‘Physicians with heart’ trip delivers $8 million in medical supplies to Kyrgyzstan – Newsletter

‘Physicians with heart’ trip delivers $8 million in medical supplies to Kyrgyzstan – Newsletter – Brief Article

Matthew Neff

A delegation consisting of more than 50 medical professionals, business leaders, and other volunteers recently returned from the country of Kyrgyzstan, where it delivered nearly $8 million worth of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to health facilities throughout the country. This delegation represented the 11th airlift of the Physicians with Heart partnership. Delegation members helped distribute and document receipt of the medical supplies and pharmaceuticals, which will be distributed free of charge. They also conducted medical symposia, updated local physicians on the current uses of all donated medicines, discussed the importance of implementing family medicine in the country’s health care system, and participated in special projects at multiple children’s institutions that care for refugees, children with special needs, and orphans. Physicians with Heart is an international humanitarian project sponsored by a coalition of the AAFP, the AAFP Foundation, and Heart to Heart International, a humanitarian aid organization based in Olathe, Kan. The partnership’s mission is to mobilize resources to improve health, provide medical education, and foster the development of family medicine worldwide. Physicians with Heart has delivered more than $90 million in aid to former Soviet Republics and Vietnam since 1993. For more information on the airlift, visit the AAFP Web site at http://www.aafp.org/airlift.xml.

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