Fistula Care Center, Lilongwe
Our program in Malawi demonstrates the significance of WTI. The device is in a fistula care clinic and is supported by specialists from Baylor College of Medicine. The novice practitioner on site is able to regularly consult with her mentors on a variety of cases. The experts are able to observe and guide her through surgical procedures. They can also speak directly with patients to assess their condition and either request appropriate diagnostic tests and/or establish a plan for care. The on-site physician has also beamed in to the device from her residence at night when emergency situations required her oversight. Many women have already had their lives transformed with a successful surgery and care resulting from the WTI program. Due to the success of the first program, we have launched an additional site in Lilongwe at “Area 25” Maternal/Child hospital, to which we will provide surgical mentoring and clinical consultations as requested by the local providers.
Hope Hospital, Cox’s Bazar
In Cox’s Bazar, critical health services were scaled up for Rohingya refugees and the surrounding host communities – nearly a million people. Vulnerable populations in crowded settlements are at a risk of communicable and waterborne diseases. Cholera and rapid outbreaks of measles and diphtheria can be a challenge. Some 50,000 births are expected in the camps over the next year. The health sector is grossly underfunded and grappling to meet the needs of the affected population. HOPE Hospital has asked for a variety of specialist support. Currently WTI has provided assistance in the areas of internal medicine, infectious disease, neurology, dermatology, mental health, pulmonology and pediatrics. Consultations are occurring several times per week and the physician team continues to grow. A second program has been added to the new field hospital within the confines of the Rohingya mega camp to better serve the vast needs of this susceptible community.