by DG Cindi O’Neil
Rotarians in the Rotary Club of Eugene Southowne have been shipping used medical equipment to African medical clinics for 12 years. In partnership with CardioStart International, Rotary receives used medical equipment and supplies that are no longer needed at local hospitals. CardioStart assesses needs in-country making sure that the equipment sent is useful and needed.
CardioStart’s focus is saving lives of children with congenital heart defects though surgery and teaching and training local surgeons during their medical missions. Often just one mission can assist and treat hundreds of patients. The Eugene Southtowne Club accepts the equipment donations and provides careful and thoughtful sorting of equipment and supplies, packing, and coordinating the shipping container to Africa. These donations of equipment are left behind for future use in the clinics, increasing their capacity to serve their community. Learn more here.