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.


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