded.
SOLAR INSTALLATION FOR ST. TIMOTHY’S HOSPITAL
Robertsport like most of the Liberia outside of the capital has no central electric grid and given fuel is costly in Liberia, generators are expensive to use and maintain and thus unreliable. Furthermore, post Ebola crisis donations of lab equipment, including a much needed blood bank, sit idle not used for the lack of a reliable power supply.
C3 is partnering with Pickering Energy Solutions (sesllc.us), an American NGO who specializes in installing and maintaining solar systems in Liberia specifically for healthcare facilities and schools.
CPR & FIRST AID TRAINING
C3 funded Liberian Mark Luke to study paramedic training in the US and Mark is now the first director of the Ministry of Health’s EMS department. Mark has created a national CPR and Frist Aid course in which he and his team travel the country to teach these life saving skills. C3 contributes funds for this program, the first of its kind in Liberia.
PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHER TRAINING
Most of the primary school teachers in Liberia are not formally trained or educated in teaching and are local community volunteers. Working with the Ministry of Education, C3 hopes to fund a Liberian program already in existence to Grand Cape Mount County to formally train and certify the county’s volunteer primary school teachers.
SOLAR POWERED LIBRARY & LCAT (LITERACY, COMPUTER, AND TUTORING) CENTER
The Robertsport Public High School Library is in need of a power supply as well as more reading materials. Currently there are no computers or internet access. Furthermore, there are few places for students to do homework at night given the lack of electricity. There is also a need for adults who grew up during the 14 year civil war without schools to learn to read and write.
C3’s goal is to provide:
Solar power to the Library LCAT Center
Donated book and ebook readers
Computers and possibly satellite internet access
Volunteer after school tutors, literacy teachers, and computer teachers
Guard for security
HOUSING FOR LOCAL HOSPITAL STAFF AND TEACHERS
The Ministry of Education has donated land for C3 to build lodging for local public workers in the Health and Education Sector. A major recruitment obstacle is lack of decent affordable housing for local government workers
SHORT TERM HEALTHCARE VOLUNTEERS
Since 2011, C3 has recruited, organized, and funded over 25 healthcare volunteers including physicians, NP’s, nurses, and a dentist. These volunteers worked for a minimum of one month up to six months at a time. Our vision of a more sustainable volunteer program with a long term volunteer has now been realized with the coming of Dr. James Appel as described above.
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE) & INFECTION CONTROL EQUIPMENT DURING EBOLA CRISIS
Ensure the safety of health care teams on the ground in Liberia by providing much needed personal protective equipment which prevents the spread of the deadly ebola virus.
PURCHASE A NEW 4X4 TOYOTA LAND CRUISER AMBULANCE
Right before the ebola crisis there was no functioning ambulance in Grand Cape Mount County to transport critically ill patients to St. Timothy's Hospital or to the tertiary hospital in Monrovia.