Yesterday, Tuesday May 18, MedShare’s Western Region Distribution Center loaded and shipped out a 40 foot container of medical supplies and equipment destined for AFGHANISTAN. This container was sponsored and shipped by American Medical Overseas Relief (AMOR), an NGO based out of Fresno, California that is dedicated to improving the health of people in impoverished areas of the Middle East.
AMOR knows that 40% of children in Afghanistan die before age 5. They die of preventable and treatable diseases like diarrhea, infections, measles, and chicken pox. Like children around the world, Afghan kids find joy in their families and friends as their lives begin. They don’t realize their life expectancy is half of what it would be if they’d been born in other countries with access to basic medical care.
The one-thousand-plus pieces of medical supplies and equipment on the MedShare container yesterday were hand selected by Dr. Mark Scoffield, CEO of AMOR. This is MedShare’s second shipment to Afshar Hospital with AMOR. The first one shipped from California in June 2009. The items on this container include patient gowns, suction pumps, crutches, hypoallergenic tape, adhesive dressings, surgical masks, gooseneck examination lights, otoscopes, blood pressure monitors, an ultrasound machine, and much more. The items are going to be used at Afshar Hospital on the southwest side of Kabul. Afshar Hospital opened its doors in April, 2009. It was built by Afghans to serve the Afghan people. More than 100 Afghan employees deliver medical care to the more than 40,000 impoverished people in the area. The people that Afshar Hospital serves would not otherwise have access to medical care. In the first month, Afshar Hospital treated 800 patients and expects to be treating 3,000 patients each month in the future.