American Medical Resources Foundation, Inc. Volume 17, No. 1, April 2006
AMRF Assists Establishment for Clinic in Guinea-Bissau
r. Nuno Nabiam, a resident of Quincy, Ma., came to the west coast mid-continent. It has a population of 1.6 mil-
the United States in 1994 from Guinea-Bissau, where lion people. Years of coups and military dictatorships plus a
he was Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Trans- crippling civil war have transformed it to be one of the poorest
portation. Members of his family continue to reside in Guinea-
Bissau. He is a principal in a
commercial cleaning company
and has set up the International
Trading Group. His dream is to
establish a medical clinic in Bis-
sau, the capitol city, to serve the
large majority of residents who
can only afford to pay modest or
no fees for services.
The government has agreed
to provide an existing basic build-
ing in Bissau. The clinic would
focus on general medical services
Nuno Nabiam and AMRF Vice
with special emphasis on preven- A Marketplace in ,Bissau.
President Victor Solo loading
tive medicine. Life expectancy is
the shipping container.
43 years for men and 46 years for countries in the world with per capital annual income of about
women. Since the country is experiencing a high infant mortal- $700. Most of the employment is in agriculture with cashew
ity rate, special attention will be given to obstetrics, gynecology nuts being the leading export of the country.
and pediatric services. At present, Guinea-Bissau has only two medical clinics
The small African country of Guinea-Bissau is located on Continued on page 2
Colorful AMRF Open House
n Saturday, October 22, AMRF joyfully wel-
comed friends and family to an open house at the
newly located warehouse at 36 Station Avenue in
Guests were treated with welcoming music by the West
African band, Obasi, which played lively African pop music.
Tours of the facility and equipment displays together with slide
shows and photos showcased AMRF’s operational functions
and global activities. The guests enjoyed foods from Kenya,
Guatemala, the Middle East, Italy and Eastern Europe and the
folk guitar music of AMRF volunteer Darren Beaupre
Continued on page 4
Assisting our less fortunate neighbors by donating medical
equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in developing nations.
AMRF at Clinical Engineers Symposium
n October 10 - 12, 2005, in Sturbridge, MA, interested in AMRF’s mission and, particularly, how they could
AMRF staff displayed the goals and needs of the actively participate in assisting AMRF with donated equipment.
Foundation at Numerous visitors to the
the gathering of the New AMRF booth were
England Society of Clinical originally from foreign
Engineers (NESCE) at the countries, therefore, wer-
Northeastern Healthcare eespecially supportive of
Symposium: “Advancing AMRF rafﬂed a Fluke
Health Care Technology.” digital voltmeter which
AMRF was one of was won by Daniel Ristau
ﬁfty informational booths of Glen Falls, New York.
displaying medical tech- AMRF would like all clini-
nology.During the two cal engineers and biomed-
days of the display, AMRF ica engineers in the New
staff talked to many clini- England region to be friends
cal engineers, biomedical of and boosterfor AMRF
engineers and healthcare and welcomes them to the
AMRF Vice-President Victor Solo and AMRF
professionals who were AMRF family.
Administrator Kathleen San Bento at the AMRF booth.
Guinea-Bissau Clinic Continued from page 1
and two hospitals to serve the entire population. Many people a twenty-foot container of medical equipment and supplies to
travel to the City of Dakar in the neighboring nation of Senegal furnish the clinic. Included in the shipment were ultrasounds,
for health care. Others with ﬁnancial means travel as far away birthing and neonatal equipment such as incubators, monitors
as Lisbon, Portugal, the former colonial nation in Europe, for of various types, laboratory testing and analyses equipment,
medical services. Guinea-Bissau is experiencing a high infant and ophthalmic equipment. Low-tech equipment such as exam
mortality rate; river blindness and other ophthalmologic diseases tables and wheelchairs were also provided. AMRF is hopeful
are common. Preventive health care is in its initial phase. that these donations to the Bissau Clinic will help to signiﬁcantly
AMRF is cooperating with Mr. Nabiam to help establish improve the medical care available to the citizens of
the Bissau Clinic. AMRF has donated a forty-foot container and Guinea-Bissau.
