Life Changing Medicines & Shipments Arrive In Haiti!

September 30th, 2016

We have some heartening news from the Justinian University Hospital campus.  In the last week, two major shipments arrived; one of medicines purchased from Europe, and our own 40 foot shipping container of medical supplies and equipment from Maine.

These shipments cleared customs quickly and duty-free using our status as a legally recognized humanitarian organization by the Haitian government.  This is something that we have been diligently working toward for many years.  Many thanks to our staff on the ground and local brokers who worked hard to clear and distribute these materials to our partner facilities.  It was the smoothest process yet!  

Melick, with one of the newly arrived portable oxygen concentrators for pediatrics.

Melick Derius, who works for Konbit Sante in pediatrics and maternity as a service stock manager spoke of the item on the container he found most valuable.  "The oxygen concentrators are very helpful. Sometimes we don't have oxygen tanks in the pediatric service.  With the concentrators, kids can receive an important treatment without delay." 

The shipment from Europe included child and prenatal vitamins for pregnant women;  Vitamin A for children, an important nutrient in areas with high rates of malnutrition; and chlorhexidine, a disinfectant used to prevent infections of umbilical cords after home births, which we will now be adding to all birthing kits that we distribute to Traditional Birth Attendants who are participating in monthly educational sessions for them that we are supporting.  

Thanks to all of you, in Haiti and around the world, who helped make this happen.  

Sincerely, 


Nathan Nickerson
Executive Director, Konbit Sante
 

Konbit Sante's container was packed to the brim by our amazing volunteers in Maine, and it included an important collection of donated and purchased supplies.  We owe a special thanks to Amitie Hispaniola, our amazing partners in Switzerland who fundraised tirelessly to cover more than half of our shipping costs.

Some of the most appreciated items received included:

Justinien University Hospital (JUH)

  • 3 new washing machines    
  • More than 75,000 exam and surgical gloves

Justinian Pediatric Service

  • Sonogram machine 
  • 5 new oxygen concentrators

Haiti Convention Baptist Hospital (HCBH)

  • 2 stretchers for the new emergency room 
  • 5 customized wheelchairs for the spinal cord rehabilitaion center

Fort Saint Michel Health Center (FSM)

  • Portable X-ray machine
  • Propane vaccine refrigerator 

Unite de Lutte Pour la Sante (ULS)

  • Exam tables
  • Waiting room chairs

Justinian Nursing School 

  • 5 training mannequins

....and approximately 700 other items and boxes of basic hospital supplies that were divided up between our partner facilities!