AmerisourceBergen assists Project C.U.R.E.
AmerisourceBergen contributes to Jennersville Project C.U.R.E.
Project C.U.R.E, a nonprofit that provides medical supplies, opened its sixth distribution center.
“Last year, we did 450 needs assessments to individual hospitals all over the world. It is absolutely amazing.” – Doug Jackson, son of Jim and Marie Jackson who founded Project C.U.R.E. in 1987
JENNERSVILLE >> Project C.U.R.E, a nonprofit organization that provides medical supplies and equipment to developing countries around the world, opened its sixth distribution center Wednesday, made possible through a recent partnership with AmerisourceBergen and its foundation.
The distribution center off Route 896 near Dansko is the first on the East Coast. The others are located in Denver, Nashville, Phoenix, Houston and Chicago.
“We are so proud of this and it is such a great facility,” said Doug Jackson, son of Jim and Marie Jackson who founded Project C.U.R.E. in 1987. “When Margaret Meade said ‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,’ that is what this small dedicated group represents today. We are changing the world.”
AmerisourceBergen, a Fortune 500 organization with 19,000 employees headquartered in Chesterbrook, provided a $50,000 grant that enabled Project CURE to purchase a state-of-the-art truck to support the logistics of collecting gently used medical equipment from the greater Philadelphia region’s hospitals and redistributing the supplies to clinics and health systems in need in developing countries.
“This year, we will pack 180
semi-truck trailers to the poorest places in the world,” Jackson said. “Our average client works 12 hours a day and makes a dollar, and just can’t afford health care. People will die today because they don’t have sutures. How stupid is that, when it costs just $4.”
At the event, about 35 volunteers unloaded a delivery of medical supplies donated by Jennersville Regional Hospital and repackaged the equipment, which will be sent to Rwanda in the center’s inaugural shipment.
Jackson said a detailed needs assessment is performed on every medical center or hospital, so only the neediest get the medical supplies.
“Last year, we did 450 needs assessments to individual hospitals all over the world,” Jackson said. “It is absolutely amazing.”
“This will enable the distribution of all these wonderful supplies from hospitals all over the mid-Altlantic area to places like Rwanda and others,” said Gina Clark, AmerisourceBergen Foundation president. “Nothing can fit into the mission of AmerisourceBergen better than the work Project CURE is doing.”
Project C.U.R.E. matches medical donations from the United States by assessing healthcare facilities in severely resource-limited communities to empower doctors and nurses with the tools they need to treat disease, deliver vaccines, perform life-changing surgeries and ensure safe childbirth. Project C.U.R.E. receives donations of consumable supplies and medical equipment from U.S. hospitals, medical manufacturers and wholesale suppliers, and redirects their surplus to those in need.
Steven Collis, president and CEO of AmerisourceBergen, talks about how the new distribution center in Jennersville will help underprivileged people around the world.
Volunteers help load medical supplies at the Project C.U.R.E.’s new distribution center in Jennersville Wednesday.
Scores of people attended the grand opening of Project C.U.R.E.’s new distribution center in Jennersville Wednesday.