News from Summer of 2004
Our Spring Gala to was held on Friday, May 21, 2004 at Generations Hall.
After much effort working with Customs, we shipped our first ambulance to
our partners in Ecuador. The vehicle was valued at over $120,000 when new. We
thank Hospital Corporation of America for making this possible.
New Warehouse Facility
September 15, 2003 was a special day for New Orleans Medical Mission
Services Foundation. On this day, we relocated to a larger (2,800 sq. ft.)
warehouse located at in Harahan, LA. This facility can accommodate up to
five containers of medical equipment and supplies, with a separate storage
areas for materials requiring temperature control. In addition space is
available for cleaning, sorting, and repacking materials to be donated
and/or used on medical missions.
2004 Medical Missions
The Board of Directors has approved 2 medical missions
for 2004. The first will be in Mexico in Summer of 2004. The second will be
to Ecuador (Juntos con Ecuador III) during the Fall of 2004. Additional
information will be available in the coming months.
Equipment and Supply Donations
We currently have approximately 2 containers of equipment and supplies in
the warehouse. With the additional storage capacity we intend to obtain and
donate at a minimum, three containers of medical materials to the our
partners in Ecuador and Mexico. Requests have been received from several
other medical foundations in Latin America and Africa for donated medical
materials. Depending on the solicitation of materials and fund raising
levels, we may be able to accommodate current and additional requests.
Thanks to the devotion and commitment of our Gala Fund Raising volunteers
and the generosity of our benefactors, our 2003 Gala netted over $60,000. In
order to continue to expand our mission activity and donations of medical
materials, the second annual Gala is planned for spring of 2004.
Medical Mission to Ecuador
Congratulations and job well done to the participants
of Juntos con Ecuador II. The mission to Ecuador to work with the medical
staff of our partner organization, was comprised of 35 volunteers
representing General Surgery, Gynecology, Plastic Surgery, Dentistry,
Orthopedics, and Neonatology. Over seventy medical interventions were
performed during the week. In addition, over 480 eye exams were administered
by the volunteer physicians of the local hospital facility and eyeglasses
dispensed. We provided the eyeglasses.
The medical interventions were performed in three
locations, The majority of surgeries were performed at a local hospital, the
dental interventions were based at a local Children’s Hospital and the
Gynecology interventions were performed in a local Maternity Hospital.
In addition to the medical interventions, three presentations were made to
the specialist medical staff of the Hospital Vernaza by three of the NOMMS
To support the surgeries performed on the mission and to donate equipment and
supplies for use exclusively in the public medical operation of our Ecuadorian
partner, three separate shipments were delivered. A 40-foot container was sent
via sea, nine pallets were sent by air and the mission team carried 29 boxes.