2022 Donations

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.

May: Moldova

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.

November: Ukraine

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.

2021 Donations

November: Sierra Leone

Requests for supplies continued to be limited for most of 2021 due to the cancellation of many global health projects during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, in November 2021 we were able to donate 126 boxes of medical/surgical supplies and 18 pieces of durable medical equipment to Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

This donation was organized by Edna Taylor, a cardiology nurse at Duke and member of Krio Descendants Union (KDU) of North Carolina, a non-profit group whose mission is “to provide a forum for cultural expression, a conduit for channeling Krio concerns and participation in the general affairs of Sierra Leoneans at home and in the diaspora.”


2020 Donations

March: Madagascar

James Herrera, researcher with SAVA Conservation and the Duke Lemur Center, delivered medical supplies to clinics in Sambava, Madascar.  SAVA supports education, health and sustainable practices among the local communities to protect the forests and biodiversity in this region, including Marojejy National Park.

March: Liberia

Fourteen pallets of medical supplies were shipped to hospitals in Liberia with the help of Amanda Thomas, RN, nurse manager at Duke Primary Care and The Liberian Community Organization of the Triangle, in Raleigh, NC

March: Ukraine

A truckload of supplies were donated to the Ukranian Association of North Carolina for delivery to war-stressed hospitals in the Ukraine.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of  most travel from Spring 2020- Spring 2021, no further donations were made overseas during this time. However, REMEDY was able to donate toiletries and other personal care items to the Durham Rescue Mission in December 2020.

2019 Donations

June: Kenya

Donald Ellis, MD worked with Beacon of Hope, an NGO based in Kenya that provides free medical and dental care to underserved communities.

July-August: Kenya

Duke School of Nursing students partnered with Curamericas Global to observe and assist with maternal and child care in Kisli, Kenya.

October: Haiti

Shelia Rittgers, Pediatric Clinical Social Worker at Duke organized supplies for a birthing center in Haiti.

November: East Africa

Nateefa Wade, pediatric RN at UNC partnered with Compassion for Africa and her local church to deliver supplies to an orphanage in Uganda and a birthing center in Kenya.

December: Kenya

Barbara Hotelling, RN and clinical nurse educator at Duke School of Nursing assembled home birthing kits and other medical supplies for a nursing student project in Kenya.

2018 Donations


Duke University School of Nursing, student trip


Duke University School of Nursing, student trip


Henoch Asoye, Duke student and Kenan Summer Fellow.  Henoch is the founder of Oasis Medical Relief, a non-profit whose goal is to distribute medical supplies to different hospitals in Ethiopia to help promote the medical conditions of struggling neighborhoods throughout the country.


Duke undergraduates Diana Zabal, Tiff Jiang, Yannet Daniel and Niisoja Torto participated in the Duke Global Health Institute’s Student Research Training Program.  DGHI SRT aims to train undergraduate students in research methods and problem-solving relating to global health. This group focused on cardio-vascular health, improving water quality, preventing helminth infection and collecting information on trends in maternal health.  Surplus medical supplies were donated for a community health fair.



Brianna Lareau, EMT from Cary who returned to the Philippines to continue her work assisting with providing medical care to underserved populations.


Preeti Manavalan, MD and Julian Hertz, MD, Duke University Medical center/Duke Global Health Institute. Research in Moshi, Tanzania.


Amanda Thomas, Duke RN


Folu Moses (retired Duke employee).  Shipping container to Nigeria via Africa Missions North America, which is a faith based non-profit organized to address the plight of the less privileged in Africa.


Elonora Sinigur, NC State Department/Moldova World Children’s Fund/U.S. Embassy in Chisinau. Medical supplies to hospitals, orphanage and hospices across Moldova, which is a “sister state” of North Carolina.


REMEDY periodically donates expired medical supplies to our teaching labs at Duke to train students and residents in various medical procedures.

October: LIBERIA

Amanda Thomas, Duke RN

October: HAITI

Michael Holland, Duke NP.   STAND (Sustainable Therapy and New Development), The Haiti Project.

Providing medical care to victims of earthquake in Port-De-Paix, Haiti.




