April, 2013 – Manila, PHILIPPINES
Dr. Andrew Lodge is a Duke pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon who is volunteering with a group to perform open heart surgery on underpriveleged children at the Philippines Children’s Medical Center. This is the first of what is anticipated to be an annual mission to repair congenital heart defects in children and to educate the local medial team.
April, 2013 – Nairobi, KENYA
Dr. Donald Ellis is a Duke pediatric emergency room physician who will be volunteering with Africa Rising, a public charity which promotes grassroots community projects throughout Africa. It has partnered with a Kenyan NGO, Beacon of Hope, to assist in its efforts to maintain a comprehensive health center in an at-risk area in the slums near Nairobi. The clinic serves approximately 40,000 patients each year, including a large number of people infected with and affected by HIV.
March, 2013 – Project C.U.R.E.
Although REMEDY at Duke tries to support as many Duke-affiliated and local area global health projects as we can, we currently collect more surplus medical supplies than we can donate locally. Since we are an unfunded, all-volunteer program, we have no ability to ship supplies and so have relied entirely on individuals and groups to pick up and transport from Durham.
In an effort to get these supplies to where they are needed, REMEDY at Duke will now also be partnering with Project C.U.R.E., a non-profit based in Colorado that does surplus medical supply collections and overseas donations on a large scale. They have a well-developed collections and shipping network throughout the country, and have have a system for ensuring that the supplies are suitable for and sustainable in the recipient sites they work with. For more information about Project C.U.R.E. and where they are working, go to their website at: http://www.projectcure.org/
On March 18, REMEDY at Duke donated a Wal-Mart tractor trailer load of supplies, to Project C.U.R.E. We partnered with UNC MEDWorld with this shipment to send a total of 24 shipping pallets of supplies consisting of 879 cartons (720 from Duke) The estimated wholesale value of these items was over $600,000!
March, 2013 – Machame, TANZANIA
Many Duke medical and and physician assistant students elect to do clinical rotations abroad in medically underserved areas. REMEDY at Duke supports many of these students with medical supplies for their clinical sites.
Cameron Collins is a 2nd-year Duke PA student who spent a month in Machame, Tanzania at the Machame Luthern Hospital, which is funded largely through non-profit organizations.