Mid-January Container Shipment Announcements

Mid-January Container Shipment Announcements

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AWDF and Hope Floats Initiative Sends Container to Cameroon

Cameroon

On May 13,  MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center loaded and shipped a 40 foot shipping container with medical humanitarian aid for Cameroon, West Africa.  This was a joint project organized by the African Women’s Development Foundation (AWDF) and the Hope Floats Initiative.

The container is carrying over 17,000 lbs of medical supplies and equipment, such as gauze, iodine, surgical instrument sets, emergency laryngeal airways, surgical masks, Patient Energy Transport vehicles, hospital beds, a surgical table, blood pressure monitors, and much more.

A large portion of the items will be donated to Limbe Regional Hospital in the Southwest province of Cameroon, where a recent outbreak of cholera has claimed over 98 lives, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.  The Hospital has been overwhelmed with cholera cases in recent weeks and desperately needs the additional beds, Drip Drop Oral Rehydration Solution and other donated items that will be arriving.

The other supplies that were shipped on the container are earmarked for use by a team of physicians and nurses traveling from the US and Nigeria to Cameroon on a medical mission organized by the AWDF and Hope Floats Initiative.  The team will be providing free medical care to needy families by setting up mobile surgical and consultation centers.

Please see below for photos of the container send-off celebration:

Sending the container off

MedShare's Eben Amstrong and AWDF members pointing to Cameroon

Cameroon native and MedShare employee Eben Amstrong with equipment being shipped

Wheelchairs on the shipment

beds on the shipment

MedShare Ships Two Containers to Hospital General Douala in Cameroon

Cameroon

On Thursday, April 21, two 40-foot containers of medical humanitarian aid for Cameroon were loaded and shipped from MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center in Decatur, Georgia.  Both containers will be delivered to Hopital General Douala, one of the central Ministry of Public Health institutions in the city of Douala, where doctors and nurses struggle daily with a lack of resources to care for their patients, most of whom come from poor backgrounds.

Hopital General Douala

MedShare’s Senior Biomedical Engineer, Eben Amstrong, is originally from Cameroon, and has worked and volunteered to repair medical equipment at the Hopital General Douala numerous times.  On Eben’s most recent return home to Cameroon this winter he spent more time at the hospital and, upon seeing the dire need for supplies and equipment, returned to the United States to organize the shipment of these two containers.  “Douala is the economic capital and the largest city in Cameroon,” says Eben. “This hospital is the one of the biggest referral hospitals and most patients there have been referred from different regions.  Unfortunately it doesn’t have enough equipment for the 21 million people in Cameroon.”

Among the items included on the containers are:

  • hospital beds
  • emesis basins
  • suction catheters
  • gauze pads
  • surgical masks
  • drape packs
  • patient monitors
  • an ultrasound machine
  • an electrosurgical unit
  • nebulizers
  • a dental x-ray machine
  • and much more.!

Thank you to the Coca-Cola Bottlers of Northwest Africa for generously sponsoring this project!

Sharing the Health in Cameroon

Women in Cameroon waiting outside a clinic

This afternoon, Tuesday April 13, MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center loaded and shipped a 40 foot container with medical humanitarian aid for FONTEM DISTRICT HOSPITALS in Menji, CAMEROON.  Fontem District is located in a very remote region in the southwest of the country.  Four government-run health centers will be sharing the medical supplies and equipment on the MedShare container, including: Menji District Hospital (46 bed facility), Azi District Hospital (60 bed facility), Lewoh Health Center (30 bed facility), and Nimockmbin Health Center (25 bed facility).  Some of the most common health problems seen in the area are malaria, HIV/AIDs, and metabolic diseases.  Though the staff at these hospitals does their best to care for their patients, they face a severe shortage of supplies, equipment, and other resources. The MedShare container shipped out today included over one thousand individual pieces of supplies and equipment weighing over twelve thousand pounds total, including surgical lights, laboratory equipment, exam gloves, surgical instruments, ambu bags, scrub suits, tongue depressors, an infant scale, a defibrillator, a CPAP machine, vital signs monitors, nebulizers, hospital beds, and more!

This humanitarian aid shipment was the second container to Cameroon sponsored by WORLD CHANGERS CHURCH/CREFLO DOLLAR MINISTRIES. Thanks to all who helped this become a reality, including: Minister Kenneth Terry, Mr. Joe Fortuchang, Dr. James Rogan, Cliff Feldman and the rest at World Help and Cross International, Nell Diallo, Joshua Kravitz, Eben Amstrong, Rob Oviatt and all the rest!