Medical aid shipped to Laos

Thursday, 16 October 2008

On 16 October 2008 a 40-foot shipping container was packed with medical equipment for delivery to Phonsavan, Xieng Khuang Province in Laos. Laos is one of the least developed countries in South-East Asia where health problems persist including the endemic diseases of malaria and dengue fever.

In keeping with a commitment to assist underprivileged communities, Mater collaborated with leading South-East Asia copper and gold producer PanAust Limited to donate medical supplies to a hospital in need.

Supplies were carefully selected to match the urgent requirements of the hospital including fridges, crutches, beds, baby humidifiers, examination tables, bed linen and rehabilitation equipment.

Mater Health Services Director of Supply Services Mr Terry van der Ham said the hospital was pleased to contribute towards improving health services in Laos, where life expectancy at birth is 25 years below Australia and the infant mortality rate is 16 times higher.

Mater has a history of offering compassionate service to the sick and needy, and as part of our mission we have previously provided surplus supplies to countries in Africa and also Papua New Guinea.

Having seen the desperate need for even the most basic medical supplies in these needy countries, we have been very glad to assist PanAust in making this vital delivery to our nearest region.

Mr Terry van der Ham,
Mater Health Services Director of Supply Services

Thanks to PanAust, Mater’s donation arrived in Laos in December and was gratefully received.

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    PanAust and Mater staff pack the container with medical suppliesDirector Adult Critical Care Services Dr Peter Cook lends a handShipment of medical supplies being unloaded in Laos.Shipment of medical supplies being unloaded in Laos.

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