On July 1, 2014, Sterile Processing Education Charitable Trust (SPECT) marked its first anniversary as a registered trust in Canada! This milestone was celebrated with cake, finger foods and flowers at a trustee meeting in early July.
Harold LeTourneau, a Texas based industrialist, has developed our first template of the pressure cooker instrument basket. Christina will be travelling to LaGrange, TX in October to work with Harold on further development of the basket. Christina continues to develop educational materials in preparation for her next trip to Africa.
Until the end of 2014, Dan is volunteering in an administrative capacity to support the work of SPECT.
Christina was scheduled to return to Benin, West Africa this month to continue carrying out the work of SPECT in partnership with the Africa Mercy. However, due to proximity of the Ebola virus, which the WHO has now projected to infect up to 20,000 people, the Africa Mercy has changed their plans and will now likely head to Madagascar. Christina plans to return to Africa from February to May 2015 for a follow-up visit to the ROC and to provide educational training in Madagascar.