Tanga Visitors Discuss Medical Supplies, Plans for Nursing School

Dr. Damien Mpundu and Lucas Mmole, RN, from St. Raphael's Hospital in Korogwe, Tanzania visited parishes around the Diocese of Ohio and MedWish International to discuss the impact that donations of usable medical surplus have on the hospital, including the founding of a nursing school.

Among their various stops were parishes in Toledo, Akron and Oberlin. They visited Case Western School of Nursing and held a press conference at MedWish International's offices in Cleveland. MedWish International recovers usable medical surplus from health care systems and distributes supplies to doctors, nurses and humanitarians around the world. A container of medical supplies headed to St. Raphael's Hospital have been made possible through a partnership between the Diocese of Ohio and MedWish International.

Among the medical supplies in the container provided by MedWish are several refurbished computers. The computers were presented to them by Christ Church, Oberlin, where member Patty Peacock commissioned funds from the Mission Endowment Board to refurbish an old desktop computer owned by the church. Partnering with a local computer company, the end result was a usable desktop computer with a new flat-screen monitor, plus an additional four notebook computers. The technology is expected to assist the nursing school in receiving accreditation from the Tanzanian government.

Pictured at Christ Church, Oberlin (from left to right) are: Mary Lynne Grove, The Rev. Dr. Brian K. Wilbert, Lucas Mmole, RN, Brendan Knoblauch, Dr. Damien Mpundu and Patty Peacock.

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