The overwhelming number of injuries suffered in the devastating earthquake on January 12th in Haiti has exhausted medical supplies and equipment in the impoverished country. Organizations working in Haiti have issued an urgent plea for immediate emergency medical relief.
Thanks to the generosity of three North Texas-based companies, Estech Systems,Inc. (ESI), Strasburger & Price Law Firm and American Airlines, MediSend International is sending four forty foot containers filled with 24 tons of medical supplies and biomedical equipment to the earthquake-ravaged island. Doctors, nurses and community health-workers with Partners in Health and Salvation Army Emergency Relief will receive the life-saving shipments from MediSend thanks to American Airlines’ commitment to airlift the goods.
Dan Butcher, Managing Partner of Strasburger and Chairman of the MediSend Board of Directors said, “Strasburger is a loyal supporter of MediSend’s work in developing countries. We can think of no organization better able to steward our donations to Haiti, and we are proud to be a part of this life-saving mission.”
Estech Systems Inc. (ESI) has supported MediSend in emergency situations in the past, funding shipments of emergency aid to the victims of the tsunami in Indonesia, the Pakistan earthquake and to flood-ravaged Bangladesh.
“Seeing the images of men, women and children in such misery and suffering makes it impossible not to come forward with whatever help we can offer,” says Eric Suder, Founder and CEO of Estech Systems, “We are proud to once again join with MediSend.”
On Tuesday, volunteers from ESI and Strasburger worked with MediSend staff to label, shrink-wrap and stage the boxes of medical supplies at MediSend’s warehouse, located in the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, MediSend’s global headquarters in Dallas. The shipments will be immediately airlifted to Port au Prince through American Airlines’ Emergency Relief Program.
The shipments will reach several organizations partnering with MediSend in Haiti. Partners in Health, headquartered in Boston and with longstanding ties to Harvard Medical School, has been working in Haiti for over twenty years and has been a major participant in the relief efforts since the earthquake. Salvation Army Haiti Relief is currently caring for over 20,000 people made homeless by the disaster. Doctors, nurses and community health-workers working with the organizations will receive the desperately needed shipments from MediSend.
“We are very grateful to all of our generous and compassionate friends, partners and financial supporters in this mission,” says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International. “However, fulfilling the emergency medical needs resulting from the earthquake will very quickly deplete our inventory of medical supplies, equipment and resources. Haiti will need aid for many months to come, so we are asking medical supply and equipment manufacturers, distributors, and hospital systems to please join us in our ongoing commitment to providing desperately needed medical relief to Haiti.”
MediSend is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, humanitarian organization that supports under resourced hospitals in developing countries with a multi-dimensional approach to improving community health. Medisend’s mission includes education, training, technical support and management technologies in Biomedical Equipment Repair, as well as the distribution of life-saving medical supplies and biomedical equipment. MediSend is a proud member of The Clinton Global Initiative.