The American Medical Resources Foundation donates used, but totally functional medical equipment to hospi-
tals serving the needy worldwide. AMRF also develops and provides training programs for medical equipment repair
technicians and hospital managers responsible for the maintenance, repair, and calibration of medical equipment.
Board of Directors
is published periodically by the American Medical Resources Foundation, Inc. AMRF
Chairman: K. H. Barney is a tax exempt, nonproﬁt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal
President: Thomas Magliocchetti Revenue Code incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Vice President for Operations: Victor Sologaistoa AMRF is registered by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Please address all
correspondence to: AMRF, P. O. Box 3609, Brockton, MA 02304-3609, 508–580–3301
Directors: K. H. Barney; Steve Cunningham;
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AMRF Shipments and Services
September 30, 2005 to March 30, 2006
Recipient of Containers of Equipment (quantity & length) Approved and in Process
Association for Rural Health In Angkor Hospital for Children, Cambodia 1 – 40 ft
El Salvador 1– 40 ft Abdirahman Medical Center, Somaliland 1 – 40 ft
Banda Aceh, Indonesia 4 – 40 ft Mwananchi Hospital, Tanzania 1 – 40 ft
Antonio Lenin Fonseca Hospital KPC Medical College and Hospital,
Nicaragua 1 – 40 ft Kolkata, India 2 –40 ft
Guineau-Bissau, West Africa Training Programs
Bissau Clinic 1 – 40 ft Center of Training and Maintenance, Addis Ababa,
Bissau Clinic 1 – 20 ft Ethiopia
Central American Center of Training and Maintenance,
San Salvador, El Salvador (in development stage)
AMRF Monetary Donors
April 1, 2005 — April 1, 2006
AMRF is deeply grateful to the following list of contributors who have graciously provided the
ﬁnancial resources which allowed AMRF to implement programs for improving medical care for
the less fortunate of the Globe. Many thanks.
Adelard A. Roy & Valeda Lea Annabell L. Page William & Saralyn Bickford
Roy Foundation Dr. & Mrs. Paul E Gray Georgetown Lions Club
John & Marjorie Nickles Edwards Church LLC
$5,000 - $9,999 Stephen & Christine Miller Betty L. Temple
Marian & Kay H. Barney Alan & Sandra Peters Frohman Tipiani- Juan Velasco
Friends of Asaprosar Carey T. Prouty
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation $100-$200
James and Lois Gallagher Up to $99
$1000.00 - $4999.00 Scott & Alice Newell Richard and Suzanne John
Robert and Carolyn Millett Julius & Merion Ritter Joseph Rainville
Jeanne Prentiss Diana G. Edwards Elton and Carolyn Helander
Follow Foundation/Naomi Carla C. Dale Michael F. Sacarny
Rosenfeld Trustee Betty A. Weisner Steven & Regina Cunningham
Patricia B. McLeod Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bicknell Ruth Adler Schnee
Bryan C. Soltysik Nancy & David Kocher Lois & Harl Aldrich, JR.
John F. McQuillan J. Bruce and Louise Rankin Norman & Evelyn Gaudrault
Dr. Alexander R. Stevens James R & Margaret Weston
$201 - $999 Patricia & Buford Maddox Jay & Ellen Sklar
Hancock United Church of Christ Steven & Monica Bushnell Avard & Marjorie Mitchell
Robert Sheridan Walter & Louise Ellis Karen S. Babin
The Medical University of Wesley United Methodist Church Michael D. and Donna Smith Langone
the Americas Douglas & Patricia Ross Ms. Anna Middaugh
Kenneth Dutter Eleanor S. Cochran Dr. Hubert I. Flomenhoft
Hancock United Church of Christ James I. Stockwell Joseph G. Rainville and
First Congregational Church of Madison Guy B. Ford Bernadette Smith
Guy & Barbara Steele, JR. John B. & Gilda Shanley Richard C. Austin, MD
Colorful AMRF Open House Continued from page 1
Dr Alan Gruber, of Cohasset, MA, leader of Friends of
ASAROSAR, a group that helps provide charitable oph-
thalmic (medical care of the eyes) medical services to the
rural poor of El Salvador, spoke about the group’s dedica-
AMRF Chairman Kay Barney thanks guest speaker
Darren Beaupre, an AMRF volunteer and guitarist serenaded “The staff and Board of Directors of
guests in the late afternoon.
