Yet, there have been two major obstacles to their efforts. One is travel restrictions, because it means they've been unable to deliver medical supplies to aid workers. Now, one Twin Cities organization is stepping up to find a solution and you can help.
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Ocean freight is still an alternative option; however, delivery via that method could take months instead of days and Iverson acknowledged that getting money and supplies into the right hands has become a concern. "To me, the real challenge is the logistical management on the other side," he said. "Our concern is that they be taken away and not used as intended."GHM has supported many health initiatives in Liberia in coordination with the Lutheran Church. The group gives away medical supplies donated from nearly every health system in Minnesota. In fact, they're also taking donated supplies from New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital because they won't be able to send out teams of physicians as originally planned. According to Iverson, it's that decades long relationship and reliable response that prompted the health minister of Liberia to personally reach out to GHM for help. "I think the international response has been slow," Iverson admitted.
Many of those Liberians are now desperately trying to help relatives and friends back home.
7831 Hickory Street NEFridley, MN 55432FOLLOW: Global Health Ministries on FacebookThe group is currently ramping up efforts to get a massive freight container full of 30,000 pounds of medical supplies and get it to Liberia by next week. Pastor Tim Iverson, the executive director of GHM, is hoping his non profit will be able to provide the items with some assistance from Air Canada, since they are the only airline willing to carry the supplies to due to travel restrictions. "We were calling Delta, Brussels, United," Lein explained. "They have put an embargo on cargo going into Monrovia."
Fridley based Global Health Ministries is by far the largest group from Minnesota that is currently trying to help. Meanwhile, many others have suspended efforts to go into Liberia due to the outbreak. Instead, those groups are passing on their medical supplies to the Fridley based organization in the hopes that they'll be able to deliver it all. "I don't know of any medical teams going to Liberia," Scott Lien, director of operations for Global Health Ministries, confided in Fox 9 News. "Most have canceled. Most of the organizations are pulling their people out."Lien explained that the Ebola outbreak has led to unprecedented demand, and he admits it is putting a lot Nike Shoes Elite Series
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told Fox 9 News some have tried to capitalize on the good will of others by setting up fraudulent fundraisers. Below, you can find a list of verified groups that are working to address the epidemic."They're anticipating it'sgoingn to get much worse in Liberia," Lien told Fox 9 News. "This is just the start."
quickly. The need for medical supplies is both urgent and dire, which is why organizers are asking for volunteers to come and pack up boxes to send overseas. An event has been scheduled for Saturday Aug. at the following address:
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