Ebola by the Numbers
Lately, PIH clinicians in Maforki Ebola Treatment Unit in Sierra Leone have been treating the sickest Ebola patients with two intravenous lines, instead of the usual one. It’s too early to say anything conclusive, but the change seems to be paying off. “Since providing this aggressive fluid resuscitation, PIH has not seen the death of a confirmed Ebola patient who began treatment at Maforki,” said John Welch, chief clinical officer for PIH’s Ebola response. Read Paul Farmer’s recent op-ed in the Washington Post explaining the key factors in surviving Ebola.
Rwanda's Ministry of Health and PIH/IMB have started a clinic for infants at high risk of death and developmental delays. The clinic also helps caregivers support and improve development for these babies.
Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo is now seeing patients at its new maternity and gynecology wards in Neno District. The PIH/APZU team and the Ministry of Health hope the improved care encourages pregnant women to deliver at the hospital.
At University Hospital, coordination among staff members on the ground in Haiti, Partners In Health in Boston, and U.S.-based doctors keeps the radiology department running smoothly.
Ophelia Dahl, co-founder and executive director of Partners In Health, discussed with broadcaster Katie Couric this week a letter Dahl’s father wrote 27 years ago about the importance of vaccinations.
Severe flooding in Malawi in January and February has displaced thousands of people. Partners In Health's Malawian sister organization has responded to health-related issues with a weekly mobile clinic.