Konbit Sante shipped its 24th 40’ container of equipment and supplies from Maine on September 7, bound for Cap-Haitien, Haiti, after a year of sourcing, inventorying, and allocating supplies based on partner health facilities’ requests.
In addition to indispensable basic hospital supplies such as syringes and bandages, there are endoscopes, a colposcope, lab refrigerators, EKG machines, and a CR machine – a piece of computer radiography equipment that will allow our partner, Hôpital de la Convention Baptiste d’Haiti (HCBH), to digitalize x-rays.
Frequently-requested items such as office furniture (desks, chairs, tables, file cabinets), playground equipment for disabled children at HCBH, and soccer equipment for youth health programming rounded out the container’s contents which are valued at more than $100K.
Contents will be delivered to partner health facilities Justinien University Hospital, Hôpital de Fort Saint Michel (FSM), Hôpital de la Convention Baptiste d’Haiti (HCBH), Unite de Lutte pour la Sante (ULS), Serving Sante Health Center, and New Hope Hospital.
A special thank you to Penobscot Valley Hospital in Lincoln, Maine, for donating important medical supplies and nearly all of the medical equipment. Also, thanks to J.B. Brown & Sons for donated warehouse space, an essential part of the “konbit” that allows this container shipping process to happen.
And immense thanks to volunteers Dave LaQuerre, Dick Lemieux, Nan Nickerson, Nate Nickerson, and Konbit Sante staff member Marcella Felde, who collectively spent hundreds of hours sorting, packaging, cataloging, and picking up large items.
On loading day, Dave LaQuerre, Eric Plorde, Hugh Tozer, Erik Jenson, Nan Nickerson, Nate Nickerson, and Marcella Felde loaded the container. The container doors were closed and sealed shortly after noon on September 5.
The container arrived in Cap-Haitien on September 26 and is now in the port waiting to clear customs.