Esso Angola Donates Medical Supplies from MediSend International05/14/2007
Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Limited today announced that two containers of medical supplies and equipment from US-based organization MediSend International were donated on Saturday to the Centro Evangélica de Medicina do Lubango (CEML) hospital in the Area do Cristo Rei in Lubango, Huila Province.
The supplies were made possible by a 2006 grant from ExxonMobil Foundation under the Africa Health Initiative. Three prior MediSend shipments of equipment and supplies had been made in 2005 and 2006 to public hospitals in Luanda, Soyo and Lobito. The contents of each container are individualized for the specific hospital receiving the goods and the value of these containers is between $500,000 and $750,000.
A group of 15 Esso volunteer employees flew from Luanda to Lubango to join the staff of CEML, and members of Youth for Christ, in unloading the several tons of supplies shipped in two 40-foot containers and sorting the materials into various categories of medical specialization, orthopedic, obstetrics, general surgery, etc.
Receiving the MediSend supplies on behalf of CEML was Hospital Director Dr. Stephen Foster, who said, "We are very grateful to MediSend International, ExxonMobil Foundation and Esso for the donation of these badly-needed supplies, and particularly to Esso for providing volunteers to help unpack these materials. We have been working with provincial health officials to direct these supplies where they are most needed, to CEML and 18 public health facilities in the provinces of Huila, Cunene, Namibe, Benguela and Huambo."
Esso Angola's Managing Director Terry McPhail said, "The donation of these supplies is one small element of a longstanding ExxonMobil and Esso focus on, and commitment to, supporting the public health system in Angola. We were pleased to work with Samaritan's Purse, CEML and the Ministry of Health to better equip 19 facilities to meet the medical needs of the Angolan people across five southern provinces."
About Esso Angola
Esso Exploration Angola (Block 15) Limited, is an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corporation, the world's leading petroleum and petrochemical company. Esso Angola has been operating in Angola since 1994 and is currently the operator of offshore Blocks 15 and 33 and coventurer in three other deepwater blocks. The company has a lengthy history of providing financial contributions to organizations working to improve Angola's education, health and environment.
About MediSend International
MediSend International is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, humanitarian organization that provides medical aid and education to people in need in developing countries worldwide. MediSend's global mission includes the distribution of medical supplies and equipment in long-term medical aid programs, disaster-emergency medical relief campaigns, and educational programs in Biomedical Equipment Repair and Healthcare Management. MediSend International has distributed more than 590 shipments of medical supplies and equipment, valued at over $72 million dollars to needy communities in 93 developing countries. More information on MediSend International is available at www.medisend.org
About the ExxonMobil Africa Health Initiative
ExxonMobil established the Africa Health Initiative in 2000 to support and centrally fund activities related to the prevention, control and treatment of malaria. While malaria is the focus, other health-related projects are supported where there is significant identified local need. In 2006, ExxonMobil awarded more than 24 AHI grants for health-related projects in 11 African countries.
About Samaritan's Purse and CEML
Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan's Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God's love through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Samaritan's Purse provided funding for construction, medical supplies, staff, and vehicles for the construction of Centro Evangélica de Medicina do Lubango. This state-of-the-art medical facility was inaugurated in June of 2006.