Project C.U.R.E. Continues to Assist Ebola-Stricken Communities
Two 40-foot cargo containers, packed by Project C.U.R.E. Houston, and filled with life-saving donated medical supplies and equipment recently arrived in Liberia to rebuild and re-outfit hospitals. Simultaneously, Project C.U.R.E.’s Phoenix Distribution Center had a container arrive in Customs and set for clearance that was packed with the help of the Vice President of Liberia, His Excellency Joseph Boakai Sr.
This cargo will mark the 28th and 29th Disaster Relief containers from Project C.U.R.E. to support Ebola-stricken communities. Items included E.R. supplies such as gauze, syringes, surgical gowns and masks, as well as critical lab supplies, beds and mattresses. The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) coordinated funding for these shipments which supports capacity building and Ebola research. This research is being conducted in Liberia by the U.S.-Liberian Partnership for Research on Ebola (PREVAIL) in which the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is a partner.
To date, the Ebola outbreak has resulted in 28,388 reported and suspected cases in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. Liberia has been Ebola free since July 2015, in large part due to the investment in healthcare infrastructure by organizations like Project C.U.R.E.
The majority of items sent by Project C.U.R.E. are supplies that are often the result of renovation, replacement, re-orders or retirement. Project C.U.R.E. collects excess supplies and equipment from hospitals and medical manufacturers, allowing them to repurpose these items in an environmentally responsible and useful way for the benefit of the world.
Upon its arrival in Liberia, the containers were delivered to Ganta Hospital—the main surgical hospital and Tellewoyan Hospital in Lofa—the public hospital, not far from the border, that also treats Guineans, and serves as a teaching hospital. The Ministry of Health donated three trucks for the transportation of the supplies to the area.
“The volume of the supplies we have been getting from Project C.U.R.E. has been huge. With the container from your warehouse, we’ve been able to help more hospitals and clinics than we had originally planned,” said Kate Kynvin, MS, Program Manager II, Clinical Monitoring Research Program (CMRP), Frederick National Laboratory, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.
One recipient mentioned that a surgical light that was sent to the Ganta facility was a welcome donation. She remarked, “The maintenance team worked on it for a day and they began using it yesterday. This new, lightweight model provides more light and uses less energy than the 30 year old light it replaced! The OR staff is very excited due to better vision. Thanks a million.”