Dear KBNF Family and Friends,
It is with gratitude that we extend our deepest appreciation to you, our family and friends, for the support that you have given us over the past decade. To fulfill our vision and mission, we have been blessed with tangible donations including your expertise, your time, and your finances. Danny Moe says that: “Compassion without coin is only good intentions.” You went beyond good intentions and took action. Thank you for your faith filled investment.
Full Tool Kit
Last fall, as I pondered how to effectively describe what KBNF is all about for our Fraser Valley business community, I thought of my contractor dad’s tool belt, always worn throughout his workday. Without nails, a hammer would be of limited use. Taking it a step further, trying to strike in nails without a hammer would be difficult and inefficient. Another implement could be used but would slow things down.
Let me give you a prime example as it relates to developments in West Africa. Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital is a recipient of donated quality ventilators and cardiac monitors. That equipment will only be of value, of sustainable worth, if the African medical and nursing staff have the knowledge to use them and the biomedical engineers have the expertise and resources to maintain and repair them. If parts are delayed because the manufacturer does not consider this consumer a priority, then again, the tool kit is deficient and frustration and discouragement sets in. Equipment + Biomedical training + mentoring + maintenance are essential tools. Without them, the tragic bottom-line is that precious lives are lost unnecessarily and that’s what this is all about. Providing the necessary tools to save lives and give a first rate chance to enjoy a quality and long life.
Here is another prime tool kit analogy: African nationals training abroad have known that returning home to practice in their specialty would not allow them to practice at the level of their newly acquired world-class expertise. Not wanting to lose their skills, they would remain abroad to fulfill their life dream and another precious national resource and investment would be tragically lost to their homeland, time and time again. We believe that if they were confident that the resources were awaiting their arrival and practice, these specialists would head home as pioneers and pillars to care for their people.
What has transpired over the past century is provision of goodwill in the form of essential tools, but what has been missing was a full tool kit; one in which Africans could rise to their full potential and effectively and independently deliver health care, education, training and research in their homeland, and gain full equal world partner status.
Partnering with Ghana
Partnering with Ghana, the regional leader nation as they transition to middle level income society, we are focused on providing:
- Biomedical training support;
- KBTH neurosurgery unit structural repairs;
- Infrastructure master plans and programs comparable to what is prepared here in North America (NA) for their eagerly anticipated NA standard health care facilities;
- Advancement of neurosurgery, neurology, and emergency education and training;
- Plus development of a West African neuro-research department.
With the optimistic ripple effect throughout the region, I might add, we are endeavouring to help ensure they are equipped with a complete 21st Century medical tool kit. We are also preparing medical and teaching missions to Ghana and Liberia this summer. But it is a challenge, dear family and friends, unless sufficient funding is available.
Make an Investment to KBNF
KBNF Canada is working very hard to advance our effectiveness as we reach out across the Atlantic to partner with Ghana and West Africa. Consequently, KBNF sports a new look and new website, thanks to a generous corporate sponsor and assistance of a communications PR firm.
As with Ghana, KBNF needs a full tool kit in order to sustain our organizational operations and partner effectively to fulfill the various urgently needed projects. Many of our urgent projects are in holding patterns, as we work to raise the critically needed funds.
Please join with me and our project members and give generously to our worthy cause. A gift of any size is so very much appreciated. Perhaps you can underwrite a project. We would be so pleased to have a project named after you or someone of your choosing.
To make an investment to save lives, please visit our donate page.
We are only a phone call away if you have any questions: 1.877.468.6380.
Your faithfulness each step of the way has enabled us to gather sufficient tools together for each project. Thank you.
Marjorie Ratel RN BSN
Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation / Korle-Bu Foundation [Canada]
Korle-Bu Neuroscience Project