Nokor Tep Women's Hospital

July 2019

Dear Friends and partners,

It has been awhile since I wrote – this summer I am in Canada working on personal issues. The good news is that the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital opened its doors to patients on June 4th – it’s been a slow start but also a good start as we work out all the many issues facing us. The good news is that the hospital is being well received by patients – they very much enjoy the ambience – very delighted with staff who take the time to show respect, explain the examinations and results. Very good beginning. Next week we receive 100 women sponsored by a group called SHE – who have paid for their memberships. How good is that!!

Since I have arrived in Canada it has become clear to me that walking 100,000 km is a challenge that is very hard to do as everyone is so very busy with their lives. This past week I met with several friends and talked about raising a million dollars for the hospital over the next 6 months.

A good friend of mine, Cora, who owns a chicken farm, came up with her own personal fundraiser – she is determined to walk 1000 kilometers over the next 6 months and have 1000 people sponsor her for $10 each – her personal fundraising goal is $10,000 by end of December.

Maggie just had a hip replacement and needs daily physio which she struggles to do so she set a personal goal of going to physio every day and her personal goal is sponsorship for ten thousand as well. Jennifer rides a motorbike and she is selling $10 per km for the next 5000 km in 6 months. Personally, I am going to walk 11,700 stairs for a personal goal of $1.00 per stair – and it goes on.

What is the big change – well we have decided to let everyone set their own personal challenge – to set their own goal, amount to be raised and reaching out to their own circle of people. I am inviting each one of you to do the same. If you do so – take a moment and send me an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) – I, in turn, can send you a flyer we are using and a sample of a donation page.  This way I can track worldwide and keep you up to date on the progress.

This concept is very exciting as it allows people to choose what they like best – set up their own personal fundraiser – etc. Tabitha Canada has set up walking for women – on their Canada help web site so each of us can set up our own page and mark our progress. For example, my page is https://www.canadahelps.org/me/2gUFMMU

Now why do this – well the hospital is in need of so many things – like solar panels, elevators, CT Scan, reagents for the laboratory, a fund to pay for our poorest patients, etc.

I am so thankful for each of you – for the hospital, for the staff, my co-founders, for so many blessings. I thank My God for this privilege. How good that is.

 

Janne

 

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May 2019

 Dear friends and partners,

It’s good to take a minute to write and say thank you to each of you for your support and help over the past few years for the Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital. Much has happened since our soft opening in March.

The past two months we have been involved in the hiring of new staff; setting up procedures and protocols; continuation of the outfitting of the hospital. We have been training using volunteer patients – many of whom come from within the Tabitha programs.

    

My main concern has always been, are we who we say we are? Do we treat patients with dignity and respect regardless of income or social status? Will the women come and why would they come?

One very hot day, 10 of Tabitha women arrived – the first thing that struck me was how very excited they were at receiving this opportunity to be patients.  It was a bit unnerving so I stated once again this was training for all our staff and things might be a bit haphazard. We quickly learned of another area we had not thought of as the women were required to produce an ID card – the first 4 women had none and were told to go home and get it. Not a great way to start the practice session! We quickly solved this problem.

  

The ladies went through registration and triage; then doctors consultation, lab work etc.  I watched as our doctors examined the women – how wonderful to see them engage the ladies in the process of ultrasounds – of having diagrams drawn to explain their issues, of being forever patient for lab results. All fascinating!

   

As the ladies were finished we had a debriefing session with them. Dr Suren our CMO and Boumi our pharmacist asked the ladies of their experience. The universal reply was how welcomed they felt by everyone. How warm and welcoming the building was. The comments continued of how much they appreciated being talked to with the doctors; the explanations and kindness they were shown. Dr Suren asked how often they had had a gynecological exam before. The answer never! Why not! Oh the doctors they had visited before were always angry with them; they never had time to explain anything – in fact they were made so uncomfortable that seeing a doctor had become a nightmare and they were loath to go to a doctor. Suren was horrified – how can this be? Being a poor person did not qualify a woman for any dignity or respect?

I watched and listened and felt a deep glow inside – who we said we were all these years was becoming a reality. How good that is!

The hospital will open its doors to regular patients on June 4 – the past two months have been good ones – difficulties with a severe lack of electricity are slowly being resolved. Training is an ongoing practice – setting up hospital IT systems are in process; so many good things happening.

I am so grateful for all that has happened and is happening. I am grateful to all of you for being an integral part of all of this. I am grateful to my God for this great privilege. How good that is!

