Liberia’s First Ambulance: Montreal to Vancouver

What do you get when two buddies team up KBNF, Diamond Delivery, Operation Nicaragua and Compassionate Resource Warehouse? One cold winter's drive, a yellow ambulance, and the first ambulance in Liberian history. David and Rick drove across Canada to deliver the ambulance to British Columbia, for packing and preparing for its' container shipment to Liberia.

Stay tuned for the next part of Patrick the Ambulance's travels to its' new home.

Part 2: Patrick? What's in a name. 

A New Container Delivered for Liberia!

We worked ourselves to the bone to send another container to Liberia, West Africa, and it is so amazing to know that the container has arrived!

Dr. James A. Sobboh, the acting CEO/Medical Director of Jackson F. Doe Hospital (the first hospital in Liberia to offer Neurosurgery, and our first hospital in Liberia with our ground breaking 2014 medical mission) sent us a wonderful letter:

Dear all,

The container from Canada arrived last weekend and was offloaded. I am attaching photos and as items are deployed, I will send more photos. I want to thank Marj and all of our friends in Vancouver for giving their time and finances to make this possible. This is like a Christmas gift to us. Thanks.


We are so grateful for these wonderful pictures showing the container in Liberia. Merry Christmas, Jackson F. Doe, and a Merry Christmas to all our donors, Barn Be Volunteers, Compassionate Resource Warehouse and Diamond Delivery for making the container possible! 

Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital Palliative Container

Palliative Care Unit in Tetteh Quarshie

The Tetteh Quarshie Memorial Hospital (T.Q.M.H.) was built and commissioned by the government of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in February 1961 in honour and memory of the late Tetteh Quarshie, a son of Mampong and pioneer of the Cocoa industry in Ghana. The hospital is sited on a hill on the south side of the National N4 highway route from Accra to Koforidua, Nkawkaw and Kumasi. It comprises several buildings with paved roads. A tour revealed the need unit to unit for equipment, stretchers, beds, and supplies. The 123-bed hospital serves a population of over 120,000 people spanning the entire semi-urban Akuapem Ridge, its rural valley and beyond, in Akropong, in the eastern region of Ghana (in the hills north of Accra). The hospital provides Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery, Medicine, Ophthalmology, Ear Nose Throat, Psychiatry and Dentistry. Consequently, the hospital handles general diseases such as malaria, anaemia, respiratory diseases, hernia, fractures, pregnancy and related diseases and gynaecological diseases (Wikipedia).

They launched the first palliative care unit spring 2016, securing the support of KBNF and Share the Care.

Champion: Dr Mawuli Gyakobo is the Medical Director of the hospital while 5 – 7 doctors serve this hospital.

Team Outcomes

We had an enthusiastic visit with the Medical Director, Dr Mawuli Gyakobo, hospital administration and staff. His passion for his people is palpable. Appreciation for the Share the Care committee and KBNF / CRW was very evident. A tour was conducted of the newly renovated palliative care unit. Private rooms + a nursing station + a conference room are ready. The 1 palliative patient hospitalized was stationed on another unit. When more patients are requiring palliative care, the unit would be fully operational.

The container shipment was well received. Having only been received 2 weeks earlier, many of the items were already distributed while many more were housed in storage waiting placement. Our team was actually quite amazed how organized they were. The Chief Administrator held a handover celebration. He shared how grateful they are for our container and how valuable the contents are. So many times, when they receive donations, they are not consulted in advance and the items are not suitable. When the container doors were opened, they knew immediately that this was very different, that the contents were of excellent quality and very necessary for their hospital.
Because of the generous donation by a KBNF Founding Director, whose family has been served by this hospital for over a hundred years, we were able to announce that a large portion of another container has been funded.

Nigerian Neurosurgery Unit Damaged in Fire!

Tragic news, family!


Our dear friends in Nigeria, Neurosurgeon Dr. David Udoh, his Head Nurse Priscilla and their staff came to us with news that a fire broke out in their unit.


Years ago, we sent a container of medical equipment and supplies to set up the Neurosurgery unit at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital. Our 2009 Medical Mission had us in that unit conducting surgery and helping the people of Nigeria.


Dr. Udoh comes on all our Medical Missions, and is an integral part of the KBNF Family. We need to bring them some relief. Help us put the money together to send them a container to replace what was lost.


Help Rebuild UBTH's Neurosurgery Ward

Help us send a shipping container of medical equipment and supplies to Dr. Udoh’s Neurosurgery Ward in the University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Nigeria. Dr. Udoh and his team are instrumental to KBNF’s success in West Africa. It’s time to help!

Container Sent! Tetteh Quarshie is getting a Palliative Care Unit!

We are over the moon about our last container shipment which was packed and ready to go February 11th 2016, from our Delta barn. Supplies and equipment to support a Palliative Care Unit are en route for the Tetteh Quarshie region of Ghana, thanks to our donors, sponsors and volunteers.


We had a wonderful, special time loading from Delta with members of the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Team, Ghanaian Community, Church Communities, Compassionate Resource Warehouse & Diamond Delivery volunteers there to help us through.

What a blessing!

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