The International Humanitarian Projects committee of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, Michigan is pleased to announce the successful completion of a Rotary Global Grant providing Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) medical equipment for medically underserved infants in Pune, India.
The recipient of this grant, the SGAK Charity Hospital in Pune India, serves over 175,000 patients / year including over 3,600 babies delivered. The existing hospital facility had limited NICU capabilities and in many cases could only offer transfers to other private hospitals for treatment. Due to the costs of travel and private hospital care, many families were unable to provide the necessary medical care for their premature infants, resulting in the low-income patient population incurring the highest rates of infant mortality due to lack of accessible neonatal care.
Starting in 2018 our partner and global grant host club, The Rotary Club of Pune Metro, oversaw the delivery of over 60 pieces of new medical equipment for the SGAK Hospital NICU including incubators, ventilators, resuscitation units, phototherapy units, airway pressure equipment, warmers, oximeters, and many other items. Additionally, multiple trainings on best practices for utilizing and maintaining the new equipment was provided to the staff physicians and nurses, and a pamphlet was created for distribution in the local community to advise families on caring for premature infants.
In the first 9 month of the new NICU operations, over 900 newborn infants were treated by the SGAK Hospital NICU, exceeding the initial forecasted patient demand by over 20%. Most of the medical equipment supplied has a service life of many years and will continue to provide crucial medical treatment for tens of thousands of premature infants for decades to come.
We are grateful to our partners all over the world and to the Rotary Foundation for their contributions to this life saving project. Rotarians working together in service above self.
By Jason Whipple