In 2017, Hurricane Irma and Maria devastated the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis. The results were unavoidable but action was taken to reduce the amount of deaths in the area. The government of St. Kitts and Nevis’ reached out to us for assistance. Thankfully, we could partner with MedShare and we were able to provide medical supplies and equipment to the region. The supplies that we took included anesthesia kits, antiseptics, blood administration sets, bandages, biohazard waste bags, canes, beds, catheters, crutches, baby wipes, mattresses, diapers, dressings, gloves, wheelchairs, other critical supplies.
Minerva Saddler, UfHI’s Interim VP, Partnerships and Engagement, traveled to St. Kitts to deliver the items and spend time with the residents. Saddler gave the supplies to the minister of health, gender, community affairs, and social services. With the director of health services, she visited the facilities that received the donations. Below are a few stories of the people in St. Kitts & Nevis that we helped.
Sandra is a woman that lives in the St. Kitts and Nevis who has lost her right leg and was left immobile and depressed. After receiving a wheelchair from our program, she felt revived due to her mobility and feels she can enjoy a thriving life filled with independence and dignity.
Sammy is a 7-year-old boy whose entire right leg was damaged after he was “roughed up” at school. As a result, his mother believed that her son would never walk the same again. Saddler said, “I cried after hearing Sammy’s story.” We provided him a walker that was critical to his stability and recovery. The walker was the first that this ministry in St. Kitts & Nevis had ever owned.
A member of the senior citizen community in the region said, “We have no caretakers and have been abandoned.” Through our project, we donated mattresses that allowed the facility to house more clients and we also donated more walkers to the facility. “I’ve never seen people so happy to have a bed,” Saddler said.
Irchitho Daniel is a woman in St. Kitts & Nevis who lost her leg. She also received a wheelchair from us which gave her mobility and more freedom from her injury.
The supplies that were donated to the community will be used for a great cause. Once sorted, the equipment and furniture will be used to create a community clinic. After the clinic is started, the members of the rural community we served will no longer need to travel to the city to access healthcare.
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