Supply Lines Blog

From the moment we found out that we would, once again, have to move, our focus has been to ship out as much of our inventory as possible so that more reached communities-in-need AND less ended up in the landfill. Unfortunately, as we don’t have a new home yet, we have limited space with partners and supporters so we can only store our most important/valuable supplies/equipment. And with no false modesty, we did an amazing (if exhausting) job! Thank you to everyone involved with IHC for their dedication and commitment to achieving this amazing feat – well lots of amazing feats, including loading three containers in three days!! The commitment of our weekly volunteers meant that we had boxes packed and equipment serviced meant that we could get them out the loading bay door as fast as we could pack them in a container. And a special thank you to…

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Today’s container was sponsored by NAYA which in the past has sent several containers to different provinces in Nigeria. This container is heading to Kano State Hospital and was filled with more than the usual number of beds (48) as well as exam tables, wheelchairs, walkers and crutches, a birthing bed, stretchers, an anaesthesia machine and a few hundred boxes of supplies. Barry was our loadmaster today, his fourth in the last 2 weeks – a record! The founder of NAYA expressed his deep appreciation to our organization for all that we have done, and continue to do, for the people of his country.

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We were so happy to help our new volunteers from El Salvador load their container, bound for Sonsonate. We knew from their contact at the hospital that they could make use of all types of OR supplies in addition to basic items so we were able to include was an operating room table, as well as a birthing bed, bassinettes and pediatric supplies. In the end we packed 27 beds, 20 wheelchairs, an assortment of crutches and canes, along with a colposcope, endoscope, upright examination chair and 4 exam tables. Our El Salvador volunteers eager and a great help to today’s loadmaster and they brought treats to go with morning coffee as well as a pizza lunch.

Thank you Global News Winnipeg for coming out to the Warehouse to report on our move.

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We loaded a container of our usual collection of items, this time headed for Siquinala, Fca. Inquietud and Escuintla, Guatemala where there is a tremendous need for all types of medical supplies. The container’s sponsor plans to set up a dental clinic and purchased the container to leave onsite to house the clinic. We had five dental chairs, as well as cabinets, lights, tables, stools and supplies to help get the clinic started. We were also able to include along with the boxed supplies, many walkers, crutches and canes, as well as multiple collapsible stretches, which the sponsor intents to give to local residents.

A Winnipeg charity that has diverted more than 1,000 tons of used medical equipment from local landfills to needy faraway hospitals may soon have to throw in the towel. International Hope Canada says it will be forced to shut down operations if a donated warehouse space cannot be found. JOHN WOODS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Kevin Stewart, left, and other volunteers put the finishing touch on a load of reclaimed medical equipment and supplies destined for Guatemala in their Winnipeg warehouse Tuesday. “We feel we’ve done an awful lot of good in the world since 1997,” said Kevin Stewart, president of the charitable, non-profit, all-volunteer organization that provides medical supplies and equipment to facilities in developing countries. It was founded 22 years ago, to collect and share redundant but usable items donated by hospitals, clinics and private individuals. “We’ve had the same landlord — a Winnipeg businessman who’s been very…

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On October 5th, the Manitoba Provincial Council of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress funded a container destined for Kharkiv Zaitsev and Kharkiv Military Hospitals and the Yaremche Rehabilitation Hospital. We were able to provide 52 beds and mattresses as well as two gurneys and two physiotherapy treatment tables. The container departed Winnipeg on the 5th headed for Montreal. The ship carrying the container left Montreal on October 18th and arrived in Oddessa on November 21st. Because of hard work on the part of our partners, the container was cleared by Customs on November 26th and was on its way by truck to Kharkiv and Yaremche the next day. The container arrived on November 29th and was unloaded and all the beds tested and installed on November 30th and December 1st. Greetings Everyone! It is with great pleasure that I can share that our last shipment of beds, physio baked and gurneys…

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Connie, one of our volunteers, was finally able to realize her dream of sending a container to her home village of Muhoroni in Kenya. She included the usual assortment of beds, wheelchairs, canes and crutches, exam tables and received a cautery machine, endoscopy tower, baby bassinettes, a microscope, along with many lab supplies. Connie also partnered with Days for Girls, and was provided with 100 kits for distribution in the local school.

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We just found out that we will once again need to relocate. Fortunately, a partner came forward on very short notice and we were able to provide a partial load of supplies for Cameroon, the first of a series of shipments we have managed to arrange over the next two weeks so that we are able to reduce our inventory. Reducing our inventory before we have to move ensures that we don’t have to send usable supplies to the landfill!

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