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Tenwek Hospital: Pediatric Projects and Equipment Fund

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We are very grateful to everyone who is helping expand the capacities of the pediatric department at Tenwek. 

We are currently raising the funds to purchase additional M-turbo ultrasound machines, critical care patient monitors, and syringe pumps as part of a multi-departmental drive to expand our neonatal, pediatric, and adult cardiac and critical care capacities. 

We use ultrasounds every day at Tenwek, from looking at the heads of babies to assess for bleeds in the NICU, to diagnosing early rheumatic heart disease in our outreach programs, to putting in central lines in the ICU. Ultrasounds are an integrated part of our training for interns and residents and have a huge role in resource-limited settings like ours, by allowing us to make diagnoses quickly and inexpensively.   

The additional machines will allow the pediatrics department to expand our school-based screening, have additional access in critical care areas of the hospital, integrate ultrasound more into our bedside teaching, and obtain timely echocardiograms, as well as have a machine available for our weekly pediatric cardiac clinic. 

We would also like to purchase additional syringe pumps. Syringe pumps are used in critical care areas and the NICU to give precisely dosed medicines at a controlled rate. Our need for more pumps has been felt as our volume of sick and complex patients grows.  

Finally, we would like to expand the number of monitored beds in the NICU and pediatrics areas. Since the creation of our five-bed, monitored HDU two years ago, we have seen a noticeable decrease in the number of deaths on our wards. They have enabled us to monitor patients more closely and transfer them to the ICU at the first sign of decompensation. We would like to increase our pediatric HDU monitored bed count to twelve and add six monitored beds to the NICU.

We are raising these funds to improve critical care concurrently with other departments at Tenwek Hospital. The pediatrics department’s goal is to raise $60,000 towards the total budget. This $60,000 will cover the cost of 30 syringe pumps, 13 patient monitors, 2 ultrasound machines with probes, and anticipated shipping and customs costs.

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