The aid shipment is on the way, with even more supplies than initially planned! This is all very good news.
If you’ve been following what Heart to Heart has been up to in recent weeks, you may be aware of our efforts to assist one of our partners, the International Medical Corps, in one of the most troubled spots on this globe.
We’re sending several thousand pounds of medical supplies and nearly a dozen Ready Relief Boxes™ to the IMC in South Sudan. The IMC has been working for years in east-central Africa, long before South Sudan took its independence from The Sudan in July of 2011. Due to decades of conflict, open warfare, tribal clashes, economic and political issues and food instabilities… there are thousands upon thousands of displaced people in the vast region. The IMC is on the ground, doing what they can to help meet the medical needs of these populations, and Heart to Heart is doing what we can to help the IMC!
We are sending just under two tons of medicine, medical aid and supplies bundled onto seven pallets bound for Juba, South Sudan. In addition to the nearly four-thousand pounds of aid, we’re adding 10 Ready Relief Boxes™ to the shipment. The contents of each of these “pharmacies in a box” can treat up to 500 people.
Getting the shipment there isn’t easy. Sending anything into that region can be difficult. Fortunately our global partner FedEx is on it. One of their semis pulled up to the dock of our Global Distribution Center and we filled it up! Next stop for the aid… halfway around the world.
courtesy International Medical Corps
While issues plaguing east-central Africa have become a recent hot topic on social media, Heart to Heart International has long been aware of the needs, and has worked, in that part of the world. So has one of our great partners, the International Medical Corps (IMC).
Heart to Heart is currently working with IMC to provide more than one ton of humanitarian medical aid and supplies to support IMC’s continuing efforts in one of the most troubled areas on the globe. That is a lot of needed medicine for an initial shipment!
Here is a brief, even simplistic, synopsis of what is happening in the region: South Sudan is a new country. It gained independence in July 2011 following a half-century of warfare between the North and the South, and between and involving many other groups. This created vast numbers of refugees. Independence has also brought about a large number of ‘returnees’, people moving into South Sudan. Renewed and continued fighting, political/economic issues, border clashes, along with large populations on the move… all of this has created an environment where people are in need.
The International Medical Corps has operated in Sudan & now South Sudan for years and is currently serving hundreds of thousands of refugees, returnees and other vulnerable populations in both rural and urban areas, working to improve not just primary medical care, but long-term health as well.
We here at Heart to Heart are proud to partner with such a fine group that mirrors our own mission to improve global health.