I can’t believe the last post here was over three months ago! If anything, the paucity of posts is a reflection of how many other things are demanding my attention when it comes to PURE; we’ve made so much great progress in the past three months. As I hope you were able to read in the latest e-mail update, we’ve settled on a specific plan for the pilot program based on direct requests of the Rwandan MoH. The project description has been updated with the details of this action plan, so check it out if you didn’t have a chance to read the document attached with the last e-mail. In order to execute this plan we’re doing everything we can to help connect the Rwandan government with potential sources of ultrasound equipment donations or low-cost purchasing options. Provision of equipment by PURE is out of reach of our small, education focused organization, and we would prefer that the equipment be fully owned by Rwanda. To support the costs of executing our training and thoroughly studying the outcomes we’ve projected financial needs of approximately $50,000. Within the next couple weeks I hope we have a solid plan for accomplishing this goal. There are lots of elements already at work (like the support of our friends at Good/Works Global, check it out!) but my goal is to have a list of many different means of raising these funds so we can divide and conquer in maximizing our efforts. $50,000 is the minimum we need based on the current plan, but anything we can raise above that will ultimately just make this program stronger and give us more options for an intense longitudinal analysis and helping to support our trainees/hospitals over the long term. We have obtained fiscal sponsorship from Good/Works, so all donations/support will be tax deductible for the donors/partners, but we are still working on our own 501c3 application. We need to finish formal International NGO registration in Rwanda, obtain IRB approval both here and in Rwanda, and complete a formal write up of our curriculum to submit to the RMC for CPD approval. There’s so much to do still, but we’re well on our way to getting it all done. Get in touch if there’s something specific you want to get more involved in!