Meeting the Healthcare Needs of People in Poverty, Disasters and Violence
Project C.U.R.E delivers life-saving medical equipment, supplies and services to meet the needs of people in poverty, disasters and violence. At least 400 million people have no basic healthcare. Every two seconds, someone aged 30 to 70 loses their lives to noncommunicable disease such as cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes or cancer. Many in the developing world have little to no access to identification, detection or treatment.
That’s where Project C.U.R.E. makes a difference. By providing the necessary medical equipment and supplies, doctors have the resources to care for their patients.
Poverty: The annual global median per capita family income is $2980, or about $250 per month. For many countries such as DR Congo, Liberia, Burundi, Malawi and others, the median per capita family income is less than $400 per year, or about $35 a month. When a patient visits the hospital, they are often required to bring their own medical supplies, linens and food. If they can’t afford it, they are often untreated. Project C.U.R.E. donates millions of dollars of medical supplies including gloves, gauze, needles and syringes, bandages and other necessities so that hospitals and clinics have the resources needed to care for their patients.
Mothers and Infants: Childbirth is a leading cause of death for women around the world. At Project C.U.R.E. we believe that women should not lose their lives while giving life. Conditions such as hemorrhage, eclampsia, infection and obstructed labor are treatable with the proper medical supplies and equipment. Likewise, children under the age of five are at risk of asphyxia and trauma in childbirth, respiratory distress, infections, diarrhea and malaria. Project C.U.R.E. responds by providing delivery beds, surgical instruments, incubators and baby warmers, monitors, sterilizers and the necessary medical supplies such as sterile gloves, suture, IV starting kits, an more. In addition, Project C.U.R.E. trains nurses, midwives and birth attendants on skills to resuscitate babies in asphyxia, care for hemorrhaging mothers and address healthcare in the first month following childbirth.
Climate Disasters and Earthquakes: Hospitals and clinics are generally unprepared to address the incredible healthcare needs following hurricanes, cyclones, floods, earthquakes or other disasters. For most facilities, the normal, daily requirements of caring for the community uses all available resources. When disaster strikes, the healthcare system is overwhelmed. Project C.U.R.E. provides healthcare system strengthening in preparation for the catastrophes by providing necessary items such as trauma, emergency, orthopedic and surgical equipment and supplies. Project C.U.R.E. donates emergency medical supplies and equipment following the disasters, as well. Project C.U.R.E. has responded to disasters in Afghanistan, Haiti, Indonesia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mexico, Morocco, Pakistan, Syria, Türkiye, Uzbekistan and others.
War and Violence: Nothing is more disturbing than people intentionally doing harm to other people. Women, men and children suffer horrific injuries and trauma at the hands of others and are powerless to stop the violence. Whether in a declared war or guerilla incursions, Project C.U.R.E. responds to provide essential care items such as field transfusion kits, hemostatic bandages, tourniquets, gloves, gauze, suture, surgical supplies and emergency equipment such as stretchers, gurneys, ventilators, etc. While most of Project C.U.R.E.’s donations are delivered by ocean-freight containers, our emergency response is typically delivered by air freight. Project C.U.R.E. has responded to recent violence in Ethiopia, Gaza, Israel, Nigeria, Nagorno Karabakh, Mali, and Ukraine.
Sustainable Development Goals: Project C.U.R.E.’s work advances the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to help save lives and advance peace and prosperity for all people. Specifically, Project C.U.R.E. is focused on SDG Goal 3 which concerns healthcare. Our work to save mothers and babies, address diseases both communicable and non-communicable, provide emergency intervention for trauma such as roadway accidents all favorably impact SDG #3