The Bustamante Children’s Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica is the only hospital in the English-speaking Caribbean that serves pediatric patients exclusively. The hospital treats over 50,000 children yearly from infancy through 12 years of age. The most prominent health issues treated are gastroenteritis and seasonal respiratory illnesses. The Bustamante Children’s Hospital received four examination tables and a storage cabinet through Food For The Poor in partnership with LEPP. The tables were placed in critical areas of the Oncology Unit, the Burn Unit, and throughout a medical ward. Examination tables are an essential resource for the hospital as they allow for the safe and thorough assessment of patients, and the cabinets are used to store critical items such as intravenous fluids for the ward. According to CEO Camille Wallen-Panton, the donations came just in time as they had previously requested equipment from the government that had not yet arrived
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 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.”
Additionally, Mehboob Charity Vision-Pakistan, in collaboration with LEPP’s partner Deseret International Foundation, has benefited from LEPP transfers of ophthalmic equipment for its Satellite Optometry Clinic Havelian in Pakistan. Recent studies in Pakistan have found that there is an inextricable link between blindness and poverty: the prevalence of total blindness in poor areas was more than three times that in affluent areas. Studies have also found that 20 million people in Pakistan have visual impairment of which 4 million are children. Mehboob CharityVision works to ensure everyone can be treated for eye issues. With the help of property donated through LEPP, Mehboob CharityVision has provided eye consultations, low vision assessments, and community pharmacy and optical services. In addition, Mehboob CharityVision conducted more than 200 outreach eye camps to provide health care in the community for conditions including refractive error and cataracts and conducted 60 sessions to train teachers on how to screen children in schools. To date, Mehboob CharityVision was able to provide eye
care services to more than 150,000 people due to LEPP donations.
About Vysnova Partners and LEEP
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 on 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.