You may know that ventilators are in high demand and short supply during this COVID-19 virus outbreak. What you may not know is that there are ventilator units available, they just need to be refurbished.
The good news is that used equipment donations can be repaired and turned into reliable, usable machines for reuse in hospitals, and we are already working on it! CURE International biotech engineers and procurement team members are acquiring viable medical equipment and making old machines into new usable ones again and available to hospitals in need.
As an organization that operates charitable, pediatric hospitals in underserved areas of the world, we rely on our biomedical engineers to refurbish medical equipment to a high standard to keep our hospitals sustainable. With our merger with International Aid in 2019, we became one of the largest reconditioners of medical equipment in the non-profit sector.
So, what are we doing to help during the COVID-19 outbreak?
Currently, we have five ventilators that have been prepared for United States COVID response emergency field hospitals run by Samaritan’s Purse. “Samaritan’s Purse is deeply grateful for the ventilators CURE has just provided to us. Your generous help as partners in the battle against COVID-19 puts us in a great position to help save lives and reduce suffering.” Steve Nickel, JD VP Donor Ministries at Samaritan’s
In addition, our team will continue to work on restoring ventilators, monitors, test lung, oxygen enrichment attachments, and patient circuits for use in emergency hospital situations and for our charitable hospitals in Africa and the Philippines.
“The current COVID-19 pandemic presents a new set of challenges and opportunities. Our hospitals need to be prepared for the possibility of caring for sick COVID-19 patients. Ventilators have been prepared for each of our hospitals and are being air freighted later this week. In addition, vital supplies of masks, gowns, and eye protection will be sent. We are delighted that the team has been able to support the vital work of Samaritan’s Purse through the provision of other ventilators. This crisis has united healthcare providers and NGOs alike as we all strive to support the communities where we serve. It has also highlighted the multifaceted nature of our organization and has shone a light on members of our remarkable team who work behind the scenes. Their expertise and commitment is a huge blessing and we appreciate them more than ever.” – Dr. Rick Gardner, CURE Medical Director
Watch Mark Heidenburg on refurbishing ventilators at CURE International for use in hospitals in the video above.
The mission at CURE International is to heal the sick and proclaim the kingdom of God. We are finding ways to use our resources to help the children waiting for healing at our hospitals as well as helping our neighbors and communities where we operate to get through this difficult time.
About CURE International
CURE International is a Christian nonprofit organization that operates a global network of pediatric surgical hospitals, which serve one of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable populations – children with disabilities. Patients at CURE hospitals suffer from orthopedic, neurosurgical, and maxillofacial conditions that limit their mobility/functionality and opportunities for education and employment. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE intentionally ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients in its care and invests in training programs that aim to equip the next generation of health workers and strengthen national health care systems. Since inception, CURE has conducted more than 5.3 million patient visits and 330,000 surgical procedures around the world. For more information, visit https://cure.org/.