The St. Damien Pediatric Hospital provides care to thousands of patients every year. Part of providing care means operating a pharmacy where each department within the hospital can access the medical supplies they need to treat their patients. This project aims to raise the operational funds to manage the pharmacy.
The St. Damien Pediatric Hospital provides care to thousands of patients each year. In 2014 we saw 13,789 children as outpatients, hospitalized 3,648 children, delivered 1,878 newborns and performed 1,136 surgeries. The hospital provides a wide range of care through its different facilities which include a maternity ward, a rehydration center, oncology, surgery, an emergency room, a neonatology ward, and general pediatric consultation rooms. Patients also have access to dental care, EEGs, x-rays, and the pharmacy, all for a symbolic fee.
The pharmacy spend around $700,000 each year supplementing the costs of the medical supplies and drugs used by the different hospital departments. The medicines and supplies purchased are used by the doctors and nurses as well as prescribed for outpatient care. The pharmacy manages all the purchasing and distribution of these medications and basic medical supplies. It is an integral part of the hospital and allows us to be proactive in fighting disease and curing our patients. Anesthetic drugs are also bought for surgical interventions both for children and women needing cesarean sections.
Every month the pharmacy requests the required medicine and medical supplies form the depot, which is where the medical supplies are purchased in bulk and stored. The depot supplies the medical supplies to the hospital pharmacy which then sorts and distributes it to each department within the hospital upon their request. Each department will normally require patients to pay small standardized fees for certain types of medications or for certain procedures. These expenses only cover a fraction of the medical supplies and medication used. The majority of the expenses is paid for through the funded budget of the hospital. And thus ends up being part of the operational cost of the pharmacy.
In Haiti, health institutions face big challenges covering their purchasing of drugs and medical supplies. One of the strategy proposed by World Health Organization (WHO) is to adhere to the essential drugs programs established to decrease drugs costs. The list is carefully studied to avoid spending on non-essential drugs made for comfort or as adjuvant to the other drugs really curing diseases. With proper training, physicians and other healthcare providers prescribe only essential drugs. Our central depot uses this list as a guide to ensure good practice. Still drugs and medical supplies represent one of the major costs incurred by the hospital.
Supporting the St. Damien Medical Supplies project is supporting the hospitals ability to provide essential drugs and cost effective medicine to the families under our care. Also these funds will cover lab supplies to run important diagnostic tests. They go towards purchasing the oxygen that is used when in pediatrics, neonatology, and maternity. Your support acts in a way that gives infants with respiratory distress the ability to breathe easy, and helps those suffering from cholera and other communicable diseases the treatment they need.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact your nearest fundraising office. Click "Sponsor Project" to give an online donation. We are very grateful for any amount you can donate.
Note: the project cost includes a 10% premium to support the general needs of NPH and its children.
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