Carelift International Prepares to Aid Civilians in Harm's Way; Emergency Shipment to Re-Supply Medical Centers Near Afghan Border

Oct 02, 2001, 01:00 ET from Carelift International

    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Carelift International, the medical
 relief charity based in Philadelphia, announced today that it is preparing to
 transport 5 tons of medical supplies (valued at more than $250,000) to
 Emergency Medical Centers in Tashkent and Ferghana, Uzbekistan, near the
 northern Afghan border.  Since the beginning of 2000, Carelift International
 has been helping to modernize and expand emergency medical services in
 Uzbekistan through a United States Agency for International Development
 (USAID) grant.  The two Carelift-supported centers are the most advanced
 civilian emergency and trauma care facilities within 1,000 miles of the
 northern Afghan border.
     Carelift's initial shipment of medical goods, valued at more than
 $200,000, arrived in-country this past spring.  The planned re-supply is being
 assembled to immediately respond to the potential for increased emergency
 medical services for Uzbek citizens and for the refugee population fleeing
 unrest in Afghanistan.
     "It is imperative that we do everything we can to help innocent civilians
 trapped in harm's way as the world responds to the tragic events of
 September 11," said Jeffrey Gloss, Founder and CEO of Carelift.  "Carelift is
 proud to be able to assist in this effort, and we hope that other Americans
 will join us in helping to bring critical medical relief to innocent civilians
 in conflict areas of the region."
     The emergency goods currently being readied include forceps, scissors,
 stethoscopes, thermometers, bandages, basins, biohazard bags, orthopedic
 braces and collars, breathing bags, catheters, clamps, drapes, dressings,
 gauze, gloves, needles, orthopedic and laparotomy packs and drapes, oxygen
 masks, lab coats, lancets, scrub kits, splints, slings, sterile skin prep,
 surgical gowns & masks, surgical and burn packs, syringes, sponges, sutures,
 suction handles, suction and tracheal tubing and surgical tape.
     With the escalating security concerns of the region, the Government of
 Uzbekistan will need to spread the resources of these emergency units to
 service a wider range of emergency cases.  Carelift's planned shipment to the
 Republican Center for the Provision of Urgent Medical Aid in Tashkent, and its
 regional affiliate in Ferghana, will make it possible for these centers to
 handle an additional 5,000 emergency incidents.
     "We are uniquely qualified to address the impending crisis in eastern
 Uzbekistan," said Damon Rosenzweig, Carelift's Program Coordinator for the
 Newly Independent States (NIS).  "We have supplies and equipment poised for
 shipment, and experienced Uzbeki institutions as partners on the ground ready
 to receive the goods.  This is a remarkable opportunity in international
 humanitarian assistance -- to shore up a local system before the crisis hits."
     Carelift has initiated the "In Harms Way" campaign to help immediately
 fund preparation and transportation of this and other emergency re-supply
 shipments.  Your contribution to this effort is vital; please send your
 financial donation to Carelift International, GSB Building, Suite 425, One
 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.  To make a secure on-line donation log
 onto www.carelift.org.  MasterCard and Visa donations also accepted.
 
     Carelift International, a registered 501(c)3 medical relief charity, and
 the 2001 Main Line Chamber of Commerce "Non-Profit Business of the Year," is
 dedicated to enhancing sustainable healthcare infrastructures in developing
 countries while providing immediate humanitarian aid.  Each project is
 designed to enable Carelift's partners to implement systemic improvement in
 healthcare services in their communities beyond Carelift International's
 direct support.  Since 1992, Carelift has provided donated medical equipment
 and supplies to medical centers in developing nations, delivering $5 worth of
 aid for every $1 contributed.  For more information about Carelift or to see a
 list of supplies being readied for shipment to Uzbekistan go to:
 http://www.carelift.org.
 
     CONTACT:  Eileen Welde of Carelift International, +1-610-617-0995, or
 welde@carelift.org.
 
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SOURCE Carelift International
    PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Carelift International, the medical
 relief charity based in Philadelphia, announced today that it is preparing to
 transport 5 tons of medical supplies (valued at more than $250,000) to
 Emergency Medical Centers in Tashkent and Ferghana, Uzbekistan, near the
 northern Afghan border.  Since the beginning of 2000, Carelift International
 has been helping to modernize and expand emergency medical services in
 Uzbekistan through a United States Agency for International Development
 (USAID) grant.  The two Carelift-supported centers are the most advanced
 civilian emergency and trauma care facilities within 1,000 miles of the
 northern Afghan border.
     Carelift's initial shipment of medical goods, valued at more than
 $200,000, arrived in-country this past spring.  The planned re-supply is being
 assembled to immediately respond to the potential for increased emergency
 medical services for Uzbek citizens and for the refugee population fleeing
 unrest in Afghanistan.
     "It is imperative that we do everything we can to help innocent civilians
 trapped in harm's way as the world responds to the tragic events of
 September 11," said Jeffrey Gloss, Founder and CEO of Carelift.  "Carelift is
 proud to be able to assist in this effort, and we hope that other Americans
 will join us in helping to bring critical medical relief to innocent civilians
 in conflict areas of the region."
     The emergency goods currently being readied include forceps, scissors,
 stethoscopes, thermometers, bandages, basins, biohazard bags, orthopedic
 braces and collars, breathing bags, catheters, clamps, drapes, dressings,
 gauze, gloves, needles, orthopedic and laparotomy packs and drapes, oxygen
 masks, lab coats, lancets, scrub kits, splints, slings, sterile skin prep,
 surgical gowns & masks, surgical and burn packs, syringes, sponges, sutures,
 suction handles, suction and tracheal tubing and surgical tape.
     With the escalating security concerns of the region, the Government of
 Uzbekistan will need to spread the resources of these emergency units to
 service a wider range of emergency cases.  Carelift's planned shipment to the
 Republican Center for the Provision of Urgent Medical Aid in Tashkent, and its
 regional affiliate in Ferghana, will make it possible for these centers to
 handle an additional 5,000 emergency incidents.
     "We are uniquely qualified to address the impending crisis in eastern
 Uzbekistan," said Damon Rosenzweig, Carelift's Program Coordinator for the
 Newly Independent States (NIS).  "We have supplies and equipment poised for
 shipment, and experienced Uzbeki institutions as partners on the ground ready
 to receive the goods.  This is a remarkable opportunity in international
 humanitarian assistance -- to shore up a local system before the crisis hits."
     Carelift has initiated the "In Harms Way" campaign to help immediately
 fund preparation and transportation of this and other emergency re-supply
 shipments.  Your contribution to this effort is vital; please send your
 financial donation to Carelift International, GSB Building, Suite 425, One
 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.  To make a secure on-line donation log
 onto www.carelift.org.  MasterCard and Visa donations also accepted.
 
     Carelift International, a registered 501(c)3 medical relief charity, and
 the 2001 Main Line Chamber of Commerce "Non-Profit Business of the Year," is
 dedicated to enhancing sustainable healthcare infrastructures in developing
 countries while providing immediate humanitarian aid.  Each project is
 designed to enable Carelift's partners to implement systemic improvement in
 healthcare services in their communities beyond Carelift International's
 direct support.  Since 1992, Carelift has provided donated medical equipment
 and supplies to medical centers in developing nations, delivering $5 worth of
 aid for every $1 contributed.  For more information about Carelift or to see a
 list of supplies being readied for shipment to Uzbekistan go to:
 http://www.carelift.org.
 
     CONTACT:  Eileen Welde of Carelift International, +1-610-617-0995, or
 welde@carelift.org.
 
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