A 28-member team of health care professionals from Duke University Medical Center is carrying nine tons of surplus medical equipment and donated supplies to the 1500-bed New Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda. Mulago Hospital staff will be trained to use and maintain the new equipment then surgeons from both countries will join in conducting a number of brain and spinal surgeries.

The project is administered by Duke’s Global Health Institute.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

First Shipment will be in Uganda by Monday

Michael Haglund writes:

I just got off the phone with Mike Ball from Cavalier Logistics who has done a remarkable job of making this all happen. I had no, I repeat no idea how to make this work logistically, but Mike not only has taken many hours on his own to accomplish the shipment of 9 TONS of medical equipment and supplies to Uganda, but is personally flying with our first shipment and staying in Uganda until everything arrives. Kudos to Mike and Cavalier for all their help. Flughts from British Airways will also arrive Wednesday and Friday with our final shipments and go to a guarded wharehouse until we arrive on Saturday to unpack everything.

On a completely different note, I am amazed to see this all coming together. The number of people both out in front and behind the scenes who have worked tirelessly to help is astounding.

One great story was we were going to have to all wear a cervical collar on the plane since the huge box of collars came after we had sent everything to Cavalier in DC for shipping and after T. and Ciaran had driven our jam packed rental van to DC with our supposed last load, and after Duke and Jane Pleasant's office had shipped overnight 18 boxes of supplies for anesthesia to DC. So, Jean Bartis saved the day by getting the collars overnighted to DC and Mike Ball agreed to put them somewhere.

Now, we just have to fit all the extra stuff in our suitcases to make it all work.