LIG Global sent their 1st team to work with the Children’s Cancer Center at the Arturo Grullon Regional Government Hospital in Santiago, DR.
The hospital provides medical services for 14 of 32 provinces referred to as “El Cibao”, the most populated REGION in The country. The borders of “El Cibao”, occupying the central and Northern part of The Dominican territory, also includes the largest population of Haitians. Both Haitian and Dominican children receive medical services in a 257 bed hospital with limited resources. The surrounding government medical facilities do not have sufficient personnel, expertise or pediatric medical equipment thus many of the children are transported (via any means possible) to Santiago. On a regular basis, the hospital also receives children from outside the Cibao Region including Dajabon. Compounding the financial struggles of the hospital, they must care for children left behind by a parent who no longer can care for the child. These children, after receiving medical treatment, are moved to orphanages.
A needs assessment was done by our team while much needed repairs/inventory was done by our Saint Barnabas biomedical engineer volunteer, Jinna Avendano.
An exciting introductory meeting was held between our team and a delegation from Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM). We look to partner with PUCMM and Rutgers Global Health on a multitude of projects in the DR.
Lastly, we are most excited to partner with Voluntario Jesus con Los Ninos – a truly devoted group of Catholic nuns who live in the hospital and a network of dedicated volunteers from Mao, Puerto Plata and Santiago.
The volunteers provide transportation, clothing, food, and much love to all the patients when needed. The Organization has offices in all the different government facilities and maintain records of all monetary donations and any other type of donation such as a medical equipment, medications, supplies, furniture, toys, clothing,etc. In the case of the passing of a child, these volunteers assist with support to the family in the grieving process when no other services are available.