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 24, 2009

Surgical Instruments

Thanks to a generous discount from Aesculap and an anonymous donor, we were able to purchase several thousand dollars worth of surgical instruments for Dr. Baiev's work. His email response reads in part:

I have just returned from Chechnya to find the medical instruments waiting for me. What a wonderful surprise!.....

I have been in Chechnya for the past three months operating on children with birth defects. At that time, I wish I had had the micro scissors with me as well as the forceps. The delicate instruments are essential in the kind of work I am doing. I look forward to putting the new ones to use.

I plan to spend some time observing the work on burns which is being done at Shriners Hospital in Boston. At that time, I plan to look at the kind of dermatome which would be most useful. [dermatome is surgical instrument used in skin grafting] There are so many kids in Chechnya with both burns and burns scar. Unfortunately, we still have many hundreds of mines spread around the country side.

..... Many children in Chechnya will bless you. . . . .

If you haven't read Dr. Baiev's book yet, do so! Grief of My Heart: Memoirs of a Chechen Surgeon.
If you want to help purchase a dermatome, we would be most grateful for any contributions. Send to us, or go to the website http://www.chechenchildren.org/.