With over 6 million surplus and unused medicines and medical equipment in the United States, we at Catholic World Mission take great care ensuring that they are put to good use in places that are severely in need of these critical medicines and equipment around the world. Since 2004, we have had the incredible opportunity to ship hope in the form of medical supplies, disaster relief needs, and building materials. With your help we have continued this mission to provide international support for people who do not otherwise have the resources. We at Catholic World Mission and our family of supporters have been a champion for children who are dying from treatable and preventable diseases and illnesses. Diseases like typhoid, polio, and malaria are just a few of the ailments we assisted in finding cures thanks to shipments of medicines and medical supplies.
About Shipments to Ghana
Since 2009, you have supported our effort to ship medical relief to the Enchi Government Hospital in the Western Region of Ghana. It is considered a “115 bed hospital;” there were 80 adult beds, 13 pediatric beds, and an average of 20 pediatric patients on the floor; until we were able to help provide 25 new beds and cribs. The hospital had two operating tables, and thanks to your support we were able to provide anesthesia machines, which are now in use. The hospital won second place in the Regional Peer Review Mechanism Award in 2012, followed by first place in 2013 and 2014. The Enchi Government Hospital has worked hard to achieve this status, and thanks Catholic World Mission for their help in providing equipment to enable their health care providers to perform safely. This hospital has only one physician/surgeon, 13 nurses, 14 midwives, and 53 auxiliary staff. The hospital provides one of only two physicians in a four hour driving radius, serving residents of both Ghana and Ivory Coast; as well as patients from distances up to 500 miles, such as Burkina Faso and Mali.
The most common reason for admission are ailments such as pneumonia, complicated malaria, anemia, and typhoid. The amount of space in the ward is limited; meaning only surgical and severely ill patients are admitted. Surgical cases can range from hernias, abscesses, and injuries, to tumors, and typhoid infections that have perforated the bowel.
A Paraplegic’s New Life
Together with the Yonkofa Project, you helped to bring a Personal Energy Transporter (PET) from Colombia, Missouri to Ghana! This specific PET went to Michael; a paraplegic who has polio. When he first came to Catholic World Mission, Michael had slippers on his hands in order to use them to crawl forward, letting his limp legs drag behind; this was the only way he was able to get around. He Michael lives in a village called Kramokram in Ghana’s Western Region, however he was able to meet CWM at the hospital where we assembled the PET.
Michael was able to test drive the PET at the hospital, where we found that it works well on both paved areas and rough dirt. With his amazingly strong arms, Michael was able to transfer from the PET to the taxi passenger seat without assistance. We loaded it into the taxi, and he went home with a huge improvement to his quality of life.
See photos from our shipments to Ghana here:
Shipping to Divine Word Hospital
Catholic World Mission donors shipped two containers of equipment and supplies to re-stock the Divine Word Hospital after Typhoon Haiyan. The items in the containers were collected by Sister Eloisa, who is in charge at the Divine Word Hospital. The items were then transported to Divine Word Hospital, and put to great use.
“We are grateful for Catholic World Mission’s assistance with replenishing important medicines and supplies!” – Sister Eloisa
Life-Saving Medical Supplies
With your generosity we have been able to send these life-saving medical supplies:
See photos of the shipments received:
Shipping to Honduras
A shipment of medical supplies from Catholic World Mission was accepted at the Customs office in San Pedro on September 3, 2015. The shipment contained clothing, medical supplies, and medication for 10 hospitals and healthcare centers in Honduras. These 10 organizations serve a population of 99,000 people! The hospitals and healthcare centers serve people with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant women, and children daily, and have healthcare programs to serve HIV patients as well. They conduct free clinics in more rural areas that are without access to the resources necessary to make frequent hospital trips.
One of the largest hospitals is the Centro de Salud Dr. Jeronimo Sazo Alceroo San Jose in Santa Barbara; it serves 2,236 people a month! The hospital has benefitted tremendously from the shipments of medical supplies. By providing the healthcare the people so desperately need, the shipments also help strengthen the community. Centro de Salud is located in a region of low-income families who benefit the most from this kind of shipment. The hospital has a staff of only 24 people! Their dedication to the people of Santa Barbara, Honduras is unmatched. Altogether, the 10 hospitals and healthcare centers were so grateful to accept the 495 t-shirts, 3.89 tons of medical supplies, and especially the antidepressant medication to support the mental health of the suffering community.
See photos of the benefactors of the shipment below:
Shipping to Guatemala
In 2015 we shipped to Guatemala! This container of medical supplies benefited two organizations: the Fundacion Pediatrica de Guatemala and Clinicas Elim Chimaltenango. These organizations regularly offer free clinics, and therefore do not receive any payment in return. Both facilities rely solely on shipments from organizations like Catholic World Mission to serve the poor. Fundacion Pediatrica de Guatemala offers four free clinics in different regions of the country every year. Clinicas Elim Chimaltenango is able to offer a free clinic daily out of their center – seeing approximately 100 people every day! In addition to having doctors come in to do consulting to determine if patients need more care at a specialty center, they also offer eye and dental care. These professionals drive 32 miles away from the city of Guatemala to provide their services to the poor for free on a daily basis.
“One of the most important medicines given at the Chimaltenango clinic is beta blockers for the elderly who need this medication to survive. One of these beneficiaries is Juan Chimuc, who is 72 years-old. He is from a community that was devastated from the Guatemalan Civil War. For most of his life he was the picture of health, and never needed medication. We were surprised to hear at one of our free clinics he never needed medical attention before this. At the clinic we discovered Juan is diabetic, and suffers hypertension problems. We have been providing him with medication for the last four months, thanks to the generous support of Catholic World Mission. Juan told us that with the medication his life has changed dramatically and he feels so good. We recently saw him working with a big smile on his face. This would not be possible without you. Thank you very much.”
– Jorge Raúl Gramajo Ríos
Details of the Shipment
See photos from the shipment below:
Please don’t delay. Your gift will only deliver hope faster.
Since 2004 we have had the incredible opportunity to ship lifesaving medical supplies, disaster relief needs, and building materials. With your help, we have continued this mission to help people internationally, who do not otherwise have the resources.
A shipment of medical supplies and equipment is a lifeline for people in need. Every year we have the opportunity to ship hope in the form of medical supplies. Your generosity ensures that this medicine gets out of the port; Shipments contain ECG machines, respirators, incubators, patient beds, wheel chairs, antibiotics and lab supplies. With your help we can ship them to people most in need.