Welcome to the blog for http://www.medifree.org/, an organization whose mission it is to secure medical supplies for small, on-the-ground providers of care.

Every human being, no matter who they are or where they live, has the right to sutures. And of course, we are using sutures to symbolize all the medical needs that human beings have.

Here are two doctors, whose words have inspired us to take up the challenge of 'doing more.' --

" 'More' is to feel responsible when our sisters in poor countries die because their human rights did not include sutures."
Dr. Tarek Maguid, Lilongwe, Malawi

"When we can discuss solemnly the 'right to sutures' even as we discuss gender inequality and torture, we will have succeeded in shifting the agenda in a way that makes sense to the world's poor and marginalized. This should be the goal of the health and human rights movement in the 21st century. "
Dr. Paul Farmer, Partners in Health

Please consider contributing to the organizations we assist, or directly to Medifree to help us give where we feel the need is greatest and the resources least available.

If you have no money to give: "Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are."
(Nkosi Johnson, 12 year old Zulu boy, who lived with AIDS).

You may contact us by commenting on a post or by sending us an email at sutures1@live.com. Our snail mail address is P.O. Box 51334, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49005 USA, and our telephone number is 269 384-5755. We look forward to hearing from you!

Let us "preach the truth as if we had a million voices, for it is silence that kills the world."
-- St. Catherine of Sienna

Friday, April 29, 2011

Baby Clothes!

Father Wayne Dziekan from Graylord Michigan recently visited Casa Materna in Nicaragua, and took some baby gifts and some little girl dresses, plus a beautiful quilt. The plan was to distribute them on Easter.

Please check out www.casamaterna.org, which serves women with high-risk pregnancies in rural Nicaragua.

How about giving a donation for Mother's Day this year??

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thanks Again, Global Links!

Global Links has sent more than 200 sutures to Mike Ursiny (www.MikeUrsiny.com) here in the States to be taken onward to Cameroon in support of the work of Dr. Georges Bwelle. You can listen to NPR's "The Story" about this amazing doctor; it aired in October and you can go to http://www.thestory.org/, and click on "archives" to find it. Or check out Dr. Bwelle's website, http://www.ascovime.fr/.
Medifree has also donated spinal needles and 12 boxes of iodine swabsticks, which were donated by Med-Eq. Both Global Links and Med-Eq take excess medical supplies and 're-gift' them to needy health-care providers. And both organizations can use your support!

Learn more about Dr. Bwelle

Learn more about Dr. Bwelle by clicking here.

Monday, August 9, 2010

ooh baby!

Here's a new batch of beanie hats ready to go to Partners in Health for distribution in Rwanda. www.hotheadknitters.blogspot.com. Not a boring pastel in the lot!

Medifree has also sent eight metal speculums to Free Burma Rangers, so the medics can better serve women, but thankfully we will not be posting a photo of these instruments. Ouch.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Sutures for Chechnya

Global Links has again come through with donated sutures, this time for Dr. Khassan Baiev's work in Chechnya. The children there suffer so much, and have mostly been forgotten by the world. Check him out on You Tube.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Beanies for Rwandan Babies

Like to knit or crochet? Check out http://www.hotheadknitters.blogspot.com/.

Here you will find out how to keep Rwandan newborns (and babies at other places where Partners in Health works) warm and healthy.

Medifree has sent this small donation of homemade hats and pillowcase dresses.