On Monday, August 12, MedShare had the pleasure of sending off a 40-foot container of medical aid to Uganda, sponsored by the generous Berean Christian Church.
Berean came strongly represented to witness the send off of the container to their partner hospital, Lion of Judah. This is an urban hospital funded entirely by donations, and has an approximate annual budget of $130,000, less than the value of the shipment we sent them. They serve around 12,000 patients per year, and the most pressing healthcare issues are cases of tropical diseases and STDs, but the Lion of Judah medical center provides a wide variety of medical services, from primary, general and emergency care to family planning, Obs/gyn, pediatrics, and orthopedics. MedShare has provided general medical supplies, such as bandages, catheters, dressings, gloves, gowns, I.V. supplies, masks, needles, surgical packs and syringes, plus durable medical equipment (DME) like crutches and walkers, as well as surgical instruments. MedShare also provided two hospital beds, one stretcher, and three exam tables, along with various pieces of Biomedical equipment, such as CPAP/BIPAP machines, a patients lift, a defibrillator, and an electrosurgical machine.
The group was led by head pastor and founder, Dr. Kerwin Lee and his First Lady. Witnessing the event were two officials from Bayelsa State, Nigeria, sent by their Governor.
Berean has chosen Uganda as their primary international outreach project. In addition to this container sponsorship, the church led a 20 member delegation to Uganda this past July for a mission trip that included medical staff that were able to treat large numbers of patients. Berean has been an outstanding partner to MedShare, sending 108 volunteers to sort 971 boxes over 324 hours! We look forward to continuing this partnership with Berean, and are so thankful for their support! Please click below to view pictures from our send off ceremony.