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2011 " Double articulated lorry of medical equipment sent to Sarajevo"
On a follow-up visit to the Hospital it was clear that all the equipment sent to the hospital was in good use. We were surprised to find that all the incubators and infant warming systems had babies in them. There were twins in one of the incubators and we were touched to see that they had been given a better chance of survival.
On this Visit we were given an opportunity to assess the needs of the Neonatal Unit of Mostar Hospital. There were about 1400 babies born every year at the hospital and another 900 in the local catchment area. The mortality rate had been quite high, 3 to 5 % of babies had difficult births and approximately 5 babies were transferred to the Neonatal Unit weekly. In discussion it became clear that the hospital had very little resources in comparison to our resources back home.
The leading doctors said they greatly appreciated the donation from the Irish people and we asked if there was anything else we could do for them. They said they urgently needed a transport incubator, more delivery beds, Obstetric or Gynaecology instruments, baby clothes and blankets. They also needed slippers and nightwear for the mothers in the Maternity unit. With our assistance some of these items were gathered in Cork, Limerick and other parts of the country and sent to Mostar on our second truck load. This truck was paid for by Almas.
We ourselves also appreciate the work of Almas and the great generosity of all those who gave funds, clothes and slippers, and also the members of the Riverstown and Blackpool knitting circles and the many individuals who knitted jackets, blankets and caps for the babies in either the hospital or neonatal unit.
On the 2/09/08 two of the doctors visited us at Europa to discuss the list of items supplied. We were anxious to hear their reaction to what had been donated and to know if there was other equipment that was needed that we might be able to source for them. The meeting was very productive and beneficial.
The Doctors thanked all involved in the sending out of the equipment and said that it was the best ever donation to the hospital. They again mentioned the great need they had for a mobile incubator.