Men’s ward, Ejeda Hospital, Nov, 2017
Eighteen months ago I spent a day at Ejeda Hospital in southwest Madagascar. I saw many things that needed repair or replacement, many things that weren't working or were simply missing that a hospital should have. But one of the most striking things was also one of the most basic - the deterioration of the mattresses on the hospital beds was obvious. I couldn't help but think of the dignity of the patients using these beds.
In April, we received word that the GHM container bound for Ejeda had arrived in Tulear. And in that container were 40 new mattress covers! Those covers are protecting 40 high-quality mattresses purchased in Madagascar with funds sent by GHM. My traveling companions 18 months ago saw similar conditions at Manambaro Hospital, and inspired their congregations and others to help us replace mattresses at both hospitals. Special thanks to Our Savior’s in Argyle, MN and to Nativity Lutheran Church in St. Anthony, MN.
I met a patient in the Ejeda men’s ward whose leg had swollen to the size of a tree trunk. His leg was broken in a farming accident nine months earlier, but he didn't go to the hospital because it was quite far away, and he was concerned he couldn't pay. The break had not set properly and now he was in serious pain. Ejeda was his best hope for healing, but without a working x-ray machine it was difficult for the surgeon to determine how to help him. The GHM container that sent mattress covers to Ejeda included a portable digital x-ray machine that will make all the difference for patients like this man and others. Gifts to GHM’s Shipping Ministry made this possible - thank you!