“Midmark’s partnership with the Zambia Health Project brings a very tangible source of hope. With their support, we are working to ensure that pregnancy and childbirth are more synonymous with joy than with fear and that children will become better nourished and receive proper treatment to overcome
DAYTON, Ohio (PRWEB) February 16, 2018
In commitment to the belief that all people deserve accessible, quality healthcare, Midmark Corp. continues its partnership with World Vision, a global Christian humanitarian organization, dedicated to providing healthcare to developing countries. Midmark supports this, among other charitable organizations, by donating medical and dental equipment through corporate sponsorships and product promotions.
World Vision's Moyo and Hamaundu Area Development Programs (ADPs) were struggling with a lack of adequate medical care for years. In Hamaundu, the health clinic was a dilapidated building without a roof and necessities such as water, electricity, medical hardware, supplies, and medicines, as well as medical staff. Tragically, young children and other vulnerable populations would needlessly die from treatable or preventable conditions, and women endured great fear during pregnancy and delivery, simply because the proper medical care was not available to them.
World Vision’s well-established Gifts in Kind (GIK) system of procuring donated materials and supplies is contributing to the hospital and health center with provisions such as doctor’s chairs, exam tables, floor tiles and other key items. Equipment such as power exam tables, a pediatric exam table, lighting, sterilizers, seating and waste receptacles were all donated by Midmark in 2017 and used in Zambia, specifically in the Moyo Level 1 Hospital that opened in September 2017, and the Kanchomba clinic established in 2016.
“Midmark’s partnership with the Zambia Health Project brings a very tangible source of hope. With their support, we are working to ensure that pregnancy and childbirth are more synonymous with joy than with fear and that children will become better nourished and receive proper treatment to overcome disease,” said Jack Laverty, director, corporate engagement for World Vision. Laverty continued, “These donations help citizens feel empowered and give them the inspiration and skills to continue advocating for their community's needs, while community leaders continue to be equipped and mobilized to further lead and influence community improvements in health and well-being.”
In 2017, Midmark donated nearly 500 items such as sterilizers, side chairs, stools, exam tables, cabinets and surgical chairs to World Vision, who then distributed them around the world, including Afghanistan, Burundi, Chad, El Salvador, Mali, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Swaziland and Zambia.
Midmark Teammates also participated in two World Vision mission trips to Appalachia in 2017. Appalachia, a 205,000 square-mile region, covers 399 counties in 13 states and 25 percent of these counties have been deemed distressed. As the culture is greatly influenced by geographic isolation, the majority of the population falls below the 200 percent poverty level. Through World Vision, Midmark has donated equipment to help improve access to quality medical care in critical areas of the United States, including the assembly of Caregiver Kits over the past five years. The teammates enjoyed helping those in their own ‘backyard’ so to speak. The volunteer mission trip allowed Midmark Teammates to help those in need, bringing hope and kindness.
“World Vision is our number one NGO partnership. Over the past nine years, we’ve been able to donate more than 10,000 pieces of medical equipment to developing countries with less than adequate equipment,” said Mitch Eiting, global philanthropic and corporate giving manager. “Also, through World Vision, we are able to help those in need right here at home. Our teammates embrace the idea of ‘paying it forward’ — we are planning another mission trip for 2018.”