2012 Donations

REMEDY at Duke donated supplies to the following global health projects and organizations in 2012:

DECEMBER: Duke Global Medical Brigades, PANAMA

The Duke chapter of Global Medical Brigades’ winter break service trip this year is to Darien Province in Panama, where student volunteers will assist health professionals to  see over 800 patients in the countryside by setting up a traveling clinic in one of the local schools.

DECEMBER: American Medical Association

The AMA coordinates the donation of stethoscopes to areas of need overseas via its WorldScopes program.  REMEDY donated approximately 2200 stethoscopes to this program, to be distributed to various individual projects in Africa as well as to Project C.U.R.E. and the Tzu Chi Medical Foundation.

NOVEMBER: Durham Rescue Mission, Durham, NC, USA

Three pallets of surplus personal care items (pillows, toiletries, diapers, etc.) were donated to the Durham Rescue Mission, which provides shelter for Durham homeless as well as a free outpatient medical services through its Samaritan Health Center.

 NOVEMBER: St. Stephens Episcopal Church, HONDURAS

This is our second donation this year, coordinated by Duke RN, Cheri Janning,  to the Honduras Medical Mission of the NC Episcopal Diocese, which works to provide medical, dental and eye care and health education to the people in the remote Madrigales and Choluteca region of Honduras.  

NOVEMBER: Centro de Salud Santa Clotilde, PERU

REMEDY volunteer, Nathan Schenkman, has been helping physicians working with this non-profit, based in Iquitos, Peru, which provides healthcare  in a rural hospital seven hours away in Lereto, Peru.  Located in the Peruvian Amazon, the hospital serves 20,000 people in 100 villages along the river and provides inpatient and outpatient care, as well as outreach vaccination programs and treatment for TB and malaria.

OCTOBER: Hospital Municipal de Camiri, BOLIVIA

Third-year Duke Medical student, Victoria Rendell, brought supplies to Hospital Municipal in Camiri, Bolivia for use in obstetrics to diagnose in utero transmission of Chagas disease (a tropical parasitic illness).  The project seeks to provide early recognition and treatment of infected infants who would otherwise not be identified.

SEPTEMBER: Volunteer Med Partners, Mindo, ECUADOR

Volunteer Med Partners is non-profit based in Carrboro, NC.   Their mission is to provide medical, health and educational services to underserved areas in the poverty-stricken rural town of Mindo, Ecuador.  In Mindo, health care is extremely limited and no emergency care exists.  Volunteer Med Partners is working with the Ecuadorean government, academic and non-profit leaders and community residents to establish an emergency/urgent care clinic.  Construction on the new clinic has begun and is estimated to take 6 to 9 months to complete.  This will be a unique model of care—a non-profit clinic working alongside the Ministry of Health’s preventative clinic to provide a desperately needed continuum of care.   VMP will bring equipment and supplies, and will recruit volunteer physicians to staff the clinic.  A local planning committee has decided unanimously to make this a fee for service clinic on a sliding scale.  The local community and Volunteer Med Partners share the eventual goal of this being a sustainable clinic staffed primarily by Ecuadoreans and assisted by volunteers from the US.

Mark and Rebecca Marquart at new VMP clinic in Mindo, Ecuador

AUGUST: NC State University School of Veterinary Medicine, RALEIGH, NC

Some of the surplus medical supplies REMEDY collects are too specialized for donation abroad or are difficult to ship or transport. Rather than discard these items, REMEDY has collaborated with the NC State Vet School to donate them for animal care and/or teaching of veterinary students.

JULY: Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health Education, Eldorat, KENYA

The mission of the Duke Medical School’s Hubert-Yeargan Center is to mentor students and health care professionals to become globally experienced, socially responsible, service-oriented citizens so that they may work towards reducing the burden of disease and health inequalities. To that end, the HYC has established a bidirectional exchange of medical students, residents and faculty between Duke and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldorat, Kenya. At this stage, the focus is to develop an inpatient cardiac unit, where medical supplies are needed to enhance cardiovascular care.

