WCS Donates Medical Supplies to Suriname
This month, a large shipment of medical supplies that we donated arrived in Suriname, where it will help the country tackle major public health challenges.
The shipment contains 6000 unused needles and syringes that Suriname’s Bureau of Public Health has handed over to their National Immunization Program. The supplies will help contain a current measles outbreak and also support a preventive campaign against malaria this year.
Amilcar Hoefdraad, our Warehouse Manager for our Logistics department, coordinated the donation. Hoefdraad has been a member of our team for over four years, and helps make sure all the supplies for our screening and flu events arrive seamlessly at our events. Not for the first time, he is also responsible for making sure we are directing supplies we don’t need to people who can use them. Amilcar was born in Suriname, and knew that they didn’t consistently have the resources to manage and execute their immunization programs.
Our core values are such an important part of our DNA as a company. We’re proud that Amilcar’s effort to coordinate this donation represents our core values through and through—and two of our core values in particular: Live Well and Treat All With Respect.
We know that part of living well is building a culture of good health wherever we can, and reaping the benefits of acting generously. We also respect the need for healthcare in communities near and far, and are hopeful that these supplies will make even a small difference in getting Surinamese families the vaccinations they need.