 

Janne

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Update - July 2019

Dear Friends and Partners,

We have been open to the public for over 5 weeks now and we have an average of 10 patients per day. This month we can work with an incredible US based organization Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE). They are regular participants in the region who go to the local communities with international and local doctors offering health care. We are working with SHE to provide comprehensive health checks to many women from the provinces who will be bused to Nokor Tep by SHE for a day of medical examination and treatment. We are expecting over 100 patients from three provinces over a period of 3 or 4 days.  HE Dr Kantha Phavi Ing meet with Dr Teri Tan from SHE delegation to support the project and encourage longer term opportunities to grow our joint engagement.

We continue to get sponsors and visitors coming from all over the world to view the hospital and its progress. We had two groups from Tabitha House building stopping by, all are very impressed with what they see and provide great encouragement and support for the staff and our goals. In addition, we had a group of scholars from the University of Hong Kong who were on a Masters course in NGO Management – who were also clearly impressed with the scale and the agenda that has been set for the next three years. 

  

Inside the hospital we are getting ready to receive two mammography and one X -Ray imagining machines all due for delivery next month. Preparations are underway to open the Basement for these new facilities and to start the recruitment drive to find operators for the new technology.

The Founders board have agreed to broaden the amount of services available to Patients and provide more general female medical care. This will also involve Maternity which means that we are planning to extend our services to in patients. New facilities in the planning for Maternity include the ICU, Infant ICU, Operating Theater, Recovery Rooms and expansion of human resources to drive those essential services.

Finally, we also went through a massive cleanup exercise at the hospital to remove the years of building rubbish and start to finish the entrance and the parking areas. As you can see the progress has been significant and adds to that special feeling of warmth for our patients.


Thank you to you all for your continued support, donations, generosity and warm wishes for which we are all sincerely grateful.

 

Roger L F Harrold , Chief Operating Officer

Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital

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November 2019

Dear Friends and partners,

It has been a while since I have written – the reason was that I took a few months leave to prepare for my approaching end years. It is very good to be able to do so. It is very good to be back and to see how much the hospital has progressed. Let me share some of the good news.

When I arrived last week, I met a woman and her family. Song Thou is dying from a very pervasive cancer – one that causes her tremendous pain – one that leaves her unable to eat and to drink. Her suffering is even more poignant as she is the same age as I am. I felt guilty standing by her bedside – I am in good health and as her son told me – you have so much energy! We have built a Palliative and Pain center run by a very capable and compassionate Dr. Ly. Within 30 minutes he had relieved her nausea, he had relieved her pain. She slept the day away. In the evening she woke and she talked with her family. Her end of life is near – but her end will allow her to say her good byes, to sleep without pain, to eat without throwing up. I am so very humbled and thankful for this gift. Dr. Ly can help with any kind of pain, whether it is intermittent, long term, end of life – he can do it! We are bringing comfort to women who are hungering for relief.

         

We are getting solar panels – enough to run the hospital for phase 1 and 2 – enough to save us a minimum of $5000 US plus per month in electricity costs – enough that it won’t matter if the electrical grid is down for hours each day – how very good that is! It should be completed by early January. The cost is $160,000.00 USD – with so many smaller donations that have come in, we have raised enough to pay for $20,000 of it – will you help us to pay for the rest? 

Our next big news is that we will open up our obstetrics unit in the first quarter of next year – I am soooo excited about helping women bring in new life – to be part of the beginning of life while my end years have started. How good that is! In conjunction with the obstetrics we will open up our surgical department. This process will begin next week with the installation of oxygen, gas and vacuum lines for our four surgical theaters, 4 delivery rooms, 2 recovery rooms, our ICU, and emergency rooms. With those will come specialized air-conditioners and air purifying units. The cost is $165,000 USD – money we don’t have but believe we will receive because so many of you will help us. Just think of all we can do – I am so grateful!

    

We have received a number of our smaller machines: colposcopes, Leep machines, ultra-sounds, x-ray, mammogram; too many to mention. The result is that we have been able to do minor procedures such as removing vaginal polyps and warts or completing a botched abortion – where the mother’s life is in danger because of pervasive infection – without our help it would be her end of life.

We have examined and treated women from all walks of life – each day new patients arrive and others return for a follow up session. Women are beginning to come from our Tabitha villages – what a comfort that is to me personally.

As the upcoming holiday season approaches, I am so humbled by the birth of a child so long ago- Christmas is about the gift of this child – the gift of life! Nokor Tep Women’s Hospital is the extension of that gift of life – that gift of love. Each day brings us new challenges, new miracles. Each day is the beginning of hope for women with no hope. You made that happen! How good that is!

Janne

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