Construction in Cote d’Ivoire ’17

Construction in Cote d’Ivoire ’17

The construction team for The Hanna Project worked side-by-side with the Ivorian workers in the grueling heat of northern Ivory Coast in early April.  With big plans, and lots of hands, the major construction projects were completed.

New tiles, doors, window glass and screens, new paint, and lights transformed an unlivable space into a welcome sight for a Cuban doctor and her family arriving soon to work at the hospital in Doropo. A “VIP” room and outside windows in the hospital also received much needed attention. The hospital director and president of the Ivorian NGO Beraca were overflowing with compliments and gratitude.
THANK YOU team members, family members, and contributors who gave of your time, talents and treasures to make THP Cote d’Ivoire 2017 possible!

Ivory Coast Medical ’17

Ivory Coast Medical ’17

The Hanna Project 2017 Ivory Coast team, returned to the USA on April 6. Chris, Curt, Clint, Eddie, Elizabeth, Drew, Jacob, Joan, Lynette, Michaelanne, Sam, Shane, and Sherwood each have their own stories to tell. But the Ivorian stories need to be told too.
The Ivorian Dr. who completed 16 surgeries, many other procedures and an emergency C-section of a baby girl, could not stop talking about our THP nurses! They were thanked for their cooperative spirit, mutual respect when teaching, learning and observing, plus their countless donations of scrubs and other medical supplies were appreciated.  More than 100+ consultations and medical needs were met by the Ivory staff and THP nurses.
Over 150 Ivorian families, in a secluded village, received Help, Hope, and Healing on our last day in Doropo. Wound care stations, consultations, written prescriptions, and Wound Care Kits where shared by our Ivorian and THP nurses. The smiles and thanks were unforgettable!

The Wreck

The Wreck

The nap was needed after long, hot, sleepless nights the previous week. But the pleasant nap ended with a start, as our bus stopped. I don’t know if it was the stopping of the bus or the ceasing of the African air conditioner, (the windows down and 85 mile per hour speeds), which ended the nap!  Nevertheless, our Ivorian doctor and bus driver rushed back to the scene of the accident. Bodies were strewn all over the two-lane highway between the towns of Bondoukou and Bouna. Our nurses quickly rushed to the scene as well, along with other THP team members. Of course, it was the end of our trip, so all of our medical supplies were left behind at the hospital for urgent needs in Doropo.

Our limited French speaking skills were a hindrance to provide the kind of help each of the team members wanted to give. The injured lay along the highway. Those who perished were covered with a cloth and others were pulled from the wreckage. A baby did survive, but her mother did not. And even though we knew the injured were not speaking English the wailing from these Ivorians sounded like the word “why?”. A variety of tribes could have been represented, so we knew they didn’t speak English. But the wailing and the crying sounded like “why?”. For the remainder of our trip we were reminded once again of “the why?”. Why do team members give of their time, their talent, and their financial treasure to be part of The Hanna Project?

This tragic scene in the middle of the Ivory Coast was just a microcosm of our world. As the injured, the confused, and the awestruck cried out and asked for water, they lifted up their hands for help.  Our team was again reminded of our world’s tremendous needs, it is filled with those who need Help, Hope, and Healing, which we as The Hanna Project get to share!

Ivory Coast ’16 – Surgery

Ivory Coast ’16 – Surgery

The former Dr. and the visiting Surgeon, left early Saturday, to make the long trek up country to the hospital in Doropo! They really did bring HELP, HOPE and HEALING with their efforts and from HIS favor!

Participants:

  • Kenneth Eagleton
  • Mason Mandy (surgeon)
  • Coulibaly (nurse anesthetist from Abidjan)
  • Jeremy (nurse working near Abidjan and secretary of BERACA – Ivorian NGO and partner with The Hanna Project)

Objective:            

  • Train Doropo hospital doctor in surgical techniques (this objective was hampered by the fact that the local doctor took another job and there is presently no doctor working there).
  • Help the population by providing needed surgeries

Dr. Mason had several “firsts” and unique experiences in the Operating Room:

Saw the largest hernias and hydroceles he had ever seen.

Did surgery on his first case with active Tuberculosis.

Did surgery on his first case with positive malaria test.

Did his first surgery with use of cell phone flashlight during a power outage during surgery.

Operated for the first time with the use of reusable sterile gowns and drapes.

The pictures can speak for themselves of the success and partnership The Hanna Project has with the hospital in Doropo and BERACA.  In 2017, a container full of medical supplies needs to be sent to the Ivory Coast, along with another surgery/medical team!