Network for Humanitarian Aid began as a critical
response to the Cuban people's need for a variety of medical supplies,
most of which are very basic. Many members of Cubas most
vulnerable population young children, expectant mothers
and the elderly suffer from illnesses that are readily
treatable with the proper medications. Unfortunately, there is
scarce availability in Cuba of medicines and other supplies used
to treat these illnesses. FA works with volunteer groups, international
development organizations and commercial shipping companies to
deliver these supplies to Cuba. Its collaborative agreement with
the United Nations Development Program allows for the supplies
to be properly received in port and delivered to the intended
recipients. FA also receives authorizations to facilitate and
monitor the shipment of donated supplies by the U.S. Departments
of Commerce and Treasury.
Future plans include the creation of a reliable and efficient
infrastructure for the donation and forwarding of medical supplies
and equipment at hospitals, medical centers, non-government institutions
and universities such as Duke and the University of Virginia;
and working with the University of Illinois and the Cuban Neuroscience
Center on the donation of vitally needed high field MRI systems
to Cuban Neurology Centers.
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