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More Tourists Help Bring Supplies – Specialized Dressings!

More Tourists Help Bring Supplies – Specialized Dressings!

This is a picture of Villa Clara nurses receiving specialized dressings brought by tourists travelling to Varedaro Cuba. In November 2011 and again in November 2012 Thunder Bay Nurses Karen Parker and Lori Owens travelled to Villa Clara province in Cuba to teach clinic nurses the use of these highly specialized (and very expensive) wound dressings. The problem was that sending the dressings in containers meant they might end up anywhere and not be used properly. The answer to that problem: send them with…

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Blood Sugar Strips Delivered to Cuba thanks to Tourists Enroute

Blood Sugar Strips Delivered to Cuba thanks to Tourists Enroute

Two months ago Thunder Bay Regional Hospital gave us 7500 blood sugar test strips. They were still good but the hospital had switched to a different brand as J&J Medical no longer made these. The problem was that we did not have the machines to use them in. Finally the local hospital found a couple of the “Glucometers” in the Laboratory. They made sure they were working okay and gave them to us. We were then able to send the…

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CIDA Update…. and Our Need for More Dollars!

CIDA Update…. and Our Need for More Dollars!

In April of 2011 MEMO applied to the Canadian International Development agency for matching grant funds for help with expanding our life saving breast screening program in Cuba. Over the next five years it would allow us to have a total of 12 mobile breast screening clinics which would effectively screen a million women with a saving of 480 women’s lives a year. Unfortunately CIDA denied our request (the fifth since we began in 2004) because “…your proposal should have…

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