As many Mexican health care facilities face the challenge of being unable to receive COVID 19-infected patients due to a lack of beds, Fundación Curando a México, with the help of DRGT Mexico, and a number of local angel funders have facilitated the largest delivery yet of medical equipment into the country.
The company had previously forgone its Global Gaming Expo (G2E) 2019 supplier and partner event in Las Vegas and donated those funds towards the foundation’s logistic and transportation costs. Recently DRGT made a further donation to the non-profit organisation and secured a number of Angel Investors too, with the help of a ‘dollar-for-dollar’ matched contribution from Mexico’s Fundación IMSS, facilitating the transportation of 1,050 specifically-designed medical relief beds to the Country.
Curando México’s Operations Director Beth Conley noted that: ‘…while these beds will serve a specific purpose during the current pandemic, their “flat pack” design will allow us, in time, to literally fold them away, and then access and transport them, to any location across the country, as soon as they are needed again.’
The donation was received into the country at the Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Laredo, Texas border crossing by DRGT CEO Jurgen De Munck and DRGT Mexico Managing Director Alfredo Moreno, who also serves as Curando México’s President, and has done since the NPOs inception in 2010. ‘What Beth and her team have managed to do today is nothing short of a miracle. 7 x 53ft semi-trucks with beds worth over $3 Million is our biggest shipment into México ever; I am extremely proud, and humbled at the same time,’ said Moreno.
Curando México is the local partner of the world’s largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment, Project C.U.R.E.; a foundation that employs 35 full-time staff who in-turn are assisted annually by 15,000 volunteers who collectively source, pack, transport, and then distribute everything from incubators and x-ray machines to said hospital beds, and medical examination kits across the globe on a daily basis, equating to an average of 3 to 4 semi-truck trailer sized containers leaving their distribution centres every week. ‘It’s with partners like these that we are able to assess needs, and then reach as far and as wide as we do in our efforts to meet the medical demands in these under-resourced countries.’, added Project C.U.R.E. President and CEO, Dr. Doug Jackson.
‘Since inception, Curando México has now despatched 108 of the aforementioned semi-trailers of life-saving medical equipment and supplies locally, totalling a combined value of more than $50 Million,’ shared DRGT CEO De Munck. ‘I have noted previously that “doing good, is good business”, and notwithstanding the current goings-on in our sector and across the globe, and we are extremely grateful for the ability to be able to continue to support Curando México.’
Upon entry in Mexico one truck went directly to Monterrey in Nuevo León, another to the Southern States of Oaxaca and Chiapas, with the remaining five headed straight to Mexico City for further distribution across the Country.
If you too would like to assist Project C.U.R.E., (and/or in turn Curando México), with their ongoing medical relief efforts, please visit www.projectcure.org . With annual deliveries of more than 180 cargo containers to deprived healthcare facilities in over 50 countries comprising donated medical equipment and supplies valued at more than $60 million, you can make a difference.