Essential Medical Supplies Reach Buye Diocese

Bishop Sixbert Macumi helps unload a hospital bed.

In Lent and Eastertide 2011 Bishop Jane invited members of the Edmonton diocese to help “build life” in the Diocese of Buye in Burundi, Africa by donating money to purchase basic medications and medical supplies.

Bishop Sixbert helps unload a hospital bed.

Together, we raised more than $13,000 to fill a shipping container with essential medical supplies such as refurbished medical equipment, bandages and needles, multivitamins and antibiotics for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

In partnership with Food for the Hungry Canada (www.fhcanada.org), an international relief organization which has shipped supplies to Burundi previously, we arranged for the container to be shipped to the health district of Buye.

Bishop Sixbert Macumi reports that the container of supplies has reached his diocese! Watch this site for a complete report and more pictures from Bishop Sixbert.

People in the Buye diocese face enormous challenges resulting from civil war that ravaged Burundi, leaving many internally displaced persons, and a ruined economy. The medical supplies will help the hospital in Buye serve the needs of some of its 60,000 patients, including: widows (5,000), children (50,000), disabled (500) elders (1,000) HIV/AIDS positive people (920), people with diabetes (300), people with hypertension (80) and pregnant women (2,500).

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10b