Posted on :Wednesday , 20th February 2019
Project C.U.R.E. in Tempe provides medical help to developing countries like helping pack shipments of medical supplies headed for some of the countries, including India, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mexico.
Project C.U.R.E., the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries on a worldwide basis.
The organization, ranked by Forbes as one of the 20 most systematic large U.S. charities, was created in 1987 by international economist James Jackson, who was extremely shocked to discover in a Brazilian clinic that patients were often turned away due to a lack of basic medical supplies.
Returning to his home in Colorado, Jackson and his friends in the medical industry collected $250,000 worth of supplies to send to that clinic.
Since then, Project C.U.R.E. has catered to many cities all over the United States and maintains distribution warehouses in Arizona, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Tennessee.
During the last two years, the organization shipped 181 semi-truck size containers worth $60,947,977 in medical supplies and equipment to 50 countries.
Douglas Jackson, the founder's son who became president and CEO in 1997, said, "We are very proud of the number of countries we serve."
Supplies and programs include suitcase-size C.U.R.E. kits consisting of necessary exam and wound-care materials that can be easily carried abd transferred to international communities in need.
Hospitals as well as manufacturers have donated supplies and equipment ranging from hospital beds and gurneys to anesthesia machines and infant incubators.
Help also comes in the form of doctors, surgical/laboratory experts and biomedical technicians who train and guide local medical personnel.
For occurance, the Helping Babies Survive suite of modules help develop local Master Trainers who direct nurses and midwives and update facility skills in an effort to tackle that 99 percent of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.
And then there is also the PhilanthroTravel Program, wherein donors can come together and coneect on a first-hand basis with medical communities by meeting with patients and staff in hospitals and also connecting with local leaders.