AMRF were delighted to greet old
tion to humanitarian efforts and activities as well as the
state of medical care for the rural population of El Salva- friends and welcome new ones while
dor. He also highlighted and expressed appreciation for proudly showing off the newly located
AMRF’s cooperative efforts with ASAPROSAR in storing
and shipping their supplies and technical assistance on facilities.”
equipment at their clinic in Santa Ana, El Salvador.
The staff and Board of Directors of AMRF were de-
lighted to greet old friends and welcome new ones while
proudly showing off the newly located facilities.
AMRF Equipment Continues Helping in Brazil
he following is an excerpt from an email re- US$4,000,000.00
cently received from Dr. Silvia Brandalise, MD of In September 30th this year the building was inaugu-
Boldrini’s Children Cancer Center in the City of rated. Now we have the new challenge to buy the medical
Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. equipments and start to work as soon as possible. Our
At about 10-12 years ago AMRF donated a lot of target patients are those of pediatric and adolescents with
electrical beds and other medical furnitures and supplies cancer. It is programmed to complete the full capacity of
to our new inpatient building with 77 beds. It was just the machines for cancer patients till 35 - 40 years of
fantastic! Helped us a lot. Till today all the equipments age. We hope to cover an area of 6 million population,
are routinely working well, with regularly repairs. We sl;urrounding Campinas. We are requesting the equip-
hope they ments to AMRF ﬁrst because it will delay too much for
will work for more 20 years! us to collect almost 6 million dollars to buy them and
Nowadays we just ﬁnished a new 4,600 square meters secondly because we
building for Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine and Image personally know the important work AMRF does for the
Services. This construction was completely achieved by emerging and underdeveloped countries.
donations from Campina’s Society, in order of
Annual AMRF Volunteer Thank You Dinner
n January 6, 2006, the AMRF Annual Volunteer Thank
You dinner was held in Carleton-Willard Village, Bedford,
MA. Forty AMRF friends, volunteers and spouses were
treated to an inspirational talk by the guest of honor, Mr.
Tata Thaddeus Agwo.
Mr. Agwo is a Senior Systems Integration Engineer at Beth
Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, and an author of
four books dealing with
He is originally from Cameroon and recently experienced the
death of his mother there as a result of inadequate medical facili-
ties and care in that country. In response to his mother’s passing,
Mr. Agwo vowed to help to improve medical care in Cameroon
and has initiated an effort to ship medical equipment and supplies
to the Acha Presbyterian General Hospital in
cooperation with AMRF.
Barbara and Jim Hitzrot, Jim Stockwell and Tata Thaddeus
As the dinner speaker, in a slide-illustrated talk, Mr. Agwo de-
Agwo discuss health care in Cameroon.
scribed his life in Cameroon and the current state of medical care
in that country with speciﬁc reference to the Acha Presbyterian
General Hospital. AMRF is looking forward to working with Tata
on a substantial Cameroon program.
Dick May, and Harriet
Mary Louise Schecter, Shirley Greene, Shirley
and Ted Bergey.
AMRF in Ecuador
A Recent Email from Father Jorge Nigsch, Guadalupe,
Dear AMRF Friends:
am writing to you from Guadalupe in Ecuador. You guys So I just wanted to share my joy with you and let you know
helped us a lot with the equipment of the Mission clinic. that you did great work for us and we are really very appreciat-
Let me tell you that your big start that you gave us with ing in a lot. Without your help at the beginning we would not be
the two containers (a big one and a small one) really is doing where we are.
so much of good. I am just coming back this minute from the I still remember when I knocked at your doors some years
clinic where Dr. Burger Zapf, who is here for his third visit, ago. You were ready to help me right away.
ust ﬁnished ﬁve surgeries with total anesthesia. We have lots So what else can I say but: THANK YOU AND MAY
of movement, many patients every week. Within the last three GOD BLESS YOU and your effortsand your families and your
years we had more than 20,000 patients here and hundreds (at AMRF organization.
least over 500) of operations. The dental units that you gave us Best regards,
are in daily use and manyother equipments too. Jorge
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medical equipment or supplies are urgently We are in need of any equipment and supplies used
needed for shipment to hospitals and clinics in patient care.
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