Thank you to everyone who supported this appeal. We are pleased to report that we have now sent a ventilator and an oxygen concentrator to Mohamed in Somaliland. He was delighted to receive them and will now be able to improve the anaesthesia service he provides at Gargaar Hospital.
Mohamed is responsible for delivering anaesthesia to patients of all ages at Gargaar Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland. Their lives are literally in his hands as he cares for them during surgery, ensuring they remain pain-free and breathing. This is a challenging job even in a rich Western hospital, but Mohamed works in a low-resource location, with limited medical supplies and equipment.
One crucial item he lacks is a mechanical ventilator. All he has is a bag that he must squeeze and release repeatedly, to pump air by hand into the patient’s lungs. He may have to maintain this for two or three hours, during a long surgical procedure. At the same time, he will be delivering anaesthesia and constantly monitoring his patient. This is a daunting prospect for even the most experienced anaesthetist, yet for Mohamed it is a regular workaday event.
The solution is simple. We want to send Mohamed a suitable mechanical ventilator that will do this difficult job for him. We can provide an effective ventilator that is easy to use and low-cost to run. It has been purpose designed for use in low-resource locations and it is simple, portable, robust, and built to last. The cost of the ventilator is £4,175 and we are looking to raise this amount. If you can, please make a donation today.
Your donation will enable us to send Mohamed the equipment he needs to save lives. Please help us to support anaesthetists working in difficult, low-resourced, or even dangerous locations.
Somaliland is making great efforts to improve medical care for its population, but the health care system remains fragile. Somaliland has many difficulties to content with that currently include drought, famine and poverty.
I am very happy that it reached me safely. I will help those who need safe aneasthesia and life-changing surgery. Thank you.
Mohamed Abdi Abdilaahi, Anaesthesia Officer, Gargaar Hospital, Somaliland.