Dankwoord voor de donateurs
van Aandacht voor Aids, van Naa Ashiley Vanderpuye,
de oprichtster en arts van de kliniek
[woensdag 11 augustus 2005]
Since Cindy returned back to
Holland everyone at the clinic has been missing her.
Initially I knew Cindy, after staying away from Holland
for almost 2 years and looking at how intensive she
was involved in so many things in Ghana, I knew it was
going to be difficult adjusting to life in Holland again.
I therefore decided not to get in touch with her too
quickly just to give her the time to settle down.
Even that was not successful.
I kept on getting calls from all sorts of people from
all over Ghana about Cindy. Some were in connection
with work she had done in the Northern regions of the
country, some were in connection with her nutritional
booklets, some were just out of concern of people who
suddenly had lost track of Cindy. They wanted to make
sure she was fine. Some were sad to hear she had returned
but were relieved when assured that Cindy will be visiting
every now and then.
At the clinic, we have also had to adjust to not having
Cindy left us with some assignments which she had initiated
and that was something we were all happy about and I
want to update you on all that we have done so far.
With financial assistance from
Cindy, our laboratory got a microscope and a humalizer
which we are very proud of. The laboratory however was
not in a good shape as it was not in use. One day we
all got up and decided to give it a clean up so we could
display the very expensive equipments we had received
and start using the place. We spent a whole day cleaning
and are proud to say that we are all glad with the way
the lab looks like and that we have already started
using it for certain services. We still need to get
a few things to make it complete. Cindy left us with
some money to assist in getting some of the things but
over time we have realized that there is still more
we will be needing. This is however not a reason to
stop us from getting the place more and more in better
The only big thing we still need to get is a Full Blood
count machine. Then along the line different and more
reagents will be acquired.
Currently the following tests are done: HIV, Hep B,C,
Malaria, Urine Routine Examination, Pregnancy Test,
some basic chemistry tests, widal tests.
The group of ladies and currently
2 gentlemen doing the beads is going on very well. Many
of their products have been bought and are still being
bought by visitors of WAAF and IHCC, in many cases foreigners.
Many people have also made orders and currently their
beads are all over the world.
We have also good news that Marijke Visser who initiated
the project of course with assistance from Cindy is
willing to intensify her assistance by becoming the
main importer of the beads to Holland. The group of
course is thrilled about this and it is a very good
motivation for them.
I was surprised to see that they now have a wider variety
of beads and are coming up with more different shapes,
sizes and colours. Two new members have joined, a man
and a woman bringing the total group size to 8 and they
all work seriously and harmoniously. I am very proud
of them and very thankful to Marijke Visser and Cindy
for making this possible.
I have received calls from various
organization, institutions, clinics, hospitals, groups
ever since Cindy left requesting for the booklets which
shows the great interest. At the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital,
the nutritional booklet is used by the counselors especially
for those who turn out not yet indicated to go on ARV's.
The booklet is helped to educate them on good food and
what to do when problems occur. In some cases the booklets
are given out to the patient so they can refer to things.
I was very proud to see a patient I had referred to
Korle Bu for CD4 count who came back with a still good
enough amount of CD4 cells and with the nutritional
booklet. It gave me a good feeling.
Hospitals from other regions have also called and said
they are very interested in the booklets and will like
to have copies.
Clients themselves who go through them always come for
WAAF with assistance from HACI
(Hope for African Children Initiative) will be starting
a project in the Upper West region of the country. This
is aimed at Orphans and Vulnerable Children and HIV
positive people especially women. The Nutritional booklets
are going to be a very important tool used in the education
programmes. We will be updating you on how things are
Since Cindy left, lots of the booklets have been collected
and the few she left with us are almost exhausted. It
clearly shows that there is certainly a need for reprinting.
Also taking into consideration the expansion of the
programmes to the other regions of the country. If any
one has ideas of how to assist us do this we will be
We have also made some progress.
A nurse has been hired for 3 days in the week. This
makes my work a little less busy. The nurse sees to
the intake of all patients, the registration, documentation
etc. She also sits in all the meetings which makes the
care of plan more complete.
We all wear our uniforms now and so have given the clinic
the image of indeed being a clinic although we still
maintain the patient friendly environment.
We have admitted quite a number
of new patients. Many have been patients from other
regions who have managed to come to Accra to try and
access ARV's since this servive is only available in
the Greater Accra region and the Ashanti region. The
clinic still faces lots of constraints trying to help
Then of course the taking care
of people that have been totally abandoned by their
family. In such cases the patients end up on the streets
and fall very ill. When brought to us we manage to get
them back on their feet but then face the challenges
of what to do with them from there.
The numbers of out patient visiting the facility is
growing. By the middle of the year we had seen almost
double the amount we saw last year. Many are coming
from far and have heard about IHCC through friends,
relatives, media etc.
The numbers of children is also
growing. Fortunately since a few months it is also possible
for children to access ARV's at the ART centers. The
children that need to go on ART are referred there which
gives me a good feeling as I feel much better being
able to do more for them.
Every now and then the clinic is faced with touchy stories
of some of its patients and then it becomes extra difficult
when we have to help such people. I engage myself in
individual fundraising and through our support group
Health Equity Project HEP we are always fortunate to
get some money to assist these very needy people. HEP
has partnered with WAAF and IHCC and supports the work
of IHCC through various ways.
Financial support to individuals
in need through small individual fundraising, advertising
for the beads made by the Positive Living Association
beads group. This can be found on their website www.healthequityproject.org,
referrals of Gays, Lesbians and Sex Workers to IHCC
for medical care and treatment. We are proud to be partnering
Currently WAAF and IHCC are getting
things in shape for a partnership with Stanford University
which will enable especially IHCC do lots of research
work in various areas of HIV and AIDS. We are looking
forward to that and will keep everyone updated on the
We also just heard from Cindy
that an organization in the Netherlands has put together
some amount of money which they want to donate to the
clinic in the form of an ambulance, something that the
clinic is badly in need of. The ambulance will take
a lot of burden off our clients that have to rely on
expensive taxis when they need to go to other hospitals.
Also when unfortunately a patient dies, we have had
to go through a lot from hiring of taxis at tremendously
high prices to using of private cars in transporting
corpses. The ambulance will take that burden of the
So like you can all read, IHCC
is moving ahead and really wants to expand its services
so more derpived people can also have access to some
basic medical care. We still face a lot of constraints
and the little YOU can do to help will be very much
appreciated. As little as 5 euro a month, can save a
life of a child or for that matter even an adult. We
look forward to your continuous support.
Naa Ashiley Vanderpuye.