In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I thought it would be nice to, well, give thanks. I was just reviewing some packing lists from old shipments, and it definitely put me in that sentimental, warm-and-fuzzy, Thanksgiving mood. Although, if I'm being perfectly honest, my mother's homemade rolls in the oven may have something to do with it as well. We at MedPLUS really do have a lot to be thankful for, and I consider myself especially lucky to be working with such wonderful partners and teammates. I know I speak on behalf of the entire MedPLUS Connect team when I say how fortunate we are that these partnerships extend across the globe.
We are thankful for
- The hard-working doctors, administrators, and medical staff of our partner hospitals in Ghana. We admire and respect your dedication to helping others and improving healthcare, even though it often means spending time away from your families and taking on responsibilities to entire districts of patients. If I had to pick one word to sum up this bunch, I would hands down choose "inspirational."
- Our partners in the Ghana Ministry of Health, who work tirelessly to help us weave our way through the administrative webs in Ghana. Working hand-in-hand to help bring medical supplies to your country has been and remains an honor. We cannot thank you enough for your support and guidance.
- The crazy team at MedWish International. I say crazy because how else can you describe a group of people who can successfully fit 40 (YES, FORTY) hospital beds into a single 40-ft shipping container? Their other talents include finding "elusive" equipment like x-ray machines and anesthesia machines, and making the process of sending shipments about 509238 times easier for me. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
- Our faithful and generous supporters - from friends, family, and related organizations, to Universities, volunteers, interns, and complete strangers. You make everything possible. Every contribution, every ounce of support, makes a world of difference. Case in point: we received a total of $2500 for Emily's Matching Donation, which goes towards the Lawra Nutrition Center! Another example: while in Ghana, it gets hard seeing the need for healthcare and struggles of physicians and patient alike. But your encouraging comments and support on our blog helped remind me that many others were on this journey with us. Always, thank you.
While I could go on and on (anyone who knows me can verify this), I hope the message is clear! From the MedPLUS team to you - Thank you!