Bridge Foundation sent an emergency shipment of supplies designed to treat victims of the disaster along with staff to oversee distribution. Supplies included bandages; casting material, burn cream, IV solutions, antibiotics and anesthetics. The cargo was approximately 25,000 pounds of supplies.
By utilizing existing contacts with a local multi-national construction company, Bridge Foundation was able to ascertain the situation and respond immediately. Our local partners assisted with customs clearance, Ministry of Health approvals and in-country logistics.
It was a win-win for everyone. The supplies shipped were essential to those that survived this unprecedented disaster. Bridge Foundation was able to cut through the usual red tape and received immediate approval of our supplies. With our extensive experience in Brazzaville and Kinshasa, the approval process was well known.
Upon arrival into Brazzaville's Maya-Maya Airport, the supplies were immediately taken to the main University Hospital treating survivors.
The Bridge Foundation group was met by the Minister of Health nd the Chief in Cabinet to the President to receive the supplies. Bridge staff remained to secure the inventory and ensure distribution to smaller regional clinics in and around the blast site.