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2014

Cervical Cancer Screening & Fetal Monitoring for OB/GYN ward in Mali Idjos, SRB

January 2014

Cervical cancer is the second most common female malignancy in Serbia, after breast cancer.  With an incidence of about 1,500 cases yearly, it is the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the country. Compared with other European countries, the incidence of cervical cancer in Serbia is the highest.

While a simple screening test for cervical cancer (PAP smear) has been associated with a sustained reduction in cervical cancer incidence and mortality, this method of cancer prevention in Serbia has relied on opportunistic screening that is characterized by an extremely low coverage in rural areas. In the villages of Mali Iđoš, Lovćenac and Feketić, more than 4000 women are examined every year. However, because of a lack of a microscope, the most basic screening PAP smear examination had not been done.

 

SAMA purchased and donated a high-resolution microscope with multiple lenses and other accessories worth $4,240 to be used for cervical cancer screening.

Furthermore, to help women of these villages with their pregnancies, SAMA also donated an electronic fetal monitor worth $3,540 to the Health Center.

Flood Relief Projects 

Spring 2014

During the catastrophic floods in Serbia in May of 2014 a number of Health Centers in the affected areas were partially submerged in water causing substantial property and equipment damage. SAMA set up a Flood Relief Fund and received $15,400 in donations.

 

Health Centers in Svilajnac, Požega and Paraćin: We were able to immediately answer urgent requests for basic supplies to clean up and disinfect the facility and equipment and resupply medical materials lost in the flooding. We are proud to say that our volunteers in Serbia were able to deliver help to Centers in Svilajnac and Požega within two weeks of flooding and to the Center in Paraćin as soon as their needs were identified. Total of $5,000 worth of supplies were distributed this way.

Health Center Krupanj: Krupanj was one of the areas hit hardest with the recent floods. To make things worse, they were already lacking some basic medical equipment such as defibrillators. SAMA purchased a Schiller Defigard 4000 defibrillator through a Schiller representative in Serbia. This defibrillator was delivered to Dr. Petar Petrović, the director of the HC in Krupanj on October 17th, 2014 by Schiller representative Mr. Milan Krković.

Ultrasound Probe for Health Center Subotica 

May - October 2014

 We organized a walk in May 2014 with the objective to collect money and purchase an ultrasound probe for the Health Center in Subotica. The probe is used in cranial ultrasound scanning for premature and sick babies. HC Subotica required a probe that would be compatible with the ultrasound equipment that they already have (Mindray DC6) – Mindray multi-frequency transducer 6C2. We contacted Medigala d.o.o. which is the exclusive distributor of Mindray equipment in Serbia. Again we were able to purchase this probe without paying duty or VAT.

On October 31st, 2014, Mr. Srdjan Mesarović, Director of Sales at Medigala d.o.o. and SAMA board member Zoran Mladenović delivered the ultrasound probe to the HC in Subotica. We met with Dr. Mila Dujmić-Bogdanović, director of the HC, Dr. Branka Martić, Vesna Peić, and other staff members of the HC in Subotica.

After probe installation, we had informative and pleasant discussion. During the discussion, we learned that Dr. Martić essentially covers with pediatric ultrasound diagnostics the whole region of Subotica, and that even children from the Hospital are brought to the HC for ultrasound diagnostics. Needless to say that Dr. Martić and other members of the HC staff were very grateful for SAMA’s donation.

Project Brus

May 2014- October 2014

The Health Center in Brus serves a large number of remote villages, some of them even 60km away from the Health Center.  The small team of dedicated doctors at the Heatlh Center in Brus is well versed in using ultrasound in their everyday diagnostic work, however, they were lacking portable equipment that could be used during home visits. The plan supported by this SAMA donation is to train emergency doctors and nurses in the operation of the ultrasound, and improve the level of care they can provide to locals.

The Mindray Z5 portable ultrasound system was delivered to the Health Center in December 2014.

Project Požega

The HC in Požega serves the municipalities of Požega and Kosjerić. These municipalities are located along the very busy North/South highway (“Ibarska magistrala”).

The recent flooding in the region significantly affected both municipalities, resulting in damage to key medical instruments, IT equipment, laptops etc. After the water receded, two feet of mud was left to be cleaned. SAMA responded quickly and provided medical cleaning supplies and disinfectants in May. More information about this initiative can be found above. 

 

Soon thereafter, we from Dr. Vera Matović, director of the HC, that they were in need of a working ultrasound system.  SAMA received very competitive offer from Medigala d.o.o. in Belgrade, for a Mindray Z6 Ultrasound System, which typically costs ~$20k. Also, SAMA was excluded from paying import duties or a PDV of 20%.

This project gained some media attention, which can be found here!

May 2014- October 2014

Project Ćuprija

The hospital in Ćuprija covers the transfusion needs of a population of over 40,000 people. The hospital was lacking adequate and safe storage for blood products.

Dr Aksentijevich visited the Ćuprija Hospital and recognized this need. Subsequently, SAMA defined a project and donated a modern blood refrigerator to the Hospital. The refrigerator was delivered to the Hospital in April 2014.

May 2014- October 2014