On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center in Decatur, Georgia loaded and shipped out a 40 foot container of medical humanitarian aid destined for Afghanistan. The container, sponsored by EMERGENCY USA – Life Support for Civilian Victims of War and Poverty, is expected to arrive in the port of Karachi, Pakistan in mid-May, clear customs shortly after that and then be transported to its final destination at the EMERGENCY Surgical Centre for War Victims in Afghanistan. The shipment was generously sponsored by EMERGENCY USA, the US based partner organization of EMERGENCY Int’l.
EMERGENCY is an independent NGO that operates hospitals and rehabilitation centers in seven poverty-stricken countries around the world. EMERGENCY hospitals employ local staff and offer free surgical services to the poor. Injuries caused by bullets, shells, mines, and other weapons of war are some of the most frequent medical problems seen at these hospitals.
They are four medical facilities in Afghanistan which will receive medical supplies from the MedShare container:
- 95-bed surgical center in Kabul
- 10-bed surgical center in Lashkar-gah
- 70-bed general medical center in Anabah
- 25-bed maternity centre in Anabah
EMERGENCY USA in coordination with the local EMERGENCY procurement officers were able to select over 1,400 individual boxes of medical supplies for the container from MedShare’s online inventory to be shipped on the container. Included in these are:
- elastic bandages
- urinary catheters
- adult diapers
- surgical gloves
- germicidal wipes
- oxygen masks
- an ultrasound machine with two probes
In a country with some of the worst health statistics in the world, where about 20% of children die before their 5th birthday and only about 1 in 4 people have access to clean water, these medical supplies will hopefully make an impact in supporting EMERGENCY’s noble efforts.
Many thanks to EMERGENCY USA, Todd Barnett, Emanuele Nannini, and all others who contributed to making this project a reality!
To view photos of the shipment, view our post from yesterday.