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In This Issue
Dr. Owen Receives National Award Nomination
What Host Doctors are Saying...
Highlights from Recent Trip to Republic of Georgia
2007 Accomplishments
Dr. Medge Owen
Receives Nomination for National Award
Dr. Medge Owen, founder of Kybele has recently been selected by Cookie Magazine, a national publication as 1 of 5 nominees in the United States for her work with mothers and children.  Winners receive a cash award of $35,000 for their organization as well as national magazine and press coverage. 

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What Host Doctors are Saying About Kybele...

The following except is from Dr. Frank Boni, Anesthesiologist at the University of Ghana-Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana.  Kybele hosted Dr. Boni on a trip to the US to witness anesthesia practices and to take that information back to Ghana.  The following quote is from the conclusion portion of his visiting doctor's report.

"Dr Medge Owen and her group have proven beyond reasonable doubt their commitment to a collaborative program to help improve Obstetric anesthetic practice and neonatal resuscitation in Ghana and worldwide.


The Conference of the SOAP (Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology) and subsequent visits to Duke University and Wake Forest University have been a real eye opener as to obstetric practice and neonatal care in North America and also research presentations from all over the world.


I have benefited a lot from the visit. My department as well as the whole of Ghana and West Africa will benefit directly and indirectly from my visit."

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Issue 1
Kybele E-Newsletter
January 2008

Welcome to Kybele's first electronic newsletter.  We are proud to bring you the latest news of the work we've accomplished.  Kybele thrives on the volunteer support of medical professionals who take time out of their busy schedules and money out of their own pockets to join us on our mission of providing safe childbirth practices worldwide.  Kybele also receives (and depends greatly upon) the financial support of individuals and organizations who support financially.  These contributions help provide the cost of supplies, teaching materials, and other work-related costs. 
In addition to our medical work, Kybele has also supported local school children in the locations we've visited.  Click HERE to read more.
We look forward to another year of growth in 2008 and appreciate your support and continued interest.
Medge Owen Sig
Medge D. Owen, MD
2008 Membership Information
Kybele is in the final stages of setting up a membership support program beginning in 2008.  Be on the lookout for more details to come soon on the benefits of membership.
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Trip to Republic of Georgia - 2007

 Georgia 1 - Nov 2007

Mother giving baby a kiss for the fist time while cesarean section
completed under spinal anesthesia.  Photo Credit:  Lisa Councilman, MD
Making a Difference...
Amid national political turmoil, an 8 member Kybele team arrived in Georgia November 9-17, 2007. The first patient controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA) infusion in Georgia was administered by Kybele team members to a laboring patient in Orioni Hospital, a leading center in capital city ofTbilisi. Numerous infusion pumps and adminstration sets were donated to Georgia on this trip by Novant-Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Also donated were 2 fetal doppler heart tone monitors from Lyndhurst OBGYN of Winston-Salem.  Since the previous Kybele visit, Orioni has implemented the use of spinal anesthesia for cesarean section.  This is following the national approval of bupivaciane in March 2007 which was also facilitated by Kybele. Drs. Lisa Councilman and Virgil Manica endured a 6 hour drive over poor road conditions and in bad weather to Batumi, Georgia, on the Black Sea coast. They spent the week working in several hosptitals demonstrating spinal anesthesia for OBGYN procedures and giving multiple conferences. They were graciously received. We continue to identify cultural and local issues impacting women's health care in Georgia. Future trips and conferences will be planned to further education in safe obstetric practices. Our primary goal is education; we hope to lower maternal morbidity and mortality by teaching during the acute management of the parturient and newborn. This goal is in accordance with the Georgian health services, the WHO and UN agencies. 
Click HERE to see photos from this trip.
Kybele Accomplishments in 2007
Brittany Clyne, MD
Since Kybele's Founding in 2003, the organization has continued to grow tremendously as more medical professionals become involved in the cause. 
In June 2007, Kybele hit a milestone of 100 medical volunteer participants with many of those attending multiple trips and to date has enlisted 120 volunteers from 33 institutions in 8 countries.  Kybele also accomplished continued programs in Ghana, Republic of Georgia, Armenia, Brazil and Croatia and opened up a new programs in Egypt and Romania to begin in 2008.  Kybele volunteers have now donated more than $1,000,000 in educational materials, textbooks, medication and equipment to host countries.
Financially, 2007 was the best year for Kybele in support from foundations and individuals. Kybele is proud say that 100% of individual finanical contributions go to support the actual work of the organization in developing countries.  Kybele also welcomed several new board members to the organization. 
Photo:  Kybele Member Brittany Clyne, MD

Team Croatia

Kybele Team in Croatia

Upcoming Medical Trips

The following trips are scheduled for the remainder of 2008.  If you are interested in attending one of these trips, please contact the coordinator(s) listed.  Serious inquiries only please.  Visit our website for more trip information.

Egypt: April 2-12, 2008 (TRIP IS FULL). 

Romania: May 10-25, 2008. 
Dr. Virgil Manica and
Dr. Lisa Councilman
Ghana:  September 20 - 28, 2008
Coordinator:  Dr. Vernon Ross
Republic of Georgia: October 25 - November 7, 2008 Coordinator: Dr. Brittany Clyne