Two Student Groups Collecting Donations to Support West Africa’s Efforts Against Ebola
Friday, December 19, 2014
Medical Students Making Impacts (MSMI) and REMEDY (Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World), two students groups at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, have partnered with the Liberia Mental Health Clinicians Association and St. Francis Hospital in Cestos City, Rivercess County, Liberia, to gather supplies and monetary donations to help combat the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) in West Africa. Through this campaign, called “End the Outbreak,” the groups have raised more than $2,000 to date and have made an initial shipment of supplies to Liberia.
Established in 2001, MSMI is a student-run organization dedicated to educating current and future medical professionals about global health through exposure, involvement, and service, with the aim of forging long-lasting sustainable relationships with medically underserved communities around the globe.
Mount Sinai REMEDY, founded in 2003, is a student group supported by a faculty advisor, committed to the recovery and redistribution of recyclable medical supplies and equipment gathered from the Mount Sinai Health System, which are then used for sanctioned global projects.
Together, both organizations will continue their efforts in the coming weeks to collect additional supplies and raise additional monetary donations. They have set up collection bins in the Annenberg building (1468 Madison Avenue) on floors 10-18, and 21, where faculty and staff may donate the following new or gently used supplies:
- Raincoats and rain boots: used for personal protection when conducting outreach in epidemic areas.
- New or clean clothes and bed linens: to replace materials that are burned after patients are admitted to Ebola Treatment Units.
- Old cell phones with chargers: to replace patient cell phones that are burned after admission to Ebola Treatment Units leaving no way for patients to communicate with health care workers. Please note that phones must be unlocked for overseas use and accept SIM cards.
- Radios, games, toys, DVDs, and other similar items: to provide entertainment and a morale boost for children and families who are quarantined.
- Any unused, unexpired medical supplies, such as gloves, gowns, masks, alcohol swabs, and disinfectants. Medications cannot be accepted.
Individuals who need assistance in transporting supplies may contact MSMI by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monetary donations are also accepted and greatly appreciated. To donate, visit: http://philanthropy.mountsinai.org/donate. Select ‘Medical Students Making Impacts’ in the designation drop-down menu and write "Ebola Relief" in the comments section. All donations will be used to purchase supplies and are 501c(3) tax deductible.
To support the cause via social media, ‘Like’ the campaign page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EndTheOutbreak; tweet using the hashtag #EndtheOutbreak; or visit the campaign’s website and sign the End the Outbreak petition: http://www.endtheoutbreak.org/petition.html.
Thank you for your support.