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Advances in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology 11-12 May 2018
2018-05-19
It was a dream-come-true to host the first ever ISUOG-Approved

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Advances in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology 11-12 May 2018
SANA’s Commences its Final Ultrasound Course for Midwives at Aboujaoude Hospital 17 May 2018
2018-05-17
SANA commenced its final ultrasound course for 8 midwives at

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SANA’s Commences its Final Ultrasound Course for Midwives at Aboujaoude Hospital 17 May 2018
SANA On its Last Trip to Dahieh 24 April 2018
2018-04-24
SANA’s team returned to Dahieh today for the last medical/educational

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SANA On its Last Trip to Dahieh 24 April 2018

SANA’s Medical Trip to Tabbaneh, Tripoli 17 January 2012

To the inner city, SANA’s team, traveled. Today's mission was  in collaboration with the "Charitable Ladies' Union" and took the team into the heart of the city, the Tabbaneh area, the locale of Tripoli's largest "Farmer's Market". And in spite of the roaring wind and pouring rain, the team was warmly met by the eager mothers-to-be as they gathered at the local headquarters of the "Charitable Ladies' Union"...


As is customary, the mission commenced with an educational session addressing the attendees concerns regarding all issues pertaining to pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.


Subsequently, thorough medical evaluations were carried out: from the basic weight and blood pressure, to the anemia and diabetes screening, and finally to sonographic assessment of the future generation…


All nutritional supplements today were the generous donation of Levant Alie Houses S.A.L.


Most of our patients ranged in age from 17 to 45, 42% were on their first pregnancy, in the second to ninth month of pregnancy, and 33% had had no prenatal care and 8% had had a prior home birth and were planning a home birth. Of the patients tested, 50% had anemia and were given the proper dietary supplementation. Today, what was striking to SANA’s team was the high percentage of mothers, 25%, who had suffered through multiple neonatal deaths due to various maternal and fetal conditions. As such, much time was spent discussing the workup and preventive measures to those catastrophic outcomes...


And after a most rewarding mission, future dates were set for the next visit to the Tabbaneh area and SANA's team returned to basecamp, in the heartland of what was previously known as the “Basateen Area”, that is the orange-grove center of Tripoli, and what has given it its alter name as  Fayha', the Arabic for "fragrant city"...





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To the inner city, SANA’s team, travelled, in collaboration with the "Charitable Ladies' Union", into the heart of the city, the Tabbaneh area, the locale of our largest "Farmer's Market". And inspite of the roaring wind and pouring rain, the team was warmly met by the eager mothers-to-be as they gathered at the local headquarters of the "Charitable Ladies' Union"...

As is customary, the mission commenced with an educational session addressing the attendees concerns regarding all issues pertaining to pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period.

Subsequently, thorough medical evaluations were carried out: from the basic weight and blood pressure, to the anemia and diabetes screening, and finally to sonographic assessment of the future generation…

All nutritional supplements today were the generous donation of Levant Alie Houses S.A.L.

Most of our patients ranged in age from 17 to 45, 42% were on their first pregnancy, in the second to ninth month of pregnancy, and 33% had had no prenatal care and 8% had had a prior home birth and were planning a home birth. Of the patients tested, 50% had anemia and were given the proper dietary supplementation. Today, what was striking to SANA’s team was the high percentage of mothers, 25%, who had suffered through multiple neonatal deaths due to various maternal and fetal conditions. As such, much time was spent discussing the workup and preventive measures to those catastrophic outcomes...

And after a most rewarding mission, future dates were set for the next visit to the Tabbaneh area and SANA's team returned to basecamp, in the heartland of what was previously known as the “Basateen Area”, that is the orange-grove center of Tripoli, and what has given it its alter name as Fayha', the Arabic for "fragrant city"...

 

SANA's Last Outreach Trip of 2011...13 December 2011

SANA's team carried out its second medical/training mission today to Sheikh Zennad in collaboration with World Vision Akkar (www.worldvision.org.lb) as well as Sheikh Zennad's Local Committee.

 

SANA's team travelled into the heart of Akkar's valley and was met by Mrs. Jamileh Khalil Ibrahim and Mr. Ahmad Jahjah of World Vision Akkar and Ms. Safa' Alali of Sheikh Zennad.

As usual, the team started with an educational session and followed up on the progress of some of the patients seen on SANA's prior visit in November. The team was thrilled to hear of the healthy birth of 2 mothers. In addition, one of the patients who had been previously diagnosed by SANA's team to have severe anemia, was retested today, and was found to have had a significant improvement in response to the medical and dietary therapy initiated.

The team went on to transform our meeting room into a functional clinic and went on to evaluate some of our previously seen patients, in addition to several new ones. Of the patients seen today, 80% were on their fourth pregnancy (if not more), 40% had had prenatal care only with SANA's team, and 75% of the patients tested today had anemia. Follow up on previously scanned fetuses revealed appropriate fetal growth. Of the mothers seen today, 60% were in the third trimester, as a consequence much time was spent reviewing labor precautions and planning for delivery. 

Ms. Safa' Alali of Sheikh Zennad, who had shadowed SANA's team on the last visit, was actively participating today. She learned how to measure blood pressure and was intently following SANA's team and familiarizing herself with the glucometer and our hemoglobin/ hematocrit testers. She was also learning to identify key structures in the fetus on ultrasound: namely the skull, beating heart and placenta and was proving to be the perfect example for: "see one, do one, teach one"!

After a most rewarding day, all involved bid farewell and made plans for a subsequent visit to Sheikh Zennad in early 2012.

This, being the last outreach trip for SANA's team in 2011, was the perfect finale to a most promising start… SANA's team travelled back the sea-side road, reflecting on all the great lessons learned throughout the outreach missions of 2011, and feeling so hopeful about a more fruitful tomorrow and more and more giving in the upcoming New Year...

 

A "Pine" in the Pod...6 December 2011

Under the bright December sun, SANA's team travelled the now familiar road to Btourmaz, alongside pine tree families of all ages and sizes, and carried out one of its most successful medical missions yet...

As usual, the team started with an educational session to an eager audience and then went on to provide medical care to pregnant ladies spanning the entire 9 months, with various needs and concerns. Of the patients seen, 21% were planning a home birth, and 36% had had no prenatal care except for that provided by SANA's team. The team followed up with patients who had been seen in the past 2 trips to Btourmaz, and who had had complications and workups initiated. In addition, the team identified a patient with a large-for-gestation baby who was planning a home birth and cautioned her as to the potential risks. Another patient had too little fluid around her baby and plans were made for intensified monitoring and timing of delivery.

Perhaps the absolute highlight of the visit was seeing the great advances that Charge Nurse Ghinwa had made. Today she was comfortably dating all the women using her new pregnancy wheel that was provided to her by SANA, and determining fetal presentation while carrying out her first obstetrical scans ever, under the direction of Reem S. Abu-Rustum, MD! Her face was lit up with the brightest smile throughout the day as she confidently applied the knowledge that she has been gaining through SANA's visits and the didactic sessions she has been receiving, and she confidently scanned Btourmaz's mothers, who were so very proud of her...

As such, SANA's team felt extreme gratification in their ability to fulfill one of SANA's most critical goals: that of training and enhancing the skills of the local caregivers... Future dates were set for the next mission, and all journeyed back home feeling as bright as that intense December sun...