WASHINGTON, May 3 /PRNewswire/ -- The nonprofit development organization Counterpart International is commemorating ten years of work in Uzbekistan by shipping over a million dollars worth of medical and other humanitarian supplies at the request of the Tashkent Government. "We have been honored to serve the Uzbek people and its government since 1997 and we want to mark the occasion by making a special effort to locate and transport items urgently needed by Uzbek government agencies and community groups," said Counterpart President Lelei LeLaulu. "We have worked closely with five different government bodies as well as government-run boarding houses and schools to provide much-needed goods and services to the Uzbek people," added LeLaulu. Over the next few weeks the humanitarian and development organization, which started in the South Pacific 40 years ago, will ship 14 new containers valued at $1.6 million requested by the Uzbek government and local non- government organizations in the Central Asian country. The Ministry of Health in Andijan will receive medical supplies, equipment and furniture. Five additional containers stocked with clothing, shoes and household items will be delivered to the Ministry of Social Welfare institutions. "Listening to the needs of the people in Uzbekistan, Counterpart mobilizes public and private donors in the United States to provide the goods needed," says Counterpart humanitarian Senior Director Richard Drolet. "Our relationship with various ministries in Uzbekistan has ensured demand-driven deliveries that meet the most pressing emergency and developmental needs of communities." "Earlier this year, our staff visited particularly vulnerable recipients of past shipments," he continued. "They found a great need for household items, footwear, basic medical supplies and clothing. As a result, the shipment currently in transit will be geared towards those needs." Since 1997, Counterpart has shipped almost $80 million worth of medical equipment and supplies, furniture, clothing, shoes and computer equipment to Uzbekistan. These goods have filled hospitals and local clinics, provided office furniture for government offices, and clothed children in state-run orphanages and schools. Over $57 million worth of goods delivered have been distributed to the needy through Uzbek government agencies. Counterpart is an international development organization with 40 years of experience in over 60 countries. In Uzbekistan, Counterpart implements a child survival program, community action campaigns around issues such as youth drug use, and humanitarian assistance programs. CONTACT: Kyla Springer of Counterpart International, +1-202-296-9676, email@example.com.
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