2017 Donations

April 2017: HAITI

Shelia Rittgers, Duke Pediatric Social Worker

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Durham, NC; outreach in Haiti.

April 2017: HONDURAS

Duke School of Nursing, interdisciplinary course travels to Honduras every year for a cultural immersion experience and medical outreashe providing primary care and health education to rural communities.

April 2017: Huehuetenango, GUATEMALA

Duke School of Nursing, Nursing Without Borders global health interest group partnered with Curamericas Global to provide sustainable health care in medically underserved communities.

April 2017: Ntagacha, TANZANIA

Duke School of Nursing medical mission trip to Teamwork City of Hope orphanage and clinic in Ntagacha, Tanzania.

April 2017: Huehuetenango, GUATEMALA

Curamericas Global, contact: Marianne Drexler


June 2017: Kibera, Nairobi, KENYA

Chapel Hill Bible Church partnered with Beacon of Hope, an organization providing a variety of services to better the lives of residents in the Kware slum outside of Nairobi, Kenya.  This project provided clinical services and rapid impact medical packs to slum residents.

June 2017: Naama, UGANDA

Duke undergraduate students Ahling Zhang, Catherine Yang, Jim Liu and John Bollinger participated in Duke Global Health Institute Student Research Training in a village 2 hours southwest of Kampala.  Their study focused on studying and improving water quality, gathering data on maternal health trends and researching cardiovascular statistics.  They also organized a health fair near their study site at the end of their project.


Brianna Lareau, an EMT from Durham, NC is working with Mercy House of the Philippines to establish a medical clinic at a safe house for street boys.


July 2017:  La Romana, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Heather Ebron is an RN at Duke who volunteered with Team Tampa Bay Missions whose goal is to promote medical care and education to underserved communities around the world.


July 2017: NEPAL

Bijan Abar is a Duke medical student who volunteered with International Medical Relief to provide mobile medical clinics and sustainable health education in Nepal.


July 2017: Kapsabet, KENYA and Suam, UGANDA

Melissa Smith is a Duke RN who volunteered with Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, NC to provide medical clinics in rural Nandi Hills region of western Kenya and eastern Uganda.

August 2017: TANZANIA

Duke School of Nursing project at Kilema Hospital, Catholic Diocese of Moshi, Tanzania.

August 2017: PHILIPPINES

Rusty Aujero is a retired nurse in Durham, NC who helped organized this an annual medical mission to provide free medical surgical eye and dental services to underserved populations in different regions of the Philippines.  This will be the 24th annual mission, conducted under the auspices of the Philippine American Association of NC-Carolina Medical Mission.


August 2017: UKRAINE

Another donation coordinated by Olena Kozlova-Pates and the Ukrainian Association of NC to benefit orphaned, widowed, displaced and wounded in Eastern Ukraine and Crimea.

2016 Donations

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January: Tombe Gateau, HAITI Family Health Ministries http://familyhealthministries.org/   for new birthing center March: Guatemala City, GUATEMALA Megan Nute, CRNA and Henry Rice, MD from Duke University Medical Center pediatric surgery The Shalom Foundation/The Moore Pediatric Surgery Center http://www.the shalomfoundation.org March: Huehuetenango, GUATEMALA Duke University School of Nursing students and Barbara Muffoletto/Curamericas Global www.curamericas.org March: SIERRA LEONE Duke School of […]

2015 Donations

January: Liberia

Duke materials resource technician Amos Kai,  coordinated shipments of supplies to clinics and hospitals in Liberia to assist with the Ebola outbreak

February: Dominican Republic

Colin Penrose, Duke medical student

February:  Haiti

Shelia Rittgers, Duke Pediatric Social Worker

St. Stephens Methodist Church, Durham outreach in Haiti.


February: Guatemala

Luke Rhyee, MD, Clinica Medica Bethesda, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala


February: Tanzania

Simone Pitre, Duke undergraduate ’16

Duke Global Health Institute’s SRT Tanzania Program


April:  Nicaragua

Barbara Neto, Duke nursing student, clinical rotation, Mangua and Nawawasito, Nicaragua


April:  Barbados

Megan Limbert, Duke nursing student clinical rotation in community health, Christ Church, Barbados

April: Uganda

Kristin Schroeder, MD, Duke Global Health Institute; malaria research in Uganda

April:  Cuba

Jeni Hauver, Duke RN; volunteer health work in Havana

May:  Guatemala

Four undergraduate Duke students volunteered with Primeros Pasos in Xela, Guatemala from March 7-14.   They went as part of the Benjamin N. Duke Scholarship Program through the Office of Undergraduate Scholars and Fellows.  Primeros Pasos improves the quality of life of rural communities in Guatemala through integrated health education programs and access to medical services.

Primeros Pasos Guatemala Spring 2015


June:  Nigeria

Temini Ajayi; Faith Rialem

July:  Haiti

Family Health Ministries


July:   Kenya

Don Ellis, Duke MD; Africa Rising, Ogata Rongai, Bissil, Sultan Hamud, Kenya


July:   Peru

Nathan Schenkman, medical student; volunteering at Santa Clotilde Mission, Peru


July:  Mexico

Joe Reardon, Duke MD; Proyecto Puentes de Salud, Guanajuato, Mexico


July:  Tanzania

Dorothy Dow; Matthew Rubach; Kilamnjaro Christian Medical Center -Duke Global Health Institute collaboration in Moshi, Tanzania


August:  Ukraine

Olena Kozlova-Pates; medical relief for hospitals and clinics in central and eastern Ukraine affected by war


September:  Durham, NC

Ishaq Winters, Duke medical student; Duke Refugee Health Initiative


October: (misc)

Project CURE  https://projectcure.org/

November:  Nicaragua

Irene Felsman, RN Duke School of Nursing

November:  Haiti

Family Health Ministries  http://familyhealthministries.org/

November:  Honduras

Duke Medical Brigades http://dps.dukegroups.duke.edu/duke-global-brigades/

November: Ghana

David Goodman, MD, MPH is a Duke OB/GYN Global Health Fellow working in Ghana through the
Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health.

2014 Donations

FEBRUARY: Fremont Clinic, NC

The Fremont Rural Health Clinic is a free health clinic held once a month in Fremont, NC, a town of approximately 1500 about 1.5 hours from Durham.  It offers basic health services, including vaccinations, chronic condition management, acute care visits, and referrals to other medical centers.  The clinic is funded by the town of Fremont and managed by the Fremont Rural Health Coalition, and Duke provides the necessary supplies as well as medical students to provide the care under the supervision of Dr. Jeffery Margolis (board certified in Internal Medicine).

FEBRUARY: Gbason town, Liberia

Amos Kai is a Duke Materials Resources Technician who is originally from Gbason town in Sinoe County, Liberia.  With Amos’ help we donated 9 cases of exam gloves for use in the clinic in his hometown.



Shelia Rittgers, Duke social worker coordinated another donation from REMEDY to Haiti as part of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s ongoing health care work in Haiti.

APRIL: Lambarene, Gabon

Nicole Helmke is a Duke medical student who brought REMEDY supplies to the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Lambarene, Gabon.  The hospital was founded in 1913 by Dr. Albert Schweitzer and includes two operating rooms, a dental clinic and inpatient wards for pediatric, adult medicine, surgical and obstetrical patients.  Funding is provided by the Schweitzer Foundation and the Gabonese government.

APRIL: Quetzaltenago, Guatemala

Rev. Luke Rhyee, is a physician and 2009 graduate of the Duke Divinity School.  He established a non-profit, Healing Guatemala, which serves Mayan indigenous people in Quetzaltenago (locally called Xela), Guatemala. This year, Healing Guatemala will have its first clinic in Xela.  Initially the clinic will cover general diseases, but eventually the goal  is for it to be a center specializing in the treatment of gynecological and pediatric cancers. Also this clinic will act as a headquarters for future clinics that will be located in mountain areas.

APRIL:  El Pital, Honduras

Duke undergraduate students spent their spring break with Project HEAL, which is a health education and awareness organization that has worked in Honduras for the last 5 years.  Students volunteer alongside health professionals to provide health education in schools and clinics in the local community.  This year, Project HEAL worked closely with the NGO Un Mundo in the health center in El Pital and nearby communities Rio Viego and Yaruca.  The student run group coordinates this annual trip with Project HEAL.

APRIL: Honduras

The Duke chapter of Global Medical Brigades spent their spring break volunteering with medical professionals providing week long medical clinics in rural Honduras.

MAY: La Ceiba, Honduras

Donald Ellis is a pediatric emergency room physician at Duke who traveled to La Ceiba , Honduras to work with the medical arm of Mission to the World (MTW).  MTW is a Presbyterian organization which provides practical training for medical professionals in how to participate in and lead international relief projects.  Dr. Ellis brought supplies to a rural and urban clinics where he completed this training.

MAY: La Paz, Bolivia

Kevin Broyles is currently the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Duke Primary Care and Senior Medical Director for Duke Urgent Care Services. He is also an Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine within the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Broyles has been working with HOPEworldwide/Hospital Arco Iris Foundation in La Paz for the past 2 years.  HAI operates a hospital in La Paz that provides free medical care for the poor and underserved.  Here is a video about the hospital and its programs:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbsaYwaWqQk&feature=youtu   REMEDY donated 4 pallets (approximately 70 boxes) of supplies to support their services.

JULY: Cebu, Philippines

The Carolina Medical Mission  http://www.carolinamedicalmission.com/ is a humanitarian/medical arm of the Phil-American Association of North Carolina (PAANC). Members of this group, organized by Maria Imelda Ramos-Garcia at Duke Raleigh Hospital, travelled to Cebu, Philippines with a container of medical supplies to provide assistance in the wake of typhoon Haiyan.


REMEDY donated 25 pallets of surplus medical supplies to Liberia to aid with the Ebola outbreak. Amanda Thomas, RN at Duke Regional and Amos Kai from Duke Materials Services organized the Liberia shipments.  Personal protective wear (gloves, gowns, masks) and antiseptics are in critical shortage in these countries, who had limited health care resources even prior to the epidemic.



NOVEMBER: Guatemala City, Guatemala

Dr. Henry Rice, Megan Nute, NP and other Duke medical staff travelled again this year to Guatemala under the auspices of the Shalom Foundation/Moore Pediatric Surgery Center to perform pediatric surgery and provide other medical care to families living in extreme poverty in Guatemala City.  REMEDY supplied them with about a dozen boxes of medical and surgical supplies to support their work.

DECEMBER: Nicaragua

The Duke chapter of Global Medical Brigades are traveling to Nicaragua for their annual winter trip.  Global Medical Brigades https://www.globalbrigades.org develops sustainable health initiatives and provides relief where there is limited access to healthcare. The focus of Duke’s chapter is in Central America where student volunteers and health professionals travel to establish mobile medical clinics in under resourced communities.  REMEDY at Duke supports this effort with the donation of needed supplies.



2013 Donations

September:  Durham, NC, USA

Nursing Students Without Borders is a global health interest group at the Duke University School of Nursing. They are running a campaign to put together ~200 first aid kits for Burmese refugees that live in Durham.  With the help of 5 nursing student volunteers, REMEDY contributed tape, bandage and other dressing supplies and gloves for this project.

August:  Guatemala City, GUATEMALA

For the second year, Henry Rice, MD and Megan Maloney, NP from Duke led a group of Duke health care providers to perform pediatric surgeries and other medical care to children in Guatemala, under the auspices of The Shalom Foundation.  The Foundation is a faith-based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial support and physical assistance to under-privileged children and their families.

August: Camiri, BOLIVIA

Victoria Rendell, a third year Duke medical student, brought needed obstetric supplies to Hospital Municipal de Camiri for use in the diagnosis of congenital Chagas disease transmission.  This allows for the early recognition and treatment of infected children who would otherwise not be identified with this disorder.

August:  Ntagacha, TANZANIA

The Office of Global and Community Health Initiatives (OGACHI) at the Duke School of Nursing is working with Team Ministries International/Teamwork City of Hope (TCOH), a faith-based NGO working in remote areas of rural Tanzania.  Among other projects, TCOH operates a rural health center in Ntagacha.  Dorothy Powell, director of Duke OGACHI, coordinated the shipment of needed medical supplies to this clinic.

August:  VIETNAM

Jeni Hauver is a Duke nurse who traveled to Vietnam with the Global Community Service Foundation.  The Foundation supports communities in Southeast Asia to empower themselves through sustainable healthcare, education and income generation programs.  The purpose of Jeni’s trip was to teach skills health care skills to workers at an orphanage that has 78 children with or affected by AIDS.


Folu Moses is an accountant in Duke Hospital Materials Services who volunteers as a local coordinator for African Missions- North America (AMNA). AMNA works to rebuild the lives of widows, orphans and others afflicted by in a variety of diseases in areas in Africa.  REMEDY worked with Folu to coordinate a large shipment of medical supplies to support a series of free clinics being established in underserved areas of Nigeria.

May:  Mityana, UGANDA

Four Duke undergraduates spent 2 months in Mityana, Uganda as part of the Duke Global Health Institute’s Student Research Training Program.  This is an intensive experiential learning program that engages second and third year undergraduate students in the development, implementation and assessment of a community-based project. Students have the opportunity to work on issues ranging from infant mortality to health care mapping to access to care for migrant populations and HIV/AIDS and substance abuse issues. The four students worked with their faculty director, Dr. Christopher Kigongo, a Ugandan physician and Duke researcher, and a community partner to employ the skills learned in the classroom.

As part of their community involvement, the group brought needed supplies to the local hospital in Mityana.

May:  Huehuetenango, GUATEMALA

Roxana Martinez is a Duke student who brought supplies to support her research at the Duke Global Health Institute’s Guatemala Global Health Student Training Site in Jacaltenango and Concepcion Huista, Huehuetenango, Guatemala.  Her research focused on traditional herbal therapies and their impact on morbidity and mortality in the Western Highlands of Guatemala.

The Mayan indigenous population in Guatemala has faced an array of health disparities stemming in part from a 36-year long civil war as well as rural isolation, cultural and linguistic divergences, few educational opportunities, and little access to modern health care.  This population is dependent on herbal medicines, but knowledge of herbal therapies varies greatly throughout these communities.  Under the supervision of the GHI’s partner program, CODECH, students interviewed health promoters, lay people, midwives, herbalists and other traditional healers to identify commonly used herbs and beliefs regarding their usage.

May:  Guanajuato, MEXICO

Proyecto Puentes de Salud is a student-driven health organization which serves the Hispanic/Latino population of North Carolina.  The goal of Proyecto Puentes de Salud is to ameliorate health care inequalities by providing needed health care services to Latino communities in both NC and in Mexico, and also to conduct meaningful research that will inform effective intervention programs in the future.

Gisselle Mani is a UNC student who helped deliver needed health care supplies to San Miguel de Allende and Juventino Rosas in Guanajuato.

May:  El Porvenir, HONDURAS

Each year several Duke undergraduates volunteer with Project HEAL,  a health education and awareness organization that has worked in Honduras for the last 5 years.  By teaching in kindergartens, schools and clinics in the community, they aim to develop a sustainable project with a goal of empowering the local population to take charge of their own health.  The group brings health care supplies to support various health education project.

April:  Nairobi, KENYA

Africa Rising is a public charity whose mission is to build relationships with effective grassroots African organizations.  Africa Rising 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 was founded in 2002 primarily to serve those infected with and affected by HIV.  However, due to the stigma associated with HIV they enlarged their scope to include all members of the community, regardless of their HIV status.  Now they serve approximately 40,000 patients each year, both in the health center and in designated medical fairs to outlying areas.

Donald Ellis is a Duke pediatrician who joined a team of other medical professionals from the US and Kenya to bring supplies and to work in the clinic over a period of two weeks in July.

April:  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.

March:  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!

John and his 21 pallets 3-16-13

Marianne and Tessa unload last MW box 3-16-13

We filled it 3-18-13

March:  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.