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Project C.U.R.E. -- Benevolent Healthcare Foundation

Project C.U.R.E.'s mission is to identify, solicit, collect, sort and distribute medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world.  We attend to the needs of the sick by providing medical supplies and equipment to developing countries.

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Why should I support your work?

Project C.U.R.E. identifies, solicits, collects, sorts, and distributes medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world.  Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has attended to the needs of the sick and dying by bridging the staggering health resource gaps in the developing world, with medical supplies and modern equipment.  These supplies and equipment empower physicians and nurses with the tools they need to treat disease, deliver vaccines, perform life-saving surgeries, educate, and ensure safe childbirth.  Unprecedented refugee and humanitarian crises, poverty and the weakness of the underlying healthcare systems all combine to create the demand for Project C.U.R.E.'s resources and interventions.  Over the  last few years, Project C.U.R.E. has grown to six distribution centers around the U.S. in Denver, Chicago, Houston, Nashville, Philadelphia and Phoenix.

Thanks to the dedication of more than 25,000 volunteers nationwide working 160,000+ hours last year, three to four semi-truck sized containers of life-saving aid leave Project C.U.R.E.'s Distribution Centers every week.  Our C.U.R.E. Clinics and Training team takes medical professionals to our Cargo recipient hospitals to provide medical care for patients there.  Currently, we are training nurses and midwives in Helping Babies Survive and Helping Mothers Survive, and have taught professionals to save the lives of thousands around the world.  Project C.U.R.E. is the world's largest distributor of donated medical supplies to resource-limited communities across the globe, touching the lives of patients, families, and children in hospitals to provide medical care for patients there. 

Why does your charity exist?

Project C.U.R.E. exists because of the need.  Did you know that 15,000 children under the age of five die every day--with more than half of the conditions being preventable or treatable because families can't afford or don't have access to treatment?  Additionally, 2.5 million babes die annually within the first month of life from birth complications and birth asphyxia. And nearly 50% of women in low-income countries gave birth without the assistance of a professional healthcare worker or skilled birth attendant.  Lastly, 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries.  Each day, approximately 830 women die from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. 

What specifically do you do?

Project C.U.R.E.'s Cargo program delivers 40-foot semi-trailer sized cargo containers carrying medical donations to hospitals, clinics and community health centers in developing countries.  We conduct a complex inspection, inventory and logistics process that places medical supplies and modern equipment directly into the hands of doctors and nurses so they can provide quality care to their patients, many of whom are women and young children.  Last year, Project C.U.R.E. delivered 181 shipments carrying over $60 million in medical supplies and equipment to 50 countries.  Project C.U.R.E. collaborates with partners in each country to develop a high-level understanding of the scope of need.  Our thorough, on-site Needs Assessment process ensures that every containers delivered will meet the specific needs of the recipient hospital or clinic, equipping the medical staff with the tools to improve diagnosis, treatment and care.  Las year we conducted 200 assessments in 36 countries, spending 362 working days in the field. 

How will this make a difference?

A quote from Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia says it best:  "My husband and I are very fortunate and delighted to cooperate with Project C.U.R.E. in providing much-needed medial supplies to our hospitals in Serbia.  there is a very difficult situations with our hospitals--they need to be equipped properly in order for our doctors and nurses to provide care for patients.  Our children, our people and heroic doctors and nurses are waiting for us to help them.  Project C.U.R.E. has managed to help with the needs in so many hospitals through their endless hours of hard work and persistence, regardless of religion or ethnic origin.  I am very grateful to Project C.U.R.E., which provides help all over the world and saves lives every day." 

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

One difference is Project C.U.R.E.'s thorough assessment to match needs with supplies and equipment and training.  Additionally, Project C.U.R.E. has several programs:  (1) C.U.R.E. Cargo, (2) Clinics & Training, (3) Kits for Kids, (4) C.U.R.E. Kits, (5) Helping Babies Survive, and (6) Helping Mothers Survive.  The Helping Babies Survive (HBS) is a full spectrum neonatal resuscitation curriculum.  The initial steps taught in HBS can save lives and give a much better start to many babies who struggle to breathe at birth.  HBS is a hands-on training using newborn mannequins that simulate heartbeats, breathing and cutting the umbilical cord.  The simulation takes participants through the escalation of steps used in resuscitation of a newborn.  The bag-mask ventilation system and reusable suction devices are the life-saving tools used during the course.  These tools are then left with participants so that they are able to put their new skills to use.  

What sets us apart is that we use a Master Trainer format so that the programs are sustainable after we leave the country.  Last year, 16 Project C.U.R.E. Master Trainers trained 82 new in-country Master Trainers in HBS modules.  These in-country Master Trainers then trained 432 birth attendants in six countries.  Countries served were Ghana, India, Mauritania, Guatemala and Rwanda. 

What have you accomplished?

One difference is Project C.U.R.E.'s thorough assessment to match needs with supplies and equipment and training.  Additionally, Project C.U.R.E. has several programs:  (1) C.U.R.E. Cargo, (2) Clinics & Training, (3) Kits for Kids, (4) C.U.R.E. Kits, (5) Helping Babies Survive, and (6) Helping Mothers Survive.  The Helping Babies Survive (HBS) is a full spectrum neonatal resuscitation curriculum.  The initial steps taught in HBS can save lives and give a much better start to many babies who struggle to breathe at birth.  HBS is a hands-on training using newborn mannequins that simulate heartbeats, breathing and cutting the umbilical cord.  The simulation takes participants through the escalation of steps used in resuscitation of a newborn.  The bag-mask ventilation system and reusable suction devices are the life-saving tools used during the course.  These tools are then left with participants so that they are able to put their new skills to use.  

What sets us apart is that we use a Master Trainer format so that the programs are sustainable after we leave the country.  Last year, 16 Project C.U.R.E. Master Trainers trained 82 new in-country Master Trainers in HBS modules.  These in-country Master Trainers then trained 432 birth attendants in six countries.  Countries served were Ghana, India, Mauritania, Guatemala and Rwanda. 

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

Project C.U.R.E. is the recipient of the GuideStar Exchange Platinum Seal, the Charity Navigator Four-Star Rating and is ranked by Forbes as on of the 20 Most Efficient Large U.S. Charities.  Project C.U.R.E. operates with just 2% administrative and fundraising costs, so that 98 cents of every dollar donated is invested directly into our programs.