By Holt International
Eugene based charity
On Monday morning, the community of Eugene, Oregon rallied to fill two shipping containers full of donated medical equipment, and get those containers traveling toward Shinshicho, Ethiopia, where Holt is helping to build a maternal-child hospital.
When Holt began family strengthening projects in Shinshicho six years ago, the only clinic in the area was run-down and understaffed, with not a single full-time doctor on staff. As a result, many mothers were forced to gamble on their health, and the health of their children — especially when undergoing a difficult childbirth. Facing complications, they could try to make the 12-mile journey by foot to the nearest hospital in Durame, or hope they would be OK. Seeing the tremendous need for better medical care, Holt helped Shinshicho revamp the run-down clinic in their town, and more than 50,000 people received care the first year. Still, the clinic couldn’t treat more advanced conditions, including birthing complications, or those requiring surgeries or X-rays.Read the full article and discuss it »