HHI Passes $100 Million Mark in Aid Shipped in 2015

HHI reached a significant moment in the third week of November – shipping $100 Million worth of medicine and medical supplies around the world in 2015.

 

For the fourth time in its history, Heart to Heart International has shipped $100 Million worth of aid and supplies to people in need around the world within one calendar year.

Throughout the year, HHI receives donations of medicine, medical aid and materials from corporate supporters and partners that allows us to expand access to healthcare and help people in crisis around the world.  The value and amount of these donations fluctuates each year due to a number of factors.  This calendar year is shaping up to be a big one.  We’ll know once all the numbers are tallied at the end of the year, but it’s looking like it could be a record-setting year for providing aid.

What makes this even more special – HHI moved warehouse operations to a new facility during the winter of 2015, greatly reducing the amount of aid we were able to ship during the months of January and February as the new Operations Hub was put in order.  Meaning, most of the work to reach this big number took place between March and November.

To give an example of just one week at the HHI Operations Hub, here are stats from a week in November:

Shipments: 14
Value of Aid & Supplies: $3,091,851.67
Countries: Six – Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Tanzania, United States, Uzbekistan

This achievement wouldn’t be possible without the combination of HHI staff, volunteers and corporate partners working together to make a true, positive impact and provide medicine and medical aid to those in need in the US and around the world.

 

*Many thanks to our friends at Children International and their communications coordinators who made the featured video

The Hike with Heart 2015

HWH-Logo-color-012663 miles.  Five months. One hiker.

Inspired by a passion for the outdoors, 24 year old Nathaniel Farmer is tackling the Pacific Crest Trail.  Stretching 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada, the PCT winds through three western states and takes a hiker through some of the most remote mountain wilderness found in the US.

Nathaniel has two goals – hike the entire PCT & raise $10,000 for Heart to Heart International* while doing it.

Look below for Hike Updates, see the route Nathaniel is taking and support the effort with a t-shirt!


Get the Shirt!

Show your support by purchasing an official Hike with Heart shirt.  When you buy one of these cool shirts – you’re helping Nathaniel reach his fundraising goal!

Ten dollars of each shirt sold goes directly to support Heart to Heart International!

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Women’s styles available.  Buy both styles and double your donation!


Hike Updates

June 22

Nathaniel reaches the halfway point of the Hike with Heart timeline.  Many more miles to go!  Read Trail Post…

June 6

Nathaniel summits Mt. Whitney – the highest point in the lower 48 and hikes through a snowy Forester Pass – the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail.  Read Trail Post…

June 2

“And we’re done with 700 miles of desert and 2 days away from the highest summit in the continental U.S.”  Read Trail Post…

May 21

Today we passed mile 500 and tomorrow we attempt our first 30+ mile day…”  Read Trail Post…

May 14

Since Big Bear we’ve hiked over 100 miles just past Wrightwood to mile 386.5 before getting beaten back to town by a nice snow/ice/sleet combo.  Hopefully this is the last time we have to deal with frigid temps and precipitation until the Sierra’s.”   Read Trail Post…

May 9

Since Idyllwild we’ve hiked through miles of 60 mph winds and arrived at Big Bear just before the snow.  So much for the nice Southern California weather you always hear about.”  Read Trail Post…

May 2

There was a 48 hour stretch of bad, wet weather.  I didn’t even bring rain pants for this section since it’s SoCal and they’re in the worst drought they’ve known.”  Read Trail Post…

April 22, 2015 – the Hike with Heart begins!

Nathaniel began his trek today, hoping to get 20 miles under him before the day is out.

April 21, 2015 – Departure Day

Nathaniel Farmer left his St. Louis area home bound for San Diego.  From there, he’ll travel to the southernmost trailhead of the Pacific Crest Trail along the Mexican border and begin trekking north.

April 16, 2015

Nathaniel has been preparing for months – gathering gear, prepping food supplies, and getting his body in shape for the arduous journey.  In this short video he has a little fun with his prep and workout routine.

 

 

 


The Route

Click the map to explore the entire Hike with Heart route and discover more about the Pacific Crest Trail.

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*Nathaniel Farmer chose Heart to Heart International because of our mission to improve health access and provide relief aid to people in the US and around the world, and because of our reputation for donation efficiency.

Sharing Hearts, Building Care Kits

On Valentine’s Day 2015, about 1,400 people pitched in to build 10,000 Heart to Heart Care Kits over the course of six hours using assembly line precision.