JUNE: Naama Health Collaboration, Mityana, UGANDA

As part of the Duke Global Health Institute Student Research Training Program, Duke undergrads Craig Moxley, Jenny Olson and Lisa Deng traveled to Naama, Uganda for two months as part of an ongoing project based out of the Naama Millennium Prep School, founded by Duke physician, Dr. Kigongo. The students are conducting health-based research, a community mapping project and a community health fair and bringing needed supplies to Mityana Hospital.   Here’s a link to their blog:http://dukeglobalhealth.wordpress.com/2012/05/24/preparing-for-naama/

MAY: Project HEAL (Health Education and Awareness in Latin America), El Porvenir and La Union, HONDURAS

Duke undergraduates volunteer annually with Project HEAL, which provides health information and resources to empower women and children in rural communities in the Atlantida region of Honduras. This year the group is focusing on providing nutrition information and teaching first aid skills in the communities of El Porvenir and La Union, Honduras. Students work closely with the local clinic, which is always in need of medical supplies.

APRIL: The Shalom Foundation/The Moore Pediatric Surgery Center, Guatemala City, GUATEMALA

Dr. Henry Rice, Megan Maloney, NP, from Duke and others traveled to Guatemala City to provide pediatric surgery for children living in extreme poverty and without access to specialty care.

APRIL: Crossroads Church of God, Lima, OH mission, Lolwe Island, UGANDA

Church members completed a month long mission on Lolwe Island off the coast of Uganda. Projects included the dedication of a secondary school, the development of a solar energy power system and the provision of medical care and supplies to local clinics.

APRIL: UNC/Duke Kenya Relief Project;Maasai Mara, KENYA

The UNC/Duke Kenya Relief Project brings together healthcare professionals from the Duke and UNC communities to provide care to an underserved population at the Mara West Clinic in Maasai Mara, Kenya.Ian Martin, MD and Natasha Powell, MD from the Duke Emergency Department participated from Duke. The doctors and nurses who attend this annual relief trip care for a wide range of pathology, including tropical diseases, minor trauma, and seasonal illnesses.Duke Emergency Department physicians in Kenya.

FEBRUARY: Carnaval trauma team, Les Cayes, HAITI

Ryan Dobberton, Duke Medical Student, traveled to Haiti to join a medical team providing trauma care during Carnaval celebrations.  This group– consisting of 2 US EMTS, 4RNs, 1 military medic, 1 medical student, 3 pickup trucks, and 1 mobile medical command center– mobilized, managed, and outfitted 35 Haitian men and woman who served as footpatrol medics throughout the event. They treated 10 patients on day one, 12 on day two, and 22 on day three.

FEBRUARY: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Durham, NC, Port au Prince, HAITI

St. Luke’s conducts regular mission work in Belize and Haiti, including public health initiatives and the provision of medical care in rural and urban communities.

FEBRUARY: Elon University, Periclean Scholars Program, GHANA

Elon University students work to improve access to healthcare and promote sustainable development in Ghana’s Volta Region through community partnerships, outreach and education.  The organization supports the Kpoeta Community Clinic.

JANUARY: Duke Herbert-Yeargan Center for Global Health, TANZANIA

Ayaba Worjoloh, Duke Ob/Gyn fellow, is training and providing obstetric care in Tanzania.

JANUARY: Duke Orthopedics and Neurosurgery, Kampala, UGANDA

Bill Richardson, MD, Matt Roman, PT, Teresa Clayton, Surgical Tech and others from Duke travelled to Mulago Public Hospital in Kampala, Uganda to provide training and medical services.  Duke Orthopedics travels annually to provide spine and orthopedic trauma surgery, resident education and efforts to enhance sustainability between trips.  Michael Haglund, MD from Duke Neurosurgery also coordinates annual trips to Mulago.

JANUARY: Haitian Artisans for Peace International Business and Community Development (HAPI), Mizak, HAITI

HAPI aids in establishing sustainable business that has strong and capable leadership,and solid ethical business practices in order to promote independent economic relief.  The organization provides a health clinic for acute medical situations in Mizak, a rural community in southeast Haiti that has no physicians or hospitals.  Crystal Sleight, cardiology technician in the Duke Cardiac Diagnostic Unit, served as a volunteer with this organization to bring medical supplies to this clinic.

JANUARY: Family Health Ministries, Durham, NC, HAITI

Family Health Ministries is a Durham, NC based non-profit founded by Duke physician David Walmer, MD and his wife Kathy Walmer, NP.  FHM accomplishes its mission and vision by supporting and empowering community leaders, building and supporting local facilities, hiring community residents as staff, collecting and analyzing community health data and  developing scalable best practice healthcare models.  FHM’s long term goal is to help low resource communities become self-sufficient.    FHM’s support focuses primarily on women’s health, children’s health, public health, and education in Haiti.

Kate Wiegert, Duke medical student travelled to Haiti to work with FHM’s Safe Motherhood Pogram.


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