Thanks to the generous financial sponsorship of the Kimberly Clark Foundation, MedShare shipped another 40-foot container of medical humanitarian aid for Bolivia yesterday from our Southeastern Regional Distribution Center in Decatur, Georgia.
The medical supplies and equipment on the container are donations for the Hospital Clinico Viedma in the Andean city of Cochabamba. This 200 bed public health institution has been serving Bolivia’s most poor and needy populations for the past 126 years. In his appeal to MedShare and Kimberly Clark for donations, Hospital Director Dr. Eduardo Amaya wrote that 60% of the hospital’s patient population comes from rural and semi-urban areas, 20% are from the city center, and 20% are migrants from around the country’s provinces and rural villages. The hospital also receives patients referred by the police and patients living on the streets and dealing with alcoholism and mental health illnesses. The Bolivian Ministry of Health does its best to provide the hospital with supplies and staff, but due to the high poverty rate, they are constantly lacking critical resources to care for all of these needy patients.
According to the World Health Organization, 61 out of 1,000 children under five die in Bolivia, as compared to 8 out of 1,000 in the United States. Child malnutrition and stunted growth is a chronic problem.
Over 1,000 individual boxes of medical supplies and equipment were shipped to Hospital de Clínicas on the container today, including surgical gloves, crutches, syringes, surgical masks, IV tubing, exam tables, suction pumps, laryngoscopes, pulse oximeters, a ventilator, an electrosurgical unit and more.
We’d like to deeply thank the Kimberly Clark Foundation for sponsoring this humanitarian project, and the Kimberly Clark S.A. corporate office in Bolivia for facilitating the donation to the hospital!