After 22 years, the village doctor needs a new car.
My aunt, Dr. Ellen Einterz, writes:
"Myra and I have been here for just over 22 years now, and our workhorse Land Rover is exactly that age. Our hospital has 120 beds in six main wards (thirteen buildings altogether, six of them being main wards), and they stay pretty full. We treat on average 122 patients a day. Ours is the only hospital, and Dr Nkusu and I are the only doctors, serving a district population of 124,000 people—except that the population we serve is actually a good deal bigger than that, since people from hundreds of kilometers on the other side of the border use us as their hospital as well. We have a staff of 60, give or take, half of whom are nurses or lab techs, and we are the referral hospital for a circle of six health centers run by nurses in peripheral villages."
On the non-roads perpetually washed away by the next rainy season, a four-wheel drive vehicle is a crucial element of Dr. Ellen's district hospital, a hospital which is more than a source of physical well-being, but is also a tangible source of pride, dignity, and hope for the diverse people of Cameroon's Far North.
A small and quiet group of Hoosiers have been the primary benefactors of Dr. Ellen and her work for over twenty years, but a new vehicle capable of handling the Cameroonian terrain can cost almost $50,000. While over half of that money has already been promised from this same group of generous Hoosier philanthropists, we still need a little help. Please give as much as you are able...the good that comes from your contributions is real and deeply appreciated.
If you prefer to give offline, please send a check to either of the following, but PLEASE SPECIFY IN THE MEMO: CAMEROON FUND
St. Matthew Catholic Church
Mail: 4100 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220-5599
Indiana Institute for Global Health c/o Robert M Einterz
1001 W 10th St, Indianapolis, IN 46202-2859