Feedback from the Frontlines: Zambia

1/31/06: “I write to acknowledge the receipt of the container of hospital supplies donated for use at our hospital. The contents of the container were found to be valuable and will go along way in alleviating the problem of scarce hospital supplies we are faced with. Thank you very much for the donation and may God bless you.”  Yours sincerely,
Mukuma Kalambo, Executive Director
Macha Mission Hospital, Choma, Zambia

Mission Relief Ships Container to Jamaica

1/27/2006: Container #CSVU 402190-9. This container was shipped to the National Children’s Home, and The Child Development Agency in Kingston, Jamaica West Indies. Epworth United Methodist Church of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware developed the contacts and sponsored the shipment. A variety of beds, mattresses, furniture, medical and institutional items were sent to this children’s home in Jamaica. $2,138.00

Mission Relief Ships Container to Guatemala

1/19/2006: Container #CBFU 344807 7. This container was shipped out of the former Alpine Village Nursing Home in Hershey, PA to Guatemala, CA. Mission Relief Services developed the shipment for the Pan American Development Foundation, and HELPS International of Dallas, TX. The furnishings equipped a hospital unit, and teams from Texas often travel there to perform surgery etc. $ 2,500.00

Honduras Medical Mission Trip

Mission Relief Services would like to invite those who have contributed to the success of our mission to join us in a trip to Honduras C.A.

We will be visiting clinics that have received material aid from the generosity of donors to Mission Relief Services. This will be a one week trip from March 10, 2006 to March 17, 2006.

The cost of the trip is $650 for double occupancy and $850 for single occupancy. This does not include airfare which can run between $675-$725.

We stay in comfortable air-conditioned accommodations. Everyday will travel between 45 minutes or more to our mission destination.

We will be greeted by between 150 to 200 people, some who have walked hours for the only medical care they may receive all year. This is a great way to share some of the blessings that have been bestowed upon us.

For more information on this trip goto www.missiontrav.com or

Contact: Steve Mentzer
Phone: 717-203-4942 or 717-299-4942
eMail: ssmentzer@aol.com

Impact Story Central Hospital of Comrat Raion

CHAP/Moldova

Mission Relief Services in Collboration with Counterpart International

Central Hospital of Comrat Raion was founded in 1868.  The surgery and tuberculosis departments are still located in a facility built in the XIXth century.  The surgery department was built in the form of letter E.  According to the guards’ sayings, it was done in the name of the Empress Ekaterina II.  The hospital is designed for 253 beds and includes such departments as surgery, traumatology, physiotherapy, isolation, birth, gynecology and others.  Totally, the hospital enrolls 75000 people from Comrat Raion and a part of Gagauzia.  Among the achievements of the hospital it’s worth mentioning the introduction of laparoscopic methods of surgery.  In 2002, applying this method the hospital performed 50 operations without any complications.

 One of the difficulties faced by the hospital is a poor material base caused by the lack of means.  Extremely few funds are allocated for maintenance.  Out of 20 mln. lei, necessary for normal functioning of the hospital, only 7 mln. were allocated.  There is no furniture, necessary equipment, and food products.  The situation with salaries is also very difficult.  “Today it’s January 30, but we haven’t seen the salary for December yet.  Sometimes the salaries are delayed for 6-8 months.” stated one of the employees.

 About Counterpart International the hospital found out when receiving pharmaceuticals in 2000.  Back then the funding was very poor – 40 % and all pharmaceuticals were directed for curing the vulnerable groups of people.  Another donation was received in November 2002.  According to the doctors’ saying, absolutely everything was useful and necessary.  “It’s impossible to emphasize something in particular.  There were received 20 adjustable beds, 30 mattresses, walkers and slippers.  Everything that was received was immediately distributed equally among 4 departments: surgery, recovery, traumatology and maternity departments”, stated Nikolai Slavutsky, the Chief Doctor.

 Till that moment the entire hospital had only 15 adjustable beds.  The Superintendent of traumatology department, Alexandr Petrovsky stated: “After receiving the beds and walkers I have realized that finally I obtained the effective tools for treating my patients, especially those with injured spinal cord and lower extremities.  Before, the patients suffering from such trauma were sleeping on old spiral beds that were curving down to the floor, thus the effectiveness of my treatment was zero.”

 The Superintendent of Maternity Department, Melnik Ellena Mikhailovna said: “The beds and mattresses are very large and comfortable.  They are very handy for nursing mothers after Cesarean birth”.  Until not long ago Comrat hospital was assisted with pharmaceuticals by “Farmaciens sans Frontiers” Mission.  Currently, besides Counterpart, there are no other foreign donors helping our hospital.

The hospital’s personnel is very satisfied with its current collaboration with Counterpart and is planning to find as more sponsors as possible in order to assure a normal work of the hospital, considering the fact that it’s impossible to count on state funding. 

Central Hospital of Comrat Raion

(TRANSLATED BY COUNTERPART INTERNATIONAL, INC)
PROJECT: A-MD-0801-07-0101-N
Mission Relief Services in Collboration with Counterpart International

Central Hospital of Comrat Raion
2 Romanchenko Street
Town of Comrat

Autonomous Territorial Entity of Gagauzia (UTAG), Moldova

Mr. Mihail Sajin
Country Director
Counterpart International, Inc.

Community and Humanitarian Assistance Program (CHAP)

Central Hospital of Comrat Raion would like to express its sincere gratitude for humanitarian assistance provided under the form of adjustable hospital beds, mattresses, and other hospital equipment.

The donated equipment became extremely useful for us and let us replace the old and outdated hospital beds from surgery department, reanimation and other departments with the new ones.

We hope for further cooperation with Counterpart with the purpose of improving the medical services provided to people of Comrat Raion.

Respectfully,
Mr. N. A. Slavutsky
Chief Doctor of the Central Hospital of Comrat Raion

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Mission Statement: Mission Relief is a private, non-profit humanitarian aid organization specializing in redistribution of medical and surgical supplies to third world countries throughout the world.  Mission Relief collects donated supplies from hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities; processes these supplies; and ships them directly to designated areas through the responsible stewardship of donations, Mission Relief helps healthcare facilities globally serve those most in need.