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It’s amazing how the passing of a few days can change things …. for the better. It’s like as if SIRC are into a bit of a routine now. What was once new and challenging a few days ago, has become less frazzled somewhat.
Make no mistake, the patients are continuing to arrive and there is much much work to do! But there are now processes in place and everyone knows what they are meant to do. Many of you who know me, know I am a bit of a process queen so this delights my heart. A little nerdie of me, I know. Enough of me for now.
There has been great progress on all fronts at SIRC.
Chanda (Rehab in Charge) and Mandira (Nursing Manager) are now living 24/7 at SIRC. Unsure if this is any good for their personal lives, but it clearly shows their dedication to the many SCI patients arriving daily and those who now call SIRC home. They are on call for whenever they are needed. They are inspiring young professionals.
Professor Taslim Uddin is from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation BSMMU, Dhaka and his arrival has really strengthened the knowledge of SCI amongst the medical team at SIRC.
Drs Peter Wing and Claire Weeks from Bowen Island, BC Canada have been providing daily consultations and mentoring to the medical team at SIRC via Skype. Here’s a photo of Peter & Claire taken by Dr Raju of his laptop screen while on the skype call :-). Check out more detailed updates on the support Peter and Claire are giving, on their blog SpiNepal.
A donation of dozens and dozens of pillows were gratefully accepted by SIRC from a very generous local business man. Pillows are key to managing pressure sores.
Fiona Stephenson has been appointed the Volunteer Coordinator for SIRC – this no mean feat! Fiona has experience setting up SCI facilities in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, so is in an ideal position to effectively do this key role. SCI experience is critical for any medical volunteer coming to SIRC, otherwise the existing staff will spend more time training the volunteer, and less time on the patients themselves. Needs will evolve over the coming months as the patients progress through their individual rehabilitation programs. Fiona has the experience and knowledge in similar circumstances, we are fortunate to have her volunteer to do this important role. Here’s Fiona’s posting on Facebook.
If you or anyone you know is aware of medical professionals with SCI experience willing to help onsite and remotely, please contact Fiona.
Fundraising is going really good with CAD$26,425 donated on the Handicap International – Canada online donation page. That’s 17% of our target, a long way to go yet but still something you should all be proud of – it translates to paying for the rehabilitation costs for almost 9 people.
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