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The Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas has been a strong supporter of Heart to Heart International’s programs, especially in Haiti, and during its Share Your Heart event on Valentine’s Day, took on a massive one-time Care Kit build.  Not only did they build 10K kits, the church community donated all of the materials to make them!

Scroll to see pictures and see even more by visiting our Flickr album of the event.

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See more pics by visiting our Flickr page.

 

 

Don’t Forget About the ‘Border Children’

The summer of 2014 saw a surge of unaccompanied children at the US’s southern border.  Most of these children had traveled from Central American countries like Honduras and Guatemala.  Many were fleeing violence, poverty, hunger. Don’t forget about them.  We haven’t.

Photo by Jude Joffe-Block/Fronteras Desk

 

Many of the children who came across the border remain in facilities across the US as they await disposition of their individual cases.  On their own, or sent by families, they arrived seeking connections with families already in the states, all seeking something better.  The increased number of children taxed the border control systems, forcing many into makeshift holding facilities and then into shelters across the country. In August we shipped hundreds of blankets and hygiene kits to children being temporarily housed in shelters in six states.

Recently we sent another large shipment, via our global partner FedEx, to a number of shelters that will begin housing children in February 2015 as they await their immigration hearings.  The kids that will be housed in these shelters range in age from 7-17 and most are in their early teens.

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Working with the Urban Strategies/National Latino Evangelical Coalition we delivered medical supplies to nine shelters in five states.  We learned that the greatest needs are for wound care, chicken pox treatment and pain relief.  Thanks to the partnerships we’ve developed with medical supply and pharmaceutical donors we’ve been able to meet the needs of the shelters and the care of the children.
Examples of the supplies we shipped:  sunscreen, tape, gauze, OTC meds from Johnson & Johnson; Alcohol swabs from BD; thermometers and covers from Welch Allyn; and ointment from Calmoseptine.

supplies laid outHeart to Heart International will continue to help as many of these shelters as we can.  You can help us do this.

Support our efforts to deliver care to these children.  Help us help them.

Donate to meet the greatest need

 

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VIDEO: Working Together to Fight Ebola

A new video gives a glimpse into the early days of Heart to Heart International’s Operation Ebola in Liberia and showcases the importance of partnership to combat the Ebola epidemic.

For many weeks, Heart to Heart International CEO Jim Mitchum has been in Liberia overseeing the building of the organizational infrastructure needed to support the opening of an Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU).   Along with Country Director Julie Hefner and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rene Vega, our team in Liberia has been putting all the pieces into place, hiring staff, and coordinating with multiple aid agencies as part of the global response to the epidemic.

Watch the video to learn the reasons why HHI has taken on the responsibility of running an ETU.  Hear from our new Liberian staff members about their desire to bring healthcare to their people and why it’s so important that HHI has come to help.  And learn how we’re working in partnership with other NGOs, like the International Medical Corps, to tackle this continuing humanitarian crisis.

 

Video by: Blake Nelson

 

FedEx Delivers to Front Lines of Ebola Epidemic

Our long-standing relationship with FedEx is a rather special one.  For many years now, the company has helped Heart to Heart International deliver critically needed supplies around the world.
And again FedEx has come through – delivering more of our emergency Ebola supplies to front line health workers in West Africa.

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As part of Operation Ebola – not only are we in the process of opening an Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia to combat the spread of the virus – we continue to ship supplies to our partners in Liberia who are also on the front lines of the hot zone.

This was featured recently in a story on the FedEx blog, showcasing how their team members provide a product and supply lifeline:

“FedEx leveraged its global network of logistics expertise to move the supplies by truck and by plane from the United States to Europe as part of a special donated shipment. From there, the shipment was moved to its final destination in Liberia.

FedEx is proud to be a part of this effort to help prevent the spread of the Ebola virus and to ensure those in need receive the proper medical care.  FedEx has long-standing relationships with relief organizations around the world. Through these relationships, FedEx is able to assist in situations like this to ship large amounts of supplies to those impacted the most.”

Read about another Heart to Heart shipment FedEx transported a couple of weeks ago to our partners and friends the International Medical Corps in Liberia.

FedEx Ebola Shipment2It’s awesome to see our supplies loaded onto a FedEx cargo plane bound for those in need!

 

Emergency Ebola Supplies Arrive in Liberia

Heart to Heart International’s shipment of emergency medical relief supplies to help fight the spread of Ebola has arrived in Liberia and is already being put to use by our partners the International Medical Corps.

