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 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.

Free Burma Rangers

These cuties are Karen refugee children, participating in a demonstration on behalf of Aung San Suu Kyi.

Medifree is sending 8 vaginal speculums to Free Burma Rangers, a brave group of travelling medics. If you haven't done so yet, please check out their website.

Recommended reading: A Land Without Evil: Stopping the Genocide of Burma's Karen People by Benedict Rogers.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Iraqi Health Now

Medifree was able to provide Iraqi Health Now (http://www.iraqihealthnow.org/) with 70 spinal needles, which have been urgently requested by the Children's Welfare Teaching Hospital in Baghdad. It is only a very small amount compared to the need, so we are looking for more.