Container Shipment #3 arrived in Tappita!

KBNF friends and family, container #3 has been unloaded, safe and sound, in Liberia!
Our “love in a can” project of a 1,000 beds, medical supplies and equipment is well on its way to realization, as more and more donations continue to come in from across the country.
We loaded container #6 last week in Victoria and an Alberta couple drove out from Red Deer with a truck packed with hospital supplies from their local hospital. There they were, loading a container on their vacation. Healing is oozing out of these containers. It has too! So much love is being packed into it. Hospital staff, administrators, biomedical engineers, hotel and linen industry, delivery services, churches, on and on, I could go. Retirees (totally NOT retired from active duty!) join together week after week, day after day, preparing shipments for humanity.
As container #3 was unloaded, I received a phone call from Dr. Francis Kateh, Deputy Minister of Health and Dr. Ben Kolee, CMO, Jackson F. Doe Hospital, expressing their excitement as they were unloading our container. It brings such enthusiasm to all of our teams to know how much these contents are bringing hope and help.IMG_1131

Thanks Marj; my staff is very enthusiastic and grateful. We feel so blessed to have you in this partnership. This is one reason Jackson Doe Memorial Hospital continues to provide quality medical care in a huge ocean of broken health infrastructure; we are very grateful to you all.

Warm regards,

Sincerely yours.

Dr. Ben Kolee
Chief Medical Officer

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Dr. Francis Kateh, KBNF Partner, Appointed Deputy Minister of Health & Chief Medical Officer of Liberia

 

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has appointed Dr. Francis Kateh Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer for Liberia.

MONROVIA 4.10.14 004Join KBNF as we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Francis Kateh, as he has accepted the position of Deputy Minister of Health and Chief Medical Officer for Liberia. Not a position for the faint at heart, especially in the aftermath of the nationally grave Ebola crisis, Francis has a unique opportunity to have a key leadership role in rebuilding the entire Liberian health care system.
 
Francis deeply cares for his people. Heart Power! at its finest. Dr. Kolee writes: “We are very elated by this and hope that he will exert leadership that will affect the entire country.”
 
 
TAPPITA 8.4.14 063As the Ebola crisis winds down, the established community centres are expected to remain open to support patient care. Dr. Kateh reports that he is earmarking which clinics and hospitals around the country will receive KBNF containers filled to the gills with donated hospital beds, equipment and medical supplies. He believes that these containers will transform these vulnerable centres and bring hope and healing to a hurting nation.
 
 
 
 
His gratitude is palpable. He is anxious to return to Canada and share the stories and photos of the impact our container shipments are making in Liberia. We’ll keep you posted.

Marj
 
 


Ontario in Action: KBNF Makes History

 
ONTARIO BEDS.5On April 15th, 50 beds were loaded in Burlington, Ontario, home of the Crossroads Communications warehouse. Another 100 beds are awaiting transport as soon as KBNF has the shipping funds. These beds were donated by Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Toronto General Hospital.
 
 
 
 
CROSSROADS COMMUNICATIONS APRIL 15, 2015Canadians across the land have risen to the charge of supporting Liberia in their grave time of need. Dell Wergeland, President of Compassionate Resource Warehouse, worked with David Shelley’s warehouse volunteers, men that have left their busy farms for a few precious hours, to get these 400 pound beds loaded.
 
 
 
 
ONTARIO BEDS.3Donations received and shipped from Ontario is a first for KBNF. Avi D’Souza of Not Just Tourists – Toronto Chapter took this desperate need to heart and took action. Receiving the support of the University Health Network meant quality donations will be in full use for many many years to come, in the heart of Africa.
 
 
 
 
And much appreciation goes to 100 Huntley St. for their generous support in housing these beds and providing the volunteers, several farmers that left their chores during their busy farming season to manually load these beds. THAT is a miracle!

Marj
 
 


A note from Francis Kateh: March 18

 
Liberia has gone 26 days without a single new case. Jackson F. Doe Hospital has been the only hospital that has not shut its doors during the entire crisis. The hospital is fully functional and the need for the supplies on the containers can’t be over emphasized. I am in Ganta doing border surveillance training to help in maintaining Zero in the country. . . . Thanks a million.