The Lord has graciously provided for the Clinic and Housing construction costs. On October 8th a 40’ container packed with key equipment and supplies arrived at the Clinic. As we look to launch full time operations in early Summer of 2017, there are a few needs that remain. This document outlines some of those needs.
We fully believe that "God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply” (Hudson Taylor), and that God’s supply comes primarily through His people. So this document is an effort to let God’s people know what needs exist.
We desire that the Clinic be as self-supporting as possible. Some of these needs are “start-up” costs, while others represent what we expect to be “longer term” commitments that enable the Clinic to maintain its efficacy as a Gospel and Medical tool.
Portable Ultrasound Machine
Ultrasound will be a key diagnostic tool at the clinic. The portability of a unit like the FujiFilm Sonosite will allow us to use this in outreach clinics in other villages as well. FujiFilm has offered us a grant that allows us to purchase a refurbished Sonosite M-Turbo unit at a generous discount. The cost of the portable unit and transducers is $9,500.
Dental Unit (funds have been pledged and the unit ordered. PTL) [updated 5/31/2017]
GDMMissions started with Dentistry. Though we don’t have a full time dentist at the Clinic, we want Dentistry to be a prominent and distinguishing feature about the Clinic ministry. At present, we anticipate rotating dentists to Benin on a short-term basis. We would like to purchase a mobile dental unit that represents a significant upgrade in capabilities from the small portable units that we use on field team ministries. While this upgrade will certainly translate into better patient care, it will also offer greater familiarity and flexibility for US-based dentist serving at the Clinic. This familiarity factor should result in increased productivity and less stress. The unit we would like is an Aseptico Mobile Dental Cart. Their smaller portable units have been the main stay of our Dental operations. Aseptico is offering us a 20% discount and we hope to be able to purchase and ship this item soon. The unit will run us around $9500 for the 220V/50Hz version.
Pharmacy & Lab Refrigerators
Many medications, lab supplies, and vaccinations require controlled temperatures. We need two refrigerators to maintain these sensitive supplies. Estimated cost is $4,000.
Lab Air Conditioner
During Benin’s hot season outside temperatures are routinely in excess of 110 degrees. Many of our lab supplies and equipment will not work at temperatures in excess of 80 degrees. One high-efficiency 220 volt split system air conditioner will cost $1,400.
Pharmacy Stock (this need has been met) [updated 4/26/2017]
The Pharmacy, once operational, will be self-sustaining. Patients will be charged “at cost” or at government regulated rates for meds provided. We will need an initial $8,000 to “seed” the pharmacy and provide a well-rounded formulary.
For patients who demonstrate their inability to pay, we will have a “benevolence fund” that will help provide for such needs.
The Clinic will need some cash in hand and in the local bank in order to conduct day-to-day business and have an operational cushion. We would like to seed the clinic with a one time amount of $10,000.
Other Operational Needs
Initially staff salaries will need to be supplemented. For our 9 full-time national staff we expect a total monthly need of $1,300.
The Benevolence Fund will enable us to compassionately and fairly serve those who demonstrate need. Some patients will legitimately not even be able to come up with $0.17 for meds or a consultation fee. Patients who cannot pay will be helped from this fund. In order to avoid abuse we will have a strict set of criteria in order to qualify. The expectation is that there will be some form of payback to the clinic for services and meds provided. Some will pay in produce (e.g. rice or corn) that will then be used to feed others in need. Some will pay by providing labor for community development projects. We need an individual who will support this fund. We really don’t know what the monthly need will be, but I would guess $200 a month initially.
This is a subcategory of the Benevolence Fund but only malnourished babies would qualify. No payback will be required; only faithful engagement in the program is expected to ensure the health of the mother and baby. The biggest expense is baby formula. We hope to develop baby food formularies from locally sourced foods that will be supplemented with vitamins and nutrients. Educating mothers will also be a key component to the success of this program. We estimate $200 per month.
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