As you read this, medical equipment and supplies valued at estimated $350,000 are crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia on their way to Cameroon where they will be put to good use – easing suffering, treating the sick, and, in many cases, literally saving lives.
This is all happening through Bread and Water for Africa®’s longstanding partnership with the University of Virginia’s MERCI program and the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital which donated the gently used medical equipment and brand-new, still-in-original-packaging medical supplies, and you.
Because of your generous support to Bread and Water for Africa®, we are able to cover 100 percent of the costs to ship the 40-foot container, filled to the brim with 16,000 pounds of equipment and supplies, to our partner in Cameroon – Hope Services.
In May, Hope Services founder and director Esther Ndichafah was in the United States and had the opportunity to visit our warehouse in Fredericksburg, Virginia and select the medical equipment and supplies most needed to operate the clinic which serves the most needy in Yaounde Cameroon.
Here is just a partial list of the equipment just shipped: four hospital baby cribs; three breathing machines; eight wheelchairs; two stretchers with mattresses; eight medical bedtables;
And all of that doesn’t include 341 more boxes full of medical supplies such as tongue depressors, gloves and procedure masks, isolation and surgical gowns, bedpans, bandages and tape…the list goes on and on.
And because the community has basic needs as well, we also shipped 400 backpacks full of school supplies and boxes of toys and bicycles
Bread and Water for Africa® and your role in all of this is covering the cost of shipping the supplies to Cameroon, and elsewhere in Africa – more than $6,000.
We believe that’s quite a bargain when you consider the huge return on investment!
In the past year alone, Bread and Water for Africa® has shipped well over $10 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to our partners in Ethiopia and Sierra Leone – and that doesn’t take into account the tens of thousands of dollars in personal protection kits sent to the valiant healthcare workers battling Ebola in Sierra Leone.
On average, Bread and Water for Africa® ships out 10 similar containers each year. With the latest one on the way to Cameroon today, we are already planning for our next shipment to go out within the next few months.