Matchmaking for Health
We would wholeheartedly agree with that and would ask you one question - what about holiday periods, extended sick leave, maternity leave... what happens to the staffing levels in these already fragile health centres? Well in our experience many NGOs struggle to cover short term absences of staff - either services are reduced, inadequately carried out or in worst case scenarios shut down completely! You may think that this is not a big problem but let me assure you that this is very serious. Imagine the nearest health centre to you is a 7 hour walk away - you can imagine that you would wait either until someone with a car is travelling there or until that burning pain in your stomach got unbearable. Imagine then that after waiting until you are in a serious condition you reach the clinic and it is closed! If that doesn't convince you, let me remind you that babies wait for no one, and sick babies even less.
Mirna, Ghizlaine and I (the founders of Fill That Gap) have all witnessed firsthand the detrimental consequences of gaps in human resources for health during our humanitarian missions and we are convinced we can offer a solution to the problem. What we do is to work with partner NGOs in low resource countries who completely depend on international medical volunteers/staff. We identify their human resource needs, and foresee gaps in their service so that we can help them to manage their own challenges. We then provide them with the appropriate medical profile to Fill That Gap! To find out more check out our website www.fillthatgap.org
We've got our partners and dozens of volunteer medics - now we just need the funding to start our operations!.
That's where you come in: if you believe in our solution and want to help bring medics to patients in need then please donate whatever you can. If you can't donate anything but would like to volunteer your medical services - contact us via our website, where you can also find options for donating. If you can't donate or volunteer but would like to fundraise for us, please get in touch with us via our website and we'll help you to set up your very own Fill That Gap fundraising campaign.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know us!
Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fill That Gap
So thank you on behalf of Fill That Gap and the partner organisations we work with!