Even before Covid-19 became a household word, a medical assessment mission to Niger, West Africa, led by Dr. James Jennings, President of Conscience International, in 2018, was planning a shipment of new medical equipment and supplies to hospitals in a country that is hard-pressed for medical staff and profoundly lacking in materials to meet needs.
The first 40-foot container of equipment and supplies left Atlanta on January 28, 2020 and arrived in Niger on April 14, 2020 to be distributed among key hospitals—The Lamordé National Hospital, The Maternité Issaka Gazobi Hospital, the National Obstetric Fistula Reference Centre of Niamey, and the Maternity Hospital of Tillabery. The arrival was so important to national health it was covered by four local TV stations and Niger National Radio. View our YouTube videos here
Working with the Minister of Public Health, as well as the US Ambassador to Niger, the shipment will greatly improve general medical areas and in particular the work in gynecological surgery, the medical surgical supply chain, and nutritional programs. Conscience International was supported in the initiative by the Reed Foundation, Kirker Foundation/Niger, KAMRA-US, and Medshare.
The US team also included Conscience International Medical Director, Gail Anderson, MD, and René Genadry, MD, of the University of Iowa.
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