First Lady Margaret Kenyatta on Tuesday participated in the loading of critical life-saving medical supplies into a 40-foot container which is destined for Chemolingot Hospital in Baringo County.
She was joined in the exercise by senior staff from Project C.U.R.E led by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Doug Jackson, Scottsdale City Mayor Jim Lane and the Governor of Arizona among other key leaders from the Arizona State.
After the loading exercise, the First Lady thanked Project C.U.R.E staff and its volunteers for undertaking a cause that “takes hope and help to people living in very hard, harsh and hostile environments”, she said in reference to Chemolingot hospital in East Pokot , Baringo County.
The Shillings 50 million worth of medical supplies forms the first consignment that Project C.U.R.E plans to ship to Kenya in coming weeks and which the Beyond Zero campaign plans to distribute to needy hospitals across different counties, especially the under-served regions.
C.U.R.E is an acronym for the Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment- the world’s largest medical supply and recovery organization that identifies and collects excess medical supplies from US hospitals and medical manufacturers.
The Charitable organization then distributes the country-customized medical supplies to resource-limited communities across the globe, touching the lives of patients, families and children in more than 130 countries.
The First Lady assured the donors that the first recipient hospital has been assessed and approved to be the most needy.
“This health facility (Chemolingot) has been through an assessment process, and identified as a hospital most in need of receiving this first shipment”, said the First Lady.
She also praised the donors for ensuring the medical supplies meet the needs of the recipient institution.
“I have been assured that medical supplies we are loading here today meet the needs of the healthcare facility, and will be compatible and useful to the community”, she added
The First Lady especially thanked the Project C.U.R.E volunteers for their time, energy and dedication in their work to ensure healthcare is available to vulnerable societies of the world
“You are making life-saving resources available to those at the very margins of our global village”, said the First Lady
Turning to Beyond Zero under whose auspices the medical supplies are being shipped to needy hospitals in Kenya, the First Lady said she was doing whatever she can to help make a difference and transform the health landscape in Kenya
“I have committed time and energy; built strong relationships with partners and friends to raise funds and resources that will complement existing health infrastructure”, she told the donors led by Project C.U.R.E Chief Executive Officer, Doug Jackson.
She said the Beyond Zero Campaign has so far successfully delivered 36 fully kitted mobile clinics across Kenya over the 18 months since the initiative was launched.
The First Lady however said much more remains to be done to alleviate needless pain and suffering among mothers and children.
“My dream is to ensure sustainable and innovative solutions are offered to Kenyans through collaborative partnerships such as these we see today”, said the first Lady whose efforts was praised by various key Project C.U.R.E senior staff including Dr. Jackson.
Senior Kenyan officials accompanying the First Lady at the function included Ambassador to the US, Robison Njeru Githae and PS for Health Dr. Nicholas Muraguri.