HANDS Suspended 2020 Trip
For the past several months we have been witnessing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic around the world. Due to this pandemic HANDS team made a decision to temporarily suspend all travel plan to Ethiopia. We would like to thank the volunteers, Andrea Beckhan and Bianca Canady, who are NICU nurses for their continuous support and hope they will join Dr. Mesfin Woldesenbet, founder of HANDS on future medical mission trip to Ethiopia.
Vital Medical Supplies Shipment Delivered
The disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic did not prevent HANDS team from working hard to make a difference from a distance. On August 13, 2020 HANDS sent about $2,300 US dollars' worth of NK 95 protective masks and protective surgical masks to Hawassa Comprehensive Specialized Hospital.
During this pandemic, these masks are vital to protect the neonatal ICU and the pediatrics/adult critical care unit medical staff.
HANDS team continues working on collecting additional vital PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment) such as face masks and face shields to send to Ethiopia.
HANDS would like to thank you for your generous donations that made it possible for these vital supplies' shipment.
We believe strongly that the involvement of multiple organizations comprised of a variety of specialties or professions, both medical and non-medical, are needed to address these issues. This will require the involvement of local Ethiopian professionals and orchestration by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. We are in dire need for neonatologists who will lead teams and are willing to travel to Ethiopia. A team comprises of a neonatologist, neonatal nurse, and respiratory therapist.
We hope the above newsletter will trigger thought and discussion among individuals and organizations residing in the developed world. We are willing to work with local Ethiopian professionals towards the common goal of upgrading neonatal care in Ethiopia through the exchange of combined knowledge and experiences.
You Can Help
Would you like to get involved with HANDS by volunteering your time and talents? We have volunteer opportunities for skilled, talented and dedicated people in the following areas:
To volunteer or make a donation, please contact us at:
Horn of Africa Neonatal Development Services, Inc.
16501 Shady Grove Road
PO Box 10002
Gaithersburg, MD 20898