Monthly Archives: September 2014

Villanova Nursing Students Pack Supplies for Ebola Outbreak Countries

VIDEO: Villanova students pack supplies for Ebola outbreak countries

Several dozen Villanova University nursing students spent the day putting together supplies to send to those fighting the Ebola outbreak.

 WPVI
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Several dozen Villanova University nursing students spent the day putting together supplies to send to those on the front lines fighting the Ebola outbreak.

About 70 students worked Saturday filling containers with medical supplies to go to countries in need.

Sister Jaclyn Mayak has been on the receiving end in her native country of Kenya.

“Sometimes when we receive the containers in my country we have no idea how much people sacrifice to do all the work,” said Mayak.

Coatesville’s Mission Relief headquarters has been working overtime since the Ebola outbreak.

Dr. Boubacar Bah sees the impact in Guinea.

“We have hospitals where patients are on the floors, no beds, equipment is missing but needed,” said Dr. Bah.

The amount of supplies varies, they could be as small as tools to draw blood and masks or even big items like mattresses and beds for hospitals in need.

“We collect from a wide area and build 40 foot containers for Africa. Of course with Ebola, it’s really ignited our business,” said Jim Harrison, Mission Relief.

Harrison founded Mission Relief. He gathers supplies from local hospitals and with help from organizations like Villanova nursing he packs the containers.

He also relies on donations for the $5,000 shipping cost.

“Funding for shipping dollars is the biggest hurdle, this is the easy – part collecting and getting things together,” said Harrison.

“In a hospital set up, it depends how many beds they have but it could be a set up for two or three months,” said Mayak.

Receiving one container is an enormous help and packing one is a lesson for these nursing students about how much of an impact they can have beyond Villanova.

“We have a much more global perspective in what we teach now. It’s not just about what’s going on in the United States because the U.S. is now a part of the world culture. We’re a part of everyone and we teach that in the classroom,” said Kathy Gray-Siracusa, Assistant Professor of Villanova’s College of Nursing.

For more on how you can donate or support visit http://www.missionrelief.com/index.htm

Container for Guinea, Africa sponsored by the Pottal FII Bhantal Foundation

Container #PONU 818443 0, seal#A120571.

This container for Guinea, Africa was sponsored by a New York Foundation based in the Bronx. The Pottal FII Bhantal Foundation of the Bronx realized success for their earlier shipment to Guinea, so it was time to ship again and the De Dalaba hospital and region was the recipient. This container also spawned the next shipment to Guinea, and a group from Ohio and Atlanta visited to establish a relationship and to prepare a load for Guinea and their West African projects.

2 containers for Cochabamba Bolivia, developed by Dr. Raul Guiterrez of Bolivia and his brother Boris of Washington DC.

Containers # GESU 434941 7, Seal#346752, and TCLU 644426 9, seal#13685867.

These two containers were shipped to Cochabamba Bolivia, and were developed by Dr. Raul Guiterrez of Bolivia and his brother Boris of Washington DC. After a slow August, it was great to ship out these two highly technical containers that included 4 x-ray systems, 5 Anesthesia machines, ultra-sounds, a C-arm X-ray system, stretchers, beds, mattresses, wheelchairs, and many other valuable equipment items for the hospital in Cochabamba. Unfortunately Chilean customs played some havoc on Dr. Raul’s project, but all has arrived and Raul spent months working on this project for his well equipped South American hospital.

bolivia%20map