Health & Hygiene

This page highlights pictures from projects supported by Acts of Grace within the most recent five years.

Photos are listed in alphabetical order by charity name. Click on the charity's name to be redirected to its website. Click on the Grant Description link to learn more about each grant. These pictures are used with the express permission of the organization that provided them and are not to be reproduced for any other purpose.

One4Another International

Surgical and Operating Room Equipment Upgrade (Uganda)

Grant Year: 2019

Grant Description

  • As One4Another continues to grow and perform a variety of surgeries so does its need for upgraded surgical tools, instruments, equipment and adequate storage. This project upgrades surgical and operating room equipment used in performing life-changing surgeries for some of Uganda’s most vulnerable children. The new equipment provided through this grant will continue to raise the standard of surgical care provided by the clinic by greatly reducing the inherent risks of performing surgeries on children with satisfactory but less precise approaches. 

  • New equipment will include a surgical drill and surgical power saw with innovative cover systems that are able to be fully sterilized for re-use.  The surgical drill also includes several adapters that accommodate a variety of surgical needs. Designed for the developing world, drill and saw cover systems from Arbutus Medical eliminate the need to clean and sterilize the device between surgeries, thus extending the life of the drill/saw and maximizing usage time. This project purchases multiple drill and saw cover systems to facilitate back to back surgeries. 

    Pictured here: The One4Another surgical team receives the new surgical drill and saw cover systems, drapes and hernia sets at the clinic in Uganda.

  • New operating room storage will support the further systematization of sterilization and surgery to ensure needed equipment is readily available when needed. Other upgrades include an electrocautery machine, an HD XRay monitor and networked computer, soft tissue instruments, bone instruments and surgical drapes. These upgrades will also reduce surgical time thereby increasing the number of surgeries possible so that the trajectory of even more children's lives can shift from one of certain disability to one with hope for a future.

    Pictured here: The One4Another surgical team receives the electrocautery machine.  The new XRAY monitor is installed in the operating room of the clinic in Uganda.

One4Another International

Surgical Equipment Upgrade (Uganda)

Grant Year: 2016

Grant Description

  • New surgical equipment significantly raised the standard of surgical care provided by the clinic by greatly reducing the inherent risks of administering anesthesia and performing surgeries on children.  Using the new Universal Anesthesia Machine and ventilator, the administration of anesthesia, pain medication and oxygen have much greater controls which means the children are safer during the operation and wake up with the right amount of medication to properly manage post-operative pain.

  • New surgical equipment increased the number possible of surgeries performed.  In 2017, 260 surgeries were performed versus 100 in 2016.  Partnerships and referrals with other clinics/ hospitals have also increased, with One4Another now being considered a high quality surgical program.

  • In addition to medical care, children receive emotional and spiritual care. In the afternoons, under the direction of a One4Another staff person, children play games, sing songs, do activities and read stories.  This includes gospel songs and reading Bible stories.  A staff member with pastoral gifts also prays with the kids before operations and during times of distress.

Tearfund Canada

COVID-19 Prevention Training (Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan)

Gift Year: 2020

  • Working with and through the local church, wash buckets and soap are being distributed into rural areas of Liberia, Sierra Leone and South Sudan.  Hand washing stations are also being set up in the community in places such as churches and mosques. In some cases, Tearfund Canada's local partners are the first NGOs to reach into these rural areas with these supplies and training.

    Pictured here: Hand wash buckets with taps and soap are distributed in Sierra Leone at a COVID-19 Prevention Training in the village. Watch a brief video to learn more.

  • Many of Tearfund Canada's partners have created, printed and distributed informational posters to increase public awareness about how to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Graphics and text explain concepts of proper hand washing, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow, safe disposal of tissues, physical distancing and self-isolation in case of symptoms.

    Pictured here: Educational posters created by the Evangelical Fellowship of Sierra Leone and the Association of Evangelicals of Liberia, in partnership with Tearfund Canada.

  • Tearfund Canada's partners are conducting village training to teach community members proper hand washing technique, proper set-up and use of hand washing stations and other COVID-19 preventative measures. Local pastors also receive training on prevention and pastoral care in the midst of pandemic.

    Pictured here: COVID-19 Prevention Training takes place in rural Liberia jointly with distribution of hand washing buckets and soap in a village.