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Since February 2010, drought has been devastating families in Burundi. Without rain, farmers have had nothing to harvest which has resulted in many families being displaced as they seek work and food in Rwanda. Tens of thousands have been left in need due to this drought. Due to the scarcity, the price of beans has tripled since the onset of the drought. Food that is shipped to Burundi will benefit those who are most vulnerable: children under five, those struggling with chronic illness, elderly individuals, as well as pregnant and nursing moms.
The Neuva Segovia Province - an area with over 211,000 residents - is in dire need of food assistance, specifically dehydrated soup. Dehydrated soup is easy to store and to prepare. Providing soup to students will help chronically malnourished kids get the nutrition they need to stay in school and study hard. It can even decrease the number of dropouts and increase the number of kids attending school because they are well fed! This food will be an investment in the young generation and their education, and also serves as a way for FH to build relationships in the community for future development partnership.
Useful and updated medical equipment is desperately needed by the over 211,000 residents in the province of Neuva Segovia Province. The equipment will be put to use in the main hospital in the regions capitol of Ocotal City, as well as a few nearby clinics.
Hospital beds are an urgent need for health centers in Mukono,
Lira, and Kole, Uganda. Many patients line up early in the morning with
the hope of seeing a doctor and being admitted that same day, if a bed is even
available. Sometimes patients must share
Nebaj is the southern gateway to the Ixil region of Guatemala and the Nebaj Hospital serves three towns creating the Ixil Triangle (Nebaj, Chajul and Cotzal). The hospital sees approximately 300-400 patients a week and has great need for the updated supplies and equipment in this shipment. Additionally, these supplies will benefit 30 community clinics supported by this hospital.
The Nekemte Hospital in Sasiga, Ethiopia, faces critical challenges; they need more and better equipment. As the main medical facility for an area that is home to over 2 million people, it is essential their surgical units and maternity wards be enabled. For instance, they have staff in place to host up to 40 surgeries daily, but with the lack of supplies and equipment, they rarely do more than 5. Expecting mothers and other patients have no choice but to wait for surgery or beds. Sadly, sometimes the waiting is too much and lives are lost. This container is being filled with items like maternity beds, quality surgical supplies, specialty child-delivery equipment, and incubators.
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