February and April: Ukraine
Since 2014, REMEDY at Duke has collaborated with Ukrainians in the Carolinas, a non-profit based in Raleigh, NC that has provided medical assistance to soldiers and other victims of the ongoing conflict with Russia in eastern Ukraine through the program Revived Soldiers Ukraine ( https://www.rsukraine.org ) When the Russian invasion accelerated in February 2022, the need for medical support for both soldiers and civilians increased dramatically.
REMEDY has so far coordinated two donations of medical/surgical supplies totaling approximately 60 cartons, including PPE, respiratory, urinary, IV, wound care supplies, toiletries and personal care items.
Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe. Following its independence from the Soviet Union, the North Carolina Department of State established a diplomatic partnership with the government of Moldova to foster economic, social and educational exchange and provide financial and material support to its institutions https://www.sosnc.gov/divisions/moldova_partnership . Since 2010, REMEDY at Duke has participated in this partnership by donating medical supplies, shipped with the cooperation of the NC Guard. This recent donation amounted to 10 pallets of PPE and other items. Although it is difficult to assess the value of surplus items, the estimated cost of these supplies if purchased new would have been approximately $50,000.
August: Honduras and Guatemala
Two groups of Duke School of Nursing students and faculty traveled to sites in Guatemala and Honduras as part of clinical immersion brigades providing primary care and basic health services to local communities. REMEDY provided a variety of medical supplies to fill 4 large duffle bags for these trips.
October: Duke teaching labs
Frequently we receive surplus items that are not suitable for donation to global health projects either because they are technologically inappropriate or past expiration dates. However, many of these items can be repurposed for demonstration or practice in our student teaching labs. This month we donated 3 boxes of misc. supplies to the Duke School of Medicine and School of Nursing for this purpose.
November: local veterinary practices
We had 6 large cartons of in-date Vacutainer phlebotomy supplies (needles and sleeves) slated for disposal from discontinued Duke clinical research trials and we were able to repurpose these to a local veterinary hospital in Durham.
An additional donation of 20 boxes of medical supplies (including bandage and dressing supplies, syringes, IV supplies, surgical instruments, and crutches, wheelchairs) was made to Ukrainians of the Carolinas for delivery to war impacted areas of Ukraine.
TOTAL VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR 2022: 117