Solar Panel Project in Ouagadougou
The engineer and team were able to fix the 80 solar panels to the roof two weeks ago, have completed the cabling and are now just waiting on the generators arriving from France.
Banfora clinic stage two almost complete
The second stage of the Banfora clinic is now almost complete. We are very happy with all the work Boniface is doing.
Since the charity was first set up in 1984, Jacob’s Well Appeal has been sending medical aid abroad to countries that are struggling with lack of medical and surgical items. This aid is made up of donations from the NHS such as walking frames and unwanted mechanical...
Banfora Clinic stage one complete
Jacob's Well is helping to construct a clinic in the West of Burkina in a town called Banfora. The site was purchased in 2001 by a local NGO with a view of treating vulnerable, disadvantaged marginalized and disabled people who otherwise would have no access to...
Surgery and Dental unit building work completed
The surgery and dental units were completed earlier this month at the Hospital in Ouagadougou.
Medical Equipment for Ghana
Recently we sent some medical equipment including nebulisers to Ghana.
Plumbing complete and good progress on the electrical work at the Hospital in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Things are moving well with the surgery and dental units, the electrical work now only requires the painting to be finished prior to the light and fan installation.
Tiling the Surgical Areas Hospital in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
The tiling work has now been completed in the surgical part of the hospital in Ouagadougou, next to the maternity unit which will complete the bottom floor.
Since the charity was first set up in 1984, Jacob’s Well Appeal has been sending medical aid abroad to countries that are struggling with lack of medical and surgical items.
This aid is made up of donations from the NHS such as walking frames and unwanted mechanical beds as well as bandages and gloves near the date line from manufacturers. These would all go to landfill otherwise.We also send ostomy supplies from firms and the general public.
Our medical directors visit the hospitals we send this aid to, to check how it is used and what is required. Clinics they visit in the rural areas have no dressings or gloves or medication but it can still be very difficult to get this aid through customs.
These are the bags and devices patients use after they have had surgery on their bowels or bladders, leaving them with the need to collect their waste in a device attached to their bodies. In the UK these are provided by the NHS. In poorer countries the patient has to pay for them and often they are in very poor supply, so the price of the items is beyond most peoples wages. Without these bags the patients are effectively housebound and there life is very desperate.
There are many reasons why someone might need to have colostomy surgery, including:-
- Crohn’s disease
- Cancer of the bowels
- Obstruction of the bowels
- Trauma & injury
- Bowel incontinence
- An emergency situation
Colostomy bags are very expensive, in the unlikely event that the local pharmacy would have them in stock. Imagine the humiliation if you couldn’t get one and had to make your own out of leaky carrier bags – something that frequently happens in poorer countries. We have seen one young teenage boy using a tin can that he strapped to his belly.
Jacob’s Well helps people, particularly in West Africa and Moldova by sending the ostomy supplies that otherwise they would not have, enabling patients to live a dignified life. We are very grateful to receive any donation of unwanted Ostomy products including pouches (even if they have been pre-cut) and accessories. We can also accept lotions, powders, gels and wipes – provided they are unopened.
You can either post them via the post office, using www.parcelmonkey.co.uk or www.myhermes.co.uk which usually works out cheaper for items over 2kg. They can come and pick up the item from your home and courier it to us.