Stage 3: Proof of Concept
With the Ministry of Health of Guyana as a partner, Guyana Help the Kids (GHTK) is receiving a $350,000 Grand Challenges Canada grant to augment $250,000 from its own resources for equipment, education, and support to physicians and staff, to improve the survival rate of high-risk neo-nates in Guyana.
One third of child deaths in Guyana result from respiratory distress or bacterial infection in infancy. Although infant mortality rates have improved in Guyana, the numbers correspond with those in the U.S. and Canada before the extensive availability of neonatal intensive care units (NICU). Half of all babies in Guyana are born at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. GPHC has an NICU, but mortality remains high due to insufficient education, limited experience, and minimal equipment.
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Lift and sustain the level of neonatal intensive care at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, and develop a national neonatal network and transportation system.
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The project will lift and sustain the level of neonatal intensive care at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation. Neonatal-related infrastructure will expand, and education provided to physicians and nurses throughout Guyana will grow – in particular, those at the five network hospitals, which account for more than 80 per cent of all deliveries in the nation.
Planned Goals and Milestones
"We intend to significantly decrease neonatal mortality by empowering Guyanese healthcare providers through education and technology, which will ensure sustainability," says Dr. Narendra Singh, founder of Guyana Help the Kids.