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FICCS Newsletter

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FICCS Newsletter

  1. 1. Dr. Parag V. Patel, President and Founder of FICCS trains cardiologist at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya in May 2015. Dr. Patel is also the Director of Cardiac ICU and Fellowship at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Il. FICCS Newsletter Cardiac Training Improves Outcomes Stacy Harris/EditorAugust 2015 www.ficcs.net At the FICCS Women’s Center the women and girls participate in fitness classes to keep their minds and bodies in shape and to ward off any potential predators in the slums. Women from the Box Girls Kenya (pictured above) program learn self defense mechanisms through boxing skills Self-Defense Boxers Train at Women’s Center In May 2015, Dr. Parag V. Patel, Caroline Farella, RN and Mike Cutler, pacemaker specialist all visited Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. During their visit they performed 8 cardiac catheterization procedures, trained doctors and treated former patients. One patient had complete heart block and a heart rate of 30 bpm. Without insurance and any means to pay for surgery this woman was destined to “suffer in silence.” After years of training Dr. Patel proudly stated, “We were able to leave behind a pacemaker for them to implant after we left. Doctors are now comfortable implanting a dual chamber device on their own. This wouldn’t be possible years ago.”
  2. 2. 2 The Vanguard Group Brings Life to the Poor From logistics and installations to service delivery and training, the Vanguard Group, located in Nairobi, Kenya has been an instrumental partner in the success of FICCS programs for over three decades. Founded in the mid 1980’s by Dr. Parag Patel’s grandfather, the Vanguard Group consists of many different companies including Nairobi, X Ray, Meditec Systems and Fuji Film Kenya. In addition, the Vanguard Group provides FICCS with volunteer services ranging from accounting and human resources to biomedical engineers and financing. In short, FICCS could not provide such high quality cardiac care and women’s and children’s health programs in East Africa without the support of the Vanguard Group. A Vanguard Group Biomedical Engineer (pictured below) installs a donated anesthetic machine at a hospital in Nairobi. A Winning Smile Caroline Farella, RN When Caroline (pictured above) first arrived in Kenya all the way from Illinois, she knew she had made the right decision to assist Dr. Patel on his mission. A career nurse Caroline works with Dr. Patel at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, IL. Her impact was felt immediately. In the hospital she coordinated all the surgeries and trained the local nurses, but her impact goes far beyond her skills as a nurse and an educator. While working with the women she was a nurse, she was a mentor and most importantly she was a friend to the women. Caroline’s love for the girls has helped improve their self-esteem, boost their confidence, improve their personal and family health but most of all, it is her compassion and her winning smile the girls love and will remember for the rest of their lives! 10,000 Sanitary Pads Sanitary pads have proved to be the most valuable gift we are able to give the young women and girls. Young women at the Center (pictured left) receive sanitary pads, which keep them from missing school or work, but most importantly the pads help them stay regular and boost their morale. Most young women who cannot afford pads use unsanitary methods, which oftentimes lead to infections and other problems. To date, FICCS has donated over 10,000 sanitary pads to disadvantaged women and girls in the slums of Nairobi. Our goal is to ensure that these young women are not limited in pursuing their dreams.
  3. 3. 3 High School Scholarship Recipient Graduates #5 in Her Class Faith Muene, 18 (pictured above) is the first girl to graduate High School on a FICCS scholarship. It is because of Faith that FICCS started a High School scholarship program. When we met her she was a shy 8th grader and despite coming from one of the poorest neighborhoods in Nairobi and attending an extremely poor school, Faith passed her 8th grade exams with excellent marks equivalent to her peers in private schools. As a result, FICCS offered her a scholarship and she did not disappoint us graduating 5th in her class and because of her hard work she currently is working as an intern at the Women’s Center and will be attending Nursing College in 2016. From extreme poverty to educational success, Faith is an inspiration to other girls trying to get out of the Maasai Girls Graduate Congratulations to Celestine Mainka and Elizabeth Siyiantei (pictured above), both members of the Shompole Group Ranch Maasai in Magadi, for becoming the first graduates from the FICCS Women’s Center internship program. During their year stay in Nairobi they learned sewing, cooking, computers, health and fitness and life skills in addition to becoming role models for the girls back in their rural communities. Now, both are volunteering at local tailors in Magadi. “Now I am a role model for all the other girls in my community (Magadi), thanks to FICCS.” Celestine Mainka www.ficcs.net Malaika Nkotiko, 16 and Nkoisa Makooq, 16, (pictured above) are the two newest Maasai interns Ted Talks with Hawker’s Market After a devastating fire gutted their facility and threatened their program the Hawker’s Market Girls Center rebounded as their new Girls Center is currently under construction at the same location. (Pictured above) the Hawker’s Girls participate in Ted Talks at the FICCS Women’s Center
  4. 4. Feeding 3000 Women and Children Living in the slums of Nairobi is an unenviable and arduous task. Most young women and children are fortunate to get one meal a day, yet here in the West we waste food on a daily basis. Lack of food leads to malnutrition, development problems and even forces young women and girls into the streets to beg for food to feed their families. As a result, FICCS has been feeding over 3000 women and children for the last four years to help ease this burden not only on the girls, but also on the entire family. Oftentimes the family has to make a decision as to weather they eat or should they pay rent. Food becomes a priority over school and most of the time it is the girls who lose out on an education. “One person in four in Sub-Saharan Africa is undernourished” World Food Programme, 2015 FICCS (Foundation for International Cardiac & Children’s Services) Our Team Stacy Harris Managing Director Dr. Parag V. Patel President/Founder Dr. Rupa Desai Member, Board Prtten, Patel Member, Board Bachu Patel Member, Board Raju Arvindar Biomedical Engineer Millicent Ila Program Manager Caroline Akinyi Assistant Manager Rebecca Maundu Medical Outreach Peter Tingai Rural Outreach Tejas Patel Communications Shriya Patel Mental Health Magda Harris Nutrition Vanguard Group www.ficcs.net USA Office Nairobi Office Women’s Center 1010 Sheridan Road House of Vanguard Outer Ring Road Wilmette, IL 60091 Fuji Plaza Faulu Building 224-875-1631 Westlands, Nairobi Kariobangi, Nairobi Stacy@ficcs.net 254.20.733.512.802 254.20.722.824.364 Info@ficcs.net millicent@ficcs.net caroline@ficcs.net As part of our corporate social responsibility the Vanguard Group of Companies is part of FICCS whose mission is to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare in East Africa. FICCS provides durable medical equipment, medical education, training and resources to improve the infrastructure and delivery of healthcare services to the needy in East Africa. The Vanguard Group includes Meditec, Fuji Film Kenya and Nairobi X Ray.

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