The Annotto Bay Hospital in Annotto Bay, St. Mary, Jamaica is the largest medical facility in the parish of St. Mary. The hospital primarily sees patients who suffer from strokes, heart attacks, respiratory illnesses, and motor vehicle accident injuries. Each year, the Annotto Bay Hospital’s emergency department sees more than 25,000 patients and approximately 10,500 of those patients receive admission. The hospital also handles about 45,000 outpatient treatments, delivers more than 1,000 babies, and performs over 1,000 surgeries.

The Annotto Bay Hospital received a mobile X-ray Viewer through Food For The Poor in partnership with LEPP. The machine is used to properly view X-rays in order to obtain accurate results, administer proper care, and increase the quality of follow-up visits to determine how well patients are responding to treatment. The X-ray Viewer is used approximately 70 times a day in all the hospital’s clinics, particularly its orthopedic clinic.

Mr. Delroy Morgan, CEO of Annotto Bay Hospital, is beyond grateful to LEPP and its partner Food For The Poor for the donation. “A minute or a couple of seconds are important in the world of medicine. Having our doctors traveling around searching for a good light source to view an X-ray is often too time-consuming and the results are not always accurate,” he says. “My vision for us is to be the best in class. We want to compare ourselves to hospitals around the world and that means we need resources. Thankfully, donors like Food For The Poor and USAID/LEPP understand this and are helping us to get there with the donations we receive. On behalf of the entire staff at Annotto Bay Hospital, we want to say thank you very much, because you are helping us to deliver quality patient care to all who visit here.”

Doctor Kemoi Brown, a medical intern at Annotto Bay Hospital, is equally enthusiastic about the X-ray Viewer, which he also calls a light or view box. He explains that when a patient comes in with a fracture and needs an orthopedic consult or a patient has a lung pathology, the X-ray Viewer helps them to see the problem and gives them a better idea of how to proceed with treatment. Thanking LEPP and Food For The Poor, he says “Now that we have this lightbox, doing the work is much more comfortable and easier and I love the fact that it [the X-ray Viewer] is mobile. …This has definitely benefited our patients as their waiting period has decreased and we are more accurate in giving them the information needed.”

“My vision for us is to be the best in class. We want to compare ourselves to hospitals around the world and that means we need resources. Thankfully, donors like Food For The Poor and USAID/LEPP understand this and are helping us to get there with the donations we receive.” — Mr. Delroy Morgan, CEO, Annotto Bay Hospital

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About LEPP – Transferring Physical Capital to Aid U.S. Emergency and Development Programs Overseas

Vysnova partners with USAID’s Limited Excess Property Program (LEPP); an innovative and cost-effective program that transfers millions of dollars worth of federal surplus property to Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and USAID Missions to supplement their development and humanitarian projects overseas. LEPP is yet another example of Vysnova’s strategic focus of cultivating partnerships that support sustainable, locally-driven development endeavors.

In FY 2019, LEPP successfully transferred over 43 million dollars worth of surplus property to 18 developing nations. Partner organizations that are faith-based accounted for approximately 50% of the federal surplus property transfers in the fiscal year. LEPP has already transferred 13.7 million dollars worth of surplus property just in the first four months of FY 2020.

These LEPP donations included medical supplies such as ultrasounds, infant incubators, hospital beds, ophthalmology, laboratory and dental equipment, autoclaves, generators, laptops, computers, and school furniture. Physical capital donations to Latin America and the Caribbean were transferred to Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Peru. Transfers to Asia were made to Nepal, Pakistan, and the Philippines; while transfers to Eastern Europe benefited underserved populations in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Moldova, and Ukraine. The majority of property transfers to Africa were made to Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.