Dallas-based MediSend International Will Ship Over $1.5 million in Surplus Medical Supplies to Earthquake Ravaged Pakistan

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This Thursday, November 3rd, thanks to Dallas-based non-profit MediSend International, BHP Billiton (the world’s largest diversified resources company), and local businessman Eric Suder, over $1.5 million in surplus medical supplies and equipment will be shipped from Dallas to Pakistan to develop mobile emergency field clinics.

The people of Pakistan are in desperate need of medical support and supplies following the devastating earthquake and after-shocks. MediSend International is responding to Pakistan’s plea for aid by sending over $1.5 million in medical supplies.

Dallas entrepreneur, Eric Suder, Founder and CEO of ESI (Estech Systems, Inc), has partnered with MediSend to make the first of three container shipments possible. ESI designs and manufactures innovative business telephone systems. Suder and a cadre of his employees have also volunteered to spend the day on Thursday, November 3rd readying the shipment and loading it aboard trucks provided by National Freight for a trip to Houston where the huge containers will then board a Pakistan Airlines plane bound for Islamabad. BHP Billiton, the world’s largest diversified resources company headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, has come on-board to fund the shipment of a third container filled with the much needed medical relief supplies.

Every year in this country, hospitals, clinics and manufacturers discard over nine billion dollars worth of useable surplus medical equipment, supplies, and surgical instruments, all doomed to become environmental waste and landfill. These surplus items are desperately needed by doctors in developing countries to save lives in their villages and towns. Some of these areas are without the most basic medical care or infection control. Rubber gloves, sutures, syringes and scalpels are a luxury while in the US we consider them disposable and often discard them in the original packaging.

MediSend International, headquartered in North Dallas, has been quietly assuming a global role in the recovery and distribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment. Jane Goodall sits on the Board of Medisend International and last year Mary Jo Myers, wife of General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, visited Dallas on their behalf and was honored with the 2004 MediSend Humanitarian Award.

While MediSend has provided shipments to Tsunami victims as well as Afghanistan, Angola, Indonesia, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, India, Ethiopia, Mexico, Equatorial Guinea and Colombia, the three containers en route to Pakistan on Thursday will be the largest relief effort that they have undertaken to date.

Barry Irani, MediSend International Board Member who has been instrumental in organizing the shipment, is from India. His cousin is a Senator from Pakistan. They have come together in a way that shows that during times of pain and suffering, the two countries can cooperate for the benefit of a common goal: humanity.

The loading of the containers and trucks offers a great photo opportunity.

For more information and interviews with Eric Suder, BHP Billiton and/or Nick Hallack of MediSend Int., call Lou Ann York at 214-343-1599.

To learn about MediSend, visit http://www.medisend.org.


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