Posted on Dec 31, 2020
On December 28 the Elmbrook Rotary Club (ERC) was notified that The Rotary Foundation has paid out $47,300 from its World Fund in support of Global Grant 2099786, "Pediatric Ventilators Santo Domingo Ecuador." The amount includes $11,000 of District Designated Funds (DFF) from Rotary District 6270.
 
     
 
 
The grant provides for the purchase of two pediatric ventilators and one neonatal ventilator for Andean Health & Development's (AHD's) locally-staffed teaching hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. The ventilators are for the hospital's neonatal ICU. While the equipment purchase will generate immediate impact for the community, it is actually part of a greater investment in a healthcare model for Ecuador and beyond. The objective of purchasing the ventilators is primarily to provide high quality care right now to some of the country's poorest people, those living on less than $4/day. The direct beneficiaries are the newborns and their very low-income families who cannot afford services and therefore must utilize the public system (with whom AHD partners). Children with COVID-19 will also benefit. As of December 11, 2020, Ecuador had reported 200,379 coronavirus cases (https://www.statista.com/statistics/1101643/latin-america-caribbean-coronavirus-cases)
 
The Rotary Area of Focus for the Global Grant is "Maternal and Child Health." Total cost of the project is $97,992. ERC provided $51,820 for the project [which includes direct support from the club and foundation (plus some extra funds to offset unforeseen expenses) and also donations from an ERC Rotarian and a number of non-Rotarians]. The Host Club, the Rotary Club of Tsachila de Santo Domingo, provided U.S. $1,500.
 
The project was spearheaded by ERC Rotarian Jim Dunn, who also serves on the Advisory Board of Andean Health & Development. The ERC "International Partner" committee included Mark Zalewksi, Harry Farchmin, Barry James, & Erik Moeser. Congratulations to those who worked so long and patiently on behalf of this worthwhile project, and thanks to Elmbrook Rotary Club & Foundation membership at large!