$400,000 of Medical Equipment En Route to Cambodia!
By: Natasha Martin, AKP SE Asia Coordinator
CAMBODIA | Health is one of the four pillars of AKP and this year, we plan to take our Global Medical Assistance program to new heights together with our partner, Project C.U.R.E. .
Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world. Together, we work with rural clinics to identify their needs when it comes to medical equipment. The needs are vetted by a Project C.U.R.E. doctor. The shipment travels from the US in an ocean freight container, and the delivery coincides with specialized training for the nurses and doctors on the receiving end.
In April, a container filled with $400,000 (USD) worth of medical equipment left Chicago bound for Siem Reap, Cambodia. The container was filled specifically with equipment for maternal care – birthing beds, bassinets, fetal monitors, thermometers and so much more. The equipment will be distributed to five rural clinics – each one serving approximately 10,000 people. In total, about 50,000 Cambodians will benefit from this shipment, especially mothers and babies.
According to the World Health Organization mothers, newborns and children in Cambodia remain an especially vulnerable group and “due to various preventable causes, mortality in this group remains unacceptably high”. AKP is proud to support clinics to provide better care to moms and their kids and looks forward to taking this project to four more countries: Uganda, Tanzania, Bhutan and Peru!