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We finally managed to send our long awaited container to El Salvador! Originally scheduled to be loaded last March, the container had to be cancelled when the beds slated to be included were recalled by Winnipeg Regional Health Authority hours before loading was to begin. Unfortunately, we had to vacate our warehouse space and we couldn’t reschedule the container until we were offered short-term use of warehouse space. Luckily for us, our partner hospitals had continued to collect supplies while we were closed so on Saturday, October 17th, we finally began loading this long overdue container. Thanks to our wonderful loadmasters Wayne and Paul and 11 members of the our local El Salvadorian community, the container was packed and secured by one o’clock! We usually are able to offer a decent number of beds, but with the closure we had fewer than usual, but we did have two birthing beds,…

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Photo by Nicolas Raymond (www.freestock.ca) / This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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.

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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