Approximately twice a year The Melanie Jewson Foundation fills a crate of consumables and equipment for the Vila Central Hospital. Any hospital requires countless small items to support its day to day running and without easy access to quality cannulas, needles, syringes, tourniquets, cotton wool and gauze a hospital grinds to a halt. Additionally, many small pieces of equipment are used many times every day, such as blood glucose monitors, thermometers and blood pressure cuffs. While Vanuatu is able to source many of these pieces of equipment and consumable items, shortages are very common and things like blood glucose monitors have to be shared amongst a whole department.
The Melanie Jewson Foundation is proud to have donated two large shipments of consumable items and small pieces of equipment to date, and with your help we can continue to do so biannually.
Thanks to our very generous Foundation Partner Kalgin International Freight & Logistics, shipping is provided completely free of charge. Each crate we send is put together slightly differently – we always work closely with the hospital to establish their specific needs and do our best to tailor our shipment to those needs. Supplies we have sent in the past include wheelchairs, crutches, plaster for setting fractures and club foot procedures as well as exercise rehabilitation aids (such as walking frames). Each crate costs approximately AUD$2,000 to fill.
Would you like to target your donation to help us send more crates of supplies to Vanuatu? Click on the link above and simply follow the steps.