Care for Cameroon
Dr. John and Elizabeth Palle opened St. Luke's Medical Clinic for people who need orthopedic surgery in Cameroon. The clinic brought new opportunities to the small villages in the area, including water, roads, electricity, and internet services. However, the clinic is still in a very rural part of Cameroon, where many people do not have running water, electricity, or even modern houses. The clinic provides orthopedic surgery to people who have been injured on the busy roads where trucks, buses, cars, bicycles, and pedestrians share the same dirt roads. Others come for other problems which can only be solved by an orthopedic surgeon.
The clinic provides basic hospital services and beds for the patients. The costs are low. A typical $10,000 procedure in the United States costs only $250 in Cameroon. However, the clinic is missing some things we would consider normal in the United States. There are no indoor kitchens and no laundry facilities. Women who are caring for their injured husband and children must cook for the family and their husband. Similarly, all laundry for the clinic is handled by the wives who volunteer their services.
At night the women sleep next to their husbands on the ground, often using their clothes for bedding. The clinic needs towels, sheets (white or cream colored), and diapers. These basic supplies will help the patients and their families. The children should be in school, but most cannot afford $100 per year for the school. The Palle Foundation is working to provide for the basic needs of families using the clinic and to pay for as many children to attend school as possible
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