Medical Supplies Depart for Cuba

Six tons of medicine, medical supplies, diapers, blankets, even coloring books and crayons have begun the journey from Kansas City to Havana, Cuba.

These supplies are going to the William Soler Pediatric Hospital – a children’s hospital in Havana.

Watch as the supplies are loaded at HHI’s Operations Hub.

From HHI’s Hub, this first container will go to a port in Florida for transport to Cuba. Then, once all the supplies have cleared customs, all of the humanitarian cargo will be delivered to the hospital to help medical staff treat sick children.

Read more about HHI’s project in Cuba 

 

This first shipment is valued at nearly $350,000.  And it’s thanks to several of our corporate sponsors and partners that helped make this happen.  Medical supplies and medicine from BD, Midmark, AbbVie, Medtronic, Welch Allyn, Henry Schein and Johnson & Johnson make up the bulk of this shipment.

Also, the blankets, coloring books and crayons are part of the J&J One Child, One Blanket project.  Under a partnership with J&J, these kits are assembled by HHI volunteers at the Hub and are shipped around the world and the US to children in shelters and in hospitals.

 

 

 

Heart to Heart CEO on TS Isaac

Here at Heart to Heart we are keeping a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Isaac.  It continues to bear down on Haiti, with its sights set on the Gulf Coast.
Below is a letter, just sent to donors and supporters, from HHI’s CEO Andre Butler as we prepare to mobilize.

DW HHI

Dear Friends,

As of this writing, a tropical cyclone is gathering strength in the Caribbean and churning toward Haiti and eventually the U.S.’s Gulf Coast. The storm is named Isaac, and within hours we will know what damage the storm will bring to Haiti.

We at Heart to Heart International are following these weather developments very closely as we have friends, family and coworkers in Haiti right now in the path of this storm, along with the thousands of Haitians we serve.

Our Haiti staff will ride out this storm. They have made plans and storm preparations, as they continue to oversee the operations of the 12 community clinics we partner with and continue to support with volunteers and with medical aid.
These clinics are found across Haiti: in the capital of Port-au-Prince, in the Leogane area and in the very rural and mountainous SE District. All of these areas are in the path of Isaac and could very well be affected by the storm’s high winds, torrential rain and subsequent flooding.

From there, Isaac has set his sights on the Florida Keys, and then the Gulf Coast of Florida and Alabama. The storm is predicted to become a hurricane by the time it reaches the mainland.

We are preparing to mobilize the assets we have, including the Mobile Medical Unit, medical aid, volunteers and Heart to Heart Care Kits, to respond as needed.

Our mission in Haiti, our mission in the U.S., is to improve health and to broaden access to healthcare. Isaac may try to disrupt that. But with your continued support and assistance we won’t let it.

Please give now so that we may respond in the wake of Isaac, in both Haiti and the U.S., and prepare for the storms to come.

Sincerely,
Andre Butler
CEO – Heart to Heart International

 

 

 

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