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: