2018 Mission Relief Services Activity Report

2018 – Mission Relief Services Activity Report\ “Give sacrificially as God your father has done”

        Mission Relief Services is always expanding our operations. In February 2016 we moved our warehouse operations a few miles west to the former Medical Ministry International (MMI) warehouse on Rte 372 in Parkesburg. This facility under the leadership of Matt Bonk is designed to produce and expedite our specialized cargoes of medical humanitarian aid to mission projects.  The results have been amazing:  in 2016, we shipped out a total of 19 40’ High Cube ocean containers, two 53’ trailers and an 18’ box truck.  Last year (2017) we shipped out a total of 17 containers and three 26’ box trucks.  These shipments went to many developing countries around the world, including:  Benin, Burkina-Faso, Cameroon, the Dominican Republic, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, Kenya, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Honduras, and Sierra Leone. 

        We are also grateful for all the hospitals, and our other product donors for their constant and growing participation in our outreach. The quality of materials that we ship continues to create a demand out in the field, as people and groups develop projects for their homelands.

        Every project and shipment has a story, so let’s start in January 2018:

January 24, 2018, container #IRNU 5511218, seal #0720057 Haiti.  Partners in Health is a large Boston-based charity with operations in Haiti and Rwanda. The Hospital Universitaire de Mirebalais is a 300-bed hospital that Partners in Heath built, and this modern facility resembles a hospital that one would see in this country. We received a large request for furnishings such as manual hospital beds, mattresses, mobile bassinets, glider-rocker chairs, examination tables, waiting room chairs and office furniture.

February 1 & 5, 2018, a van and a 26’ Box Truck, Dominican Republic.  These vehicles were loaded at the MRS Parkesburg PA warehouse with 6 stretchers, a maternity hospital bed, an oxygen concentrator, a surgical suction machine, 36 office and waiting room chairs, 20 IV poles and 11 pallets of assorted medical-surgical supplies and equipment.  These items were being consolidated by Ambiorix Gomez, the Gerente General (General Manager) of MEDISAN S.R.L. in Santiago, Republica Dominicana for further shipment to various hospitals in the Dominican Republic.

February 10, 2018, Mali, Africa.  Balla Sissoko, an expatriate of Mali living in Plainfield NJ, coordinated this 26’ box truck shipment which will be consolidated with other donations for further shipment to Mali.  This truckload consisted of 13 pieces of assorted physical training equipment, office furniture, wheelchairs, walkers, surgical/examination gloves and some 3 pallets-worth of assorted linens and medical-surgical supplies.

March 24, 2018, Pakistan.  Sonny Afrees, an expatriate of Pakistan coordinated this 24’ box truck shipment which will be consolidated with other donations for further shipment to Pakistan.  This truckload consisted of 4 pallets of examination gloves, 2 stretchers and a dental chair.

April 2, 2018, Honduras.  An assortment of medical-surgical equipment including utility carts, mobile workstations, examination gloves, patient gowns/pants, and particulate respirator masks were provided by Mission Relief Services to Serving at the Crossroads.  These items were combined by Dr. Bob Sumner (President of the organization) with other items to fill a 20’ ocean container, which is being shipped to the Central American country of Honduras.

April 14, 2018, Dominican Republic.  Mission Relief Services was pleased to load a 16’ box truck with several stretchers, exam tables, bedside cabinets and overbed tables, 12 cases of disposable isolation gowns and 20 boxes of assorted medical-surgical supplies.  These items were requested by Diogenes Molina of New York for ultimate shipment to his compatriots in the Dominican Republic.

April 16, 2018, Kenya.  Eight hospital beds, waiting room furniture, waste receptacles and a manual wheelchair filled this 18’ box truck shipment for Child Aid Africa, Inc.  The items were destined for the East African country of Kenya.

April 23, 2018, container #GESU 6456034, seal #0720062, Ghana.  Dr. Prince Ofosu-Mensah of Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc., coordinated this 40’ high cube container for his compatriots in the Central Region of Ghana.  Microscopes, office and waiting room furniture, laboratory equipment, hospital beds and mattresses, a panoramic dental X-ray machine, and a plethora of smaller medical and surgical equipment and supplies filled up all the void spaces in the container.

June 16, 2018, container #EMHU 644208, seal #0720063, Mexico.  Angel Barrio coordinated this 53’ high cube container for his associates in Mexico.  Two anesthesia machines, four stretchers, an infant transport incubator, six patient lifts, a pediatric crib, a hydrotherapy tub and a plethora of valuable examination gloves, isolation gowns, surgical instruments and medical-surgical supplies/equipment were packed inside this extra-long shipping container.

June 26, 2018, container #CMAU 7099456 45G1, seal #0720064, Cotonou, Benin.  Anthony Adjasse, the President of the Allied African Nations Chamber of Commerce, coordinated this 40’ high cube container for his associates in the West African country of Benin.  The contents of this container included 12 hospital beds, a large assortment of office and waiting room furniture, 8 sleeper chairs, an infant transport incubator, a tilting blood donor chair, miscellaneous surgical equipment/instruments, 5 examination tables/chairs and a host of medical-surgical supplies.

July 5, 2018, container #CMAU 7619938 45G1, seal #0720065, Haiti.  Partners in Health of Boston, Massachusetts, contracted with Mission Relief Services to ship another 40’ HC container to its affiliates in the Caribbean nation of Haiti.  Included in this shipment were some 72 foam hospital bed mattresses, 9 examination tables, 5 metal vertical storage cabinets, 6 infant bassinets, 11 overbed tables, 7 patient scales and a variety of cloth patient gowns and hospital linen.

July 7, 2018, Dominican Republic.  Mission Relief Services was once again able to provide urgently-needed medical-surgical supplies and equipment to Diogenes Molina of New York for further shipment to his associates in the Dominican Republic.  We loaded a 16’ box truck with 40+ stackable waiting room chairs, 4 hospital stretchers, 3 electric scooters, 8 wheelchairs, 6 overbed tables and 9 IV poles, as well as four pallets’ worth of assorted supplies.

July 20, 2018, container #CAIU 8637297, seal #0720066, Mali.  Joseph Sackor of Philadelphia PA coordinated this container load for his associates in the West African country of Mali.  The valuable contents included 9 hospital beds, 4 stretchers, 60+ hospital bed mattresses, 4 electric wheelchairs/scooters, 30+ metal/oak dining room chairs, 36 walkers, 9 overbed tables and a host of other medical-surgical supplies/accessories.

July 20, 2018, Middle East.  Mission Relief Services transferred to Rim Bakir and Aloush Yemen of the Narenj Tree Foundation of Norristown PA 11 pallets of assorted medical-surgical kits, 12 IV poles and 10 wheelchairs – all of which were to be consolidated into larger container loads of humanitarian assistance materials for various displaced communities in several Middle Eastern countries.

August 15, 2018, Honduras.  Dr. Bob Sumner – President of Serving at the Crossroads – requested some medical-surgical equipment and supplies from Mission Relief Services to help fill an ocean container he was assembling for shipment to the Central American country of Honduras.  MRS responded by transporting a valuable assortment of items to Dr. Sumner’s facility in Media, Pennsylvania.  Included were 6 mobile recliners, 1 eye stretcher chair, 4 Hill-Rom TranStar stretchers, 15 tables, 74 waiting room chairs 39 assorted uninterrupted power source (UPS) units.

August 23, 2018, Ghana.  Ms. Akosua Opoku – an ex-patriate of Ghana – coordinated this container shipment to her compatriots in that West African country.  Included in this shipment were 16 hospital beds, 70+ hospital bed mattresses, four Midmark 100 examination tables, three dozen rolling office chairs, and a plethora of other medical-surgical accessories and supplies.

August 27, 2018, container# CMAU 7631907, seal# 0720068, Sierra Leone, Africa. The Healey International Relief Foundation of Lumberton, NJ is very active in Freetown Sierra Leone where they have developed community medicine projects, and supported the rebuilding of the Seruba Hospital complex. We developed this container to match their needs list of hospital. Electric wheelchairs, a stretcher, office and dining room furniture, linens and medical-surgical supplies were shipped in the container. Local priests and nuns help manage the project in Freetown, and the recipients are receiving the finest in care.  This is the fourth project that we shipped for the Healey International Relief Foundation of New Jersey.

October 22, 2018, Dominican Republic.  Another truckload of urgently-needed medical-surgical supplies and equipment was provided to Diogenes Molina of New York for further shipment to his associates in the Dominican Republic.  A 26’ box truck was loaded with two examination chairs, a podiatry chair, 2 cooler-heaters, a tabletop grinder, a hysteroscopy pump, an injector system, and a mobile digital infant scale.  The load was rounded out with a pallet each of used eyeglasses, powder-free examination gloves, surgical masks, tuberculin syringes and assorted medical-surgical supplies.

October 26, 2018, Middle East.  Mission Relief Services transferred to Rim Bakir and Aloush Yemen of the Narenj Tree Foundation of Norristown PA 9 pallets of assorted medical-surgical supplies, 11 mobile recliner chairs, a patient sleeper chair and a large assortment of recycled suitcases.  These items will be consolidated into larger container loads of humanitarian assistance materials for various displaced communities in several Middle Eastern countries.

November 8 & 27, 2018, Dominican Republic.  Once again, Mission Relief Services was able to provide urgently-needed medical-surgical supplies and equipment to Diogenes Molina of New York for further shipment to his associates in the Dominican Republic.  We loaded two 16’ box trucks with 5 hospital beds, 7 stretchers, 5 examination tables, 5 dental chairs/stands, 5 dental stools, 5 IV poles, 55 overbed tables, two electric wheelchair/scooters, 22 potty chairs, 6 shower chairs, two benchtop centrifuges and five pallets’ worth of assorted medical-surgical supplies.