Fistula Care Center, Lilongwe
The pilot program in Malawi demonstrates the significance of WTI. The device is in a fistula care clinic and is supported by specialists from Baylor Medical Center. 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.
Castaner Hospital, Lares
Puerto Rico is still suffering greatly from the effects of hurricane Maria. Lares is about 2.5 hours out of San Juan and most of the community is not able to travel there. The local hospital primarily provides primary care for the outlying towns. They have requested expertise in the areas of cardiology, pulmonology, endocrinology and ophthalmology. Further specialties will likely be layered on as requested. The device has just arrived and we are currently seeking medical support for this program.
St. Luke Hospital, Port au Prince
The program established in Haiti is designed to provide critical care expertise. Doctors from the University of Maryland Medical Center, along with others, will support doctors in the Intensive Care Unit at St. Luke Hospital in Port au Prince. The program began with a schedule of doctors that covered 2 days/week. Assigned doctors beam in during their rotation and consult on the most difficult cases identified on morning rounds. We anticipate expanding to cover nights and weekends on an as-needed basis.
Hope Hospital, Cox’s Bazar
Critical health services must be scaled up for nearly a million people – Rohingya refugees and their surrounding host communities – in Cox’s Bazar, where vulnerable populations in crowded settlements and mega camps are at a risk of communicable and waterborne diseases. Cholera and rapid outbreaks of measles and diphtheria could be a challenge. Some 60,000 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 and appeals have been made to the international community to commit support to what is clearly set to be a protracted emergency. HOPE Hospital has asked specifically for pediatric, infectious disease, behavior health and other specialists. The physician team continues to grow and clinical consults are occurring regularly.