Four 40-foot ocean containers have left MediSend’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas bound for Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Dallas, TX. September 24, 2014 – Dallas-based nonprofit, MediSend International, has sent four 40-foot ocean containers filled with urgently needed medical supplies to Sierra Leone and Liberia, two West African countries hardest hit by Ebola.
The Dahan Family Foundation, ESI-Estech, Chevron, Zoe Geh Foundation and the IDEA Foundation donated funds for the shipment of supplies critical for healthcare workers and patients battling the Ebola virus outbreak. Members of IDEA Foundation, KDU Global (North Texans with Sierra Leone ancestry) and Disciple Life joined with ESI employees in volunteering to pack and label approximately 4,000 boxes containing emergency supplies such as gloves, masks, gowns, drapes, syringes and hydration sets.
Last week, the shipments left MediSend’s warehouse located in the Elisabeth Dahan Humanitarian Center, Medisend’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas.
With the disease showing no signs of waning, we hope to be able to continue sending aid until this tragedy subsides,” says Nick Hallack, President and CEO of MediSend International, “This is such a desperate situation. Hospitals in the region are experiencing depletion of even the most basic supplies. We are grateful to our loyal supporters and generous donors for making it possible for us to ship these desperately needed items to communities suffering unspeakable pain and grief.”
MediSend has shipped humanitarian aid around the world since 1990 – to countries such as Bangladesh, Indonesia, Lebanon, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Equatorial Guinea and Afghanistan. MediSend was one of the first responders to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti and, more recently Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.
Founded in 1990, MediSend is a multi-faceted organization with a singular mission: improving community health. In 2006, MediSend coupled the delivery of supplies and equipment to developing country hospitals with the training of professional biomedical equipment repair technicians (BMETs) and opened the MediSend Biomedical Equipment Technology Schoolâ„¢. The General Richard B. Myers Veterans Biomedical Technology Programâ„¢ was launched in 2013 to offer MediSend’s comprehensive BMET training program to post 9-11 veterans. Certified by the Texas Workforce Commission as a Career School and College, MediSend offers a unique five month program in state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. The Biomedical Equipment Technology (BMET) Program is approved by the US BMET Board of Examiners and the US Certification Commission.