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“The donation from Global Links was particularly important to improve the quality of the living environment of patients in Guyana. The patients are happy with the changes and we thank you on behalf of them. Many of the patients have been there for many years, because they have no family or other place to go.”
Dr. Mayda Grajales,
National Psychiatric Hospital of Guyana
Life Expectancy: 65
Infant Mortality Rate: 46
Maternal Mortality Ratio: 270 [180-410]
Global Links' program in Guyana began in 1996 through our collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization. Global Links supports Georgetown Public Hospital, the national reference hospital located in the capital, where most complicated medical cases from around the country are attended. We also work with the PAHO office and the Ministry of Health to reach out to more remote areas such as Lethem and Mabaruma to improve the standard of care in those areas. The Guyanese government prioritizes universal access to healthcare, but the country’s vast terrain and lack of infrastructure make access to medical resources difficult. By supporting community hospitals and clinics, Global Links can reduce the need for patients to make the difficult trip to Georgetown.
Beginning in 2012, we developed a collaborative partnership with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Georgetown, which provides care to Guyana’s diverse population regardless of ethnicity or religious beliefs. When a fire in 2010 destroyed the oldest wing of the hospital – including the emergency department, an operating theater, and administrative spaces – the disaster had far-reaching consequences.
Global Links has been collaborating to renovate the hospital, working with hospital staff, the Sisters of Mercy, who originally opened the hospital, Trinity Healthcare, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, and Catholic Health Partners. Thanks to this collaboration, the labor and delivery area was completely refurbished by March 2013.
Phase two began with the closing of two Community Mercy Health Partners hospitals in Springfield, OH, when the healthcare system opened a new campus. The surplus equipment from the closed hospitals is compatible with the systems and the needs of St. Joseph Mercy, and Global Links worked with teams in Springfield and in Guyana to choose those items that would have a long and useful life at St. Joseph Mercy.
This enormous project, with many partners contributing materially and logistically to its success, will help St. Joseph Mercy build back better from the fire, and continue to serve the healthcare needs of the people of Guyana.
Thanks to Global Links donors who make these projects possible. To support our program in Guyana, click here.
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