Mercy abroad

Friday, 12 September 2008

Each year Mater engages in a range of activities as part of its commitment to offering compassionate care to the sick and needy. Often these initiatives take place on home soil. At other times Mater takes its action abroad.

A year spent volunteering in Uganda in 2006 was the impetus behind Mater Biomedical Engineering Services Manager Graham Carter’s decision to team up with Director of Supply Services, Terry van der Ham, who was already using his contacts to ship containers to needy hospitals.

The duo commenced what has become an ongoing commitment to sending medical equipment and health care supplies to needy communities, with vital support from Mater staff.

In early 2008, they set up a Mater Project Team to organise a container for the underprivileged people of Nakiwogo, the Watoto Babies Home, Sanyu Babies Home, CoRSU (rehabilitation unit) and The International Hospital, Kampala.

The container (donated by DHL) left Brisbane in September filled with supplies such as X-ray equipment, beds, scopes, medication, fridges, clothing, blankets, sheets and pots and pans left Brisbane bound for Uganda.

Mr van der Ham said that money was also donated which will be used to purchase mosquito nets in Uganda for the local people.

The support from the team, particularly at Mater Private Hospital Brisbane, was invaluable. The countless community items and many medical books and journals would never have been included if it was not for their efforts.

This was by far the most successful container we have sent to date.

Mr Terry van der Ham,
Director of Supply Services

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    Mater staff packing the container bound for Uganda.Mater supplies arrive in Entebbe, Uganda.Intensive Care Unit bed with Mater donated equipment.Dinner time at Sanyu, a home for abandoned babies.

To ensure we continue our commitment to meet the health care needs of the community, Mater has developed business strategies which address the issues of financial, social and environmental sustainability.

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