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Generous donations to help boost medical stocks on remote islands

Generous donations to help boost medical stocks on remote islands

Perth Eye Hospital has joined forces with some of its suppliers to help send essential medical goods to the remote Louisiade Archipelago off Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Hospital staff answered a request for donations from PEH Nurse, Jade Smithdale, whose relatives have been delivering supplies to PNG aboard their yacht ‘Island Home’ for several years.

Geoff, Marina and Scott Jansen transport much-needed goods to the islands’ medical centres, schools and churches and recently put a call out for basic medical supplies to boost stocks at the Njaru Aidpost and Misima District Hospital.

Elizabeth Bickerdike, our Procurement Manager, has been proactive with asking our friends to donate to this worthy cause. Surgical gloves and gowns, non-sterile gloves and dressing kits are among the items generously donated by some of our suppliers: Surgical House, Health Technology Supplies, Medline, EBOS Healthcare and Thermo Fisher.

Jade said she had been “positively overwhelmed” by the kind-hearted donations and was delighted to pass them on to Geoff.

“The support we have received from PEH and its suppliers has been fantastic and will go a long way in helping patients and staff on the islands,” she said.

Perth Eye Hospital CEO, Andrea LeGuier, thanked Surgical House, Health Technology Supplies, Medline, EBOS Healthcare and Thermo Fisher for their assistance, adding that each company was quick to lend a hand.

“We are lucky to work with some very generous companies who share our passion for helping others,” she said.

“We hope these donations can help to improve the everyday lives of the people living in the Louisiade Archipelago.”

According to Geoff and Marina, the remote location of the islands and lack of transportation makes it difficult for aid to reach the Louisiade Archipelago, which is around 200km southeast of Papua New Guinea, and often referred to as the ‘forgotten islands’.

Simple items that we take for granted in Australia, such as paracetamol, are hard to come by on the islands.

The goods will be delivered to the Louisiade Archipelago in August. To make a donation, or learn more about the Jansen’s’ work, visit https://www.facebook.com/Island-Home-Goes-PNG-382085778807740/.

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