Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gabon Shipping Container Update

September 2017 Update:

The June container has arrived and has been processed!  Thank you for your help on this!

Our next container will likely be sent in late February 2018.  More updates to follow.

March 2017 Update:

Gabon teammates work to unload the November '16 container at Bongolo.
In 2017, there will only be one Container sent to Gabon.  It will be packed up on or near June 1st.

If you have something to send, please do not send it until April 1st.  How to send?  Read below.

If you are sending medical items, Coleen L. is coordinating that, so please email her to verify what you are sending or if you have questions about what is needed.  Her email is:  coliemark@gmail.com.

Here is the current NEEDS list for Bongolo Hospital:

A.  VITAMINS:  Centrum (or similar with all the trace minerals) multivitamins for children especially, but also for adults. Please don’t send the round, gumball like Centrum children, but the chewable ones

B.  Artificial Tears like Systane or generic                                                                                                             
C.  Delivery table and OR table covers made out of flat sheets (see instructions below)**

D.  *sterilization wraps

E.  EYE GLASSES & CASES:  new reading glasses, glass cases (homemade or bought), good used eye glass frames (either you or they will remove the present glass), disposable pen lights for eye clinic. Look for ideas on making glass cases on  the Internet. 

F.  TOYS:  Small toys or stickers for kids who come to the eye clinic.

G. (for those who can get medical supplie) Interosseus Needles, and chest tubes sizes 10-16 and adult 30-40, and chest tube draining systems. Spinal Needs #22 & #25, and triple lumen central line catheters for children and adults.  (NOTE:  there are organizations that will donate some of these items, but you need to pay the shipping.  If  you are interested in helping send these needed items, let Coleen L. know)

H. long white lab coats;  new or slightly used scrubs sizes small to medium (right now there are enough of the larger)

I. children’s patient gowns (see patterns on Internet)

J. inexpensive “sippy cups” and "baby spoons"

K. reusable underpads (34” x 36”) See web sites like www.allegromedical.com

L.  OTHER ITEMS:  If you have items you think might be useful, but are not on the list, please e-mail Coleen (coliemark@gmail.com) or call her at 218-245-2706. Please let other churches know about the shipment.  Once again, that you for  your generous giving!

* Instructions for sterilization wraps: finished sizes needed  are 12” x 12”, 24” x 24”, 36” x 36”. 48” x 48”.  You can make them out of gently used cotton and cotton/polyester material or  sheets or old cloth tablecloths. Don’s use flannel as it is too loose a weave.  Preferred colors are blue, green or white solid (others accepted though).  To make them, cut the material 1/2” larger than the size wanted.  They are to be double thickness, with the seams on the inside.  After sewing the two pieces of material, turn it inside right, then sew a seam about 1/2” around the entire square and then an “X” from corner to corner.  this way, when they are washed, they will stay in place.  Questions?  Call me at 218-245-2706.

**Instructions for delivery table sheets: use flat sheets twin or full size, any color, out of cotton or cotton/polyester. Fold sheet in half so it is 48” x 66” (twin) or 48”x 81” (full).  Sew or Zig-zag around the entire doubled sheet, including the folded side, close to the edge.   Then measure half way down (33” or 40.1”) and sew across the sheet. 


Thanks for your Partnership and Teamwork!


Jan 2017 Update:

The Gabon team may only have one shipping container this year, perhaps sometime between April and June.  The decision should be made sometime this week.

No empty pill bottles will be needed for the time being- there is a current surplus... thanks for all your hard work!  A list of critical needs will be posted soon.

Note:  You can now use "www.gaboncontainer.org" if that helps to remember where to get up to date info. 

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