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International Medical Corps’ Ebola Treatment Unit in Bong County, Liberia receives donations from Heart to Heart International. Photo © International Medical Corps/Stuart J. Sia

 

The shipment originated in our Global Distribution Center in Kansas City – 18 pallets built by HHI staff and volunteers and filled with a variety of supplies like syringes, needles, sharps containers, gloves, masks, medical scrub brushes and more.  These are key items needed on the ground in the fight against the spread of Ebola and for medical care needs.
All of the items were donated by HHI’s corporate partners BD, Abbott, Johnson & Johnson and by one anonymous corporate donor.

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Unloading a truck’s worth of supplies shipped by Heart to Heart International. Photo © International Medical Corps/Stuart J. Sia

 

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Boxes filled with thousands of syringes provided by BD and shipped by Heart to Heart International are unloaded in Bong County, Liberia. Photo © International Medical Corps/Stuart J. Sia

 

The supplies were shipped via our global transportation partner FedEx – first by truck, then by plane, from the US to Europe and then down to Monrovia, Liberia in West Africa.

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A member of the International Medical Corps surveys the delivery of critical medical supplies. Photo © International Medical Corps/Stuart J. Sia

 

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Supplies are stacked in storage near IMC’s Ebola Treatment Unit. Photo © International Medical Corps/Stuart J. Sia

 

Once the supplies arrived in Liberia the International Medical Corps loaded them onto another truck and drove them several hours into the interior of Liberia to its storage facility at Cuttington University in Bong County, near its Ebola Treatment Unit.

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HHI & the IMC working together to provide care and to meet the medical needs of the people of Liberia. Photo © International Medical Corps/Stuart J. Sia

 

So very glad that HHI can provide critical supplies to those on the front lines of the Ebola fight – and it’s great to see the efforts of so many, including donors & volunteers, making a difference where it’s needed most!

 

New Epidemic Rapidly Spreads Across Haiti

Chikungunya Virus in Haiti(MAY 2014) – A new epidemic has exploded across Haiti in recent days, already sickening thousands and stressing an already taxed healthcare system.  The epidemic has doubled the amount of patients at the Heart to Heart clinics in Port-au-Prince and in Leogane.  Even some members of our HHI staff are now coming down with this illness.

chikungunya-virusAccording to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC): the Chikungunya Virus (pronounced: chih-koon-Goon-yah) appeared for the first time in the Americas in December 2013 on the island of St. Martin and from there has spread quickly across the Caribbean.  It’s an illness that has until now been confined to the other side of the world, mostly in Africa and Asia.  Now that it’s the rainy season on Hispaniola – Chikungunya is spreading exponentially in Haiti.

Chikungunya is spread by the bite of the Aedes mosquito, and while rarely fatal, it is a debilitating illness. The symptoms are similar to those of dengue fever, another disease spread by these mosquitoes.
Someone afflicted with Chikungunya will have:

  • fever
  • swollen joints
  • joint pain, sometimes severe
  • may also have a headache, muscle pain and a rash

Many people afflicted by this illness will feel better in about a week. However, in certain cases, the joint pain will become chronic and last for months, even for a few years.  Again the CDC cautions that there is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat the chikungunya virus infection.

But we’re doing what we can.  We’re increasing the number of Haitian medical staff at our clinics to handle the patient overload, working to treat the symptoms with what works – fluids and pain/fever reducing medicine, and mounting an education operation to deliver mosquito netting and to inform people as to this newest disease to afflict Haiti.

This outbreak of Chikungunya Fever is exactly why HHI needs to be prepared to respond quickly to people in need. We’ve already taken action. We had to.  But we can only sustain our response, and prepare for what comes next, by donors stepping up to help.

PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING NOW TO OUR DISASTER READINESS & RESPONSE FUND.

ARE YOU A MEDICAL PROVIDER WHO WANTS TO VOLUNTEER IN HAITI?

Welch Allyn ‘Points of Care’ Program to Benefit HHI

Welch Allyn is one of those companies that we’re seriously in love with.  Not only does the company provide support to HHI with equipment, supplies and donations, it encourages employees to volunteer their time and provides the means for them to do so.
The folks there are also quite creative in the ways they provide support to HHI.  For example, the Ripple Effect Program. Read more about how HHI uses the Ripple Effect to provide needed supplies to clinics here.

Now Welch Allyn has launched a program called Points of Care – a new point-based incentive program that allows physicians to earn points based on purchases of select Welch Allyn products.  The points can be redeemed for free product, rebates or a donation to Heart to Heart International.

Click here to read the full release describing the new Points of Care program.

And to go directly to the Welch Allyn Points of Care website, click here.

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