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.

cbm Canada

3D Printing of Prosthetics for Children (Developing World)

Grant Year: 2015

Granted through Acts of Grace participation in Stronger Together

Grant Description

  • Conflict, natural disasters, bone infections, trauma and birth defects have left millions of endemically poor children in need of quality prostheses. Children living with disabilities, including those who have lost a lower limb, face enormous barriers to success. The physical pain and barriers to school, play and meaningful social participation are only the beginning of their challenges. The misunderstanding, stigma and deepened poverty that almost invariably accompany disability in these poorer communities are barriers that damage their hearts and self-perceptions.

  • The current way to make lower-limb prosthetic sockets requires a 6-day manual, multi-step process that uses trial and error to achieve proper fit. It requires repeated visits to the hospital, often at great expense to the patient’s family and the need to modify the socket as the child grows. Further, a poorly fitted socket is extremely uncomfortable and can result in injury to the residual limb. This project pilots newly available and affordable 3D printing technology to revolutionize the process of producing sockets for lower-limb prosthetics. The intent is not to displace current prosthetic technicians, but re-skill them in this new methodology. 

  • This project seeks to make better prostheses, faster and with fewer trained prosthetic technicians, by replacing some of the manual steps in the prosthetic production process with a semi-automated, digital production tool chain. By capturing biomedical data and transferring it a 3D printer, prosthetic production time can be reduced from 6 days to 6 hours. And the custom-fitted prosthetic socket will be more comfortable for the child, resulting in a higher level of usage by the child. The resulting mobility opens doors for child amputees to socialize, help at home and attend school.

Communitas Supportive Care Society

Training and Developing Healthy Families (Canada)

Grant Year: 2015

Granted through Acts of Grace participation in Stronger Together

Grant Description

  • Matthew’s House (MH) is a respite care home for children ages 4-18 living with complex care needs. Parents of these children are often exhausted and weary from the challenge of caring for a child with disabilities. This project will provide 30 MH families with the opportunity to participate in 4 separate half-day behavioural support training events.  Participating families will receive enhanced take-home supports along with their current respite care model. Families will be empowered and parents of children with disabilities will create successful coping strategies. Enhanced family skills promote healthy child development, maximize quality of life, and support full participation in community life.

  • Approximately 70% of the families who  approached Matthew’s House for respite care in 2014 are caring for a child with moderate to high behavioural issues (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s, Mental Health diagnoses, etc). This project provides for special staff training that will facilitate the expansion of MH services to incorporate children living with significant behavioral issues. By adding the behavioral supports, the child will benefit from enhanced professional care while families will have a chance to step back and rest for 2 days to 2 weeks. These enhanced services have the potential to serve all of British Columbia.

Health Partners International Canada (HPIC)

Pharmaceutical Inventory Management Project (Developing World)

Grant  Year: 2015

Granted through Acts of Grace participation in Stronger Together

Grant Description

  • There are many challenges to strengthening pharmaceutical management practices in the Global South in order to help maximize their resources. Shortages of medicines, funds, training, a lack of capacity and weak infrastructure limit medical staff’s capacities to forecast, monitor and distribute their stocks effectively. This often means that clinics run out of certain medicines while others sit in back rooms and expire.  Despite the need for an easy-to-use and simple inventory tool, this type of program is not readily available.

  • A pharmaceutical inventory management system customized for the challenges of the Global South will enable pharmacists and stock managers to better monitor their stocks and produce accurate reports, allowing for greater accountability and improved service provision. The easy-to-use software will also increase the user’s efficiency and capacity to monitor expiry dates, ensuring that medicines can reach patients in need. Expiration tracking also ensures products are not disposed of in potentially hazardous ways. Monitoring the use of medicines also enables pharmacists to better anticipate their needs throughout the year.

  • Developing and integrating this tool into existing medical work will improve the quality of pharmaceutical control testing,  increase the number of patients treated and foster a sense of pride and commitment in medical staff that receive training and tools. Improving the management of medicines through the implementation of an inventory program enables medicines to reach more patients in need. This, in turn, promotes better health and development outcomes, ranging from better quality of life and higher life expectancy, to reduced impacts on health systems.

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.

Sanctuary Ministries

Improved Medical Care for our Community (Canada)

Grant Year: 2015

Granted through Acts of Grace Participation in Stronger Together

Grant Description

  • The health clinic at Sanctuary serves 600-800 men and women in Toronto's inner city each year.  Many of these individuals are homeless or street-involved. Many of the patients struggle with issues of addiction, mental health, chronic poverty and much more. Due to social stigma - whether real, perceived or both - many of these people are deeply uncomfortable accessing health care through regular channels, such as walk-in clinics, doctors' offices or hospital emergency rooms.

  • This project supports the expansion of the nursing care team by increasing the availability of 2 part-time Registered Nurses as well as adding a full-time Nurse Practitioner. This will provide a consistently higher level of care as well as enhance the services offered through a new triage system that separate drop-in needs from those that require more complex care in the health clinic. These changes will increase the number of individuals the clinic can serve as well as improve the efficiency of the clinic in serving its clients.

  • Sharing workload among a larger team will also reduce the likelihood of staff burnout and turnover.  This, in turn, has a very real impact on the sustainability and impact of ministry as continuity and longevity of staff in this context is essential to establishing trusting relationships with the clients accessing services.