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

Monday, December 29, 2008

from Khassan Baiev

Dear Ms Storm,
Thank you very much for the e.mail about medical supplies. I am very interested. At long last, I am travelling back to chechnya where I am operating on children who are victims of war. We desperately need medical supplies. I will put together a list and send it to you.
Bless you for organizing this. Wish you all the best of the New Year, Sincerely, Khassan Baiev

Dr. Khassan Baiev is Chairman of the International Committee for the Children of Chechnya and author of the incredible, unforgettable book, The Oath, which has just been published in paperback under the title, Grief of my Heart: Memoirs of a Chechen Surgeon.


Saturday, December 20, 2008

from Tarek Meguid

Dear Maia,
thank you so much for this mail and the effort you put into this. I think this is truly great and we might indeed need to approach you sometime in the future.
What you write sounds fascinating, it feels very good to hear what you are doing and I am very sure people in dire need will in fact and actually benefit from this.
Many thanks for that.
And many greetings

Hello Dr. Meguid, I was quite moved by your article in "Health and Human Rights", as well as by Dr. Farmer's. I am an immigration attorney specializing in advocacy for prisoners/detainees, and have also been involved with several small ngos seeking medical supplies for use in Haiti and Iraq. While searching for a way to make a greater contribution, I decided on the idea you will find at http://www.suturesareahumanright.blogspot.com/.
After less than one week, I have already had positive responses.
I wanted to share its launch with you, since you are quoted right at the top! and also hope that if I can be of help to you, you will let me know.