Project Cure sending medical supplies to Liberia

It's called Project Cure; it stands for "Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment."

The non-profit group on Thursday packed the first of what will be five disaster relief containers at its distribution warehouse in Tempe.

That container will then go to Houston, be put on a ship, and sail to Liberia where it will be unpacked and put into immediate use by doctors treating Ebola patients, and those who survived the potentially deadly disease.

"We're really focused on sending consumable supplies, a lot of gloves, disinfectant, face masks, personal protective equipment," said Katie Mabardy with Project Cure.

Katie Mabardy said these are the supplies that health care providers in Africa are in desperate need of.

Hand sanitizer, syringes, gowns, basic medical equipment, disposable to come, but life-saving for those fighting and treating the deadly virus and its aftermath.

"The worst of the outbreak is over in Liberia for now what we can tell, but that's why it's so important that we really focus on strengthening the infrastructure of their health care system," said Mabardy.

Mabardy is the executive director of the Phoenix branch of Project Cure. Thursday morning volunteers loaded the first of five disaster relief containers with about $450,000 in basic care essentials.

Bob Sherman is the President of the Liberian Association of Arizona, he was born in Liberia and knows the need first hand.

"Nearly 5,000 Liberians died as a consequence of Ebola," said Bob Sherman.

In addition to medical supplies, Project Cure is also sending hospital beds, gurneys, and treatment tables in this shipment.

"The organization has a goal to replace every single bed in the country of Liberia," said Mabardy.

In addition to the one packed Thursday, 17 containers have already made their way to areas hardest hit in Liberia.

Mabardy said the container will arrive in about two weeks, but once it is there it will make an immediate difference.

All of the supplies and the warehouse space are donated. Project Cure has six distribution warehouses.

For more information visit: https://projectcure.org/
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