By Dale Hanson Bourke
MAP International was founded 63 years ago with a simple purpose: provide medicines to those in need, especially in resource-poor countries. It all started as boxes of donated medicine stacked up in the medical office of MAP founder Dr. Ray Knighton. Over the years, the donations of medicines and medical supplies grew and grew.
In January, MAP International sent its $6 billionth shipment of medicines to help those in need. This momentous shipment was given to some of the most desperate people in the world: Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Jordan.
Working with the partner agency SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society), MAP delivered antibiotics, oral rehydration solutions, cold and pain medicines, and anti-fungal creams, along with other medicines. The volunteer doctors from SAMS used the supplies as they treated more than 4,000 patients in refugee camps and community health centers.
“Without the medicines provided by MAP, we couldn’t do our job as doctors,” said Sidra Husayshi, an internist from the UK.
MAP also provided 150 personal hygiene kits, each containing soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, washcloth, and other supplies in a small backpack. These kits primarily went to Iraqui refugees, most of them Christians fleeing ISIS in Mosul and other Christian cities and taking refuge in Jordanian churches.
“The refugees were so grateful for the medicine provided,” said Dale Hanson Bourke, a former MAP board member who helped delivers some of the medicine. “One woman threw her arms around me and said ‘thank you’ over and over again when she learned the medicine to treat her and her children was being given to her for free.”
In the 63 years of MAP International’s existence, millions of people in more than 120 countries have received desperately needed medicines and medical supplies, most donated by pharmaceutical companies. Placing these medicines in the hands of doctors and nurses overseas can only be accomplished because MAP’s donors provide the funding to meet the needs.
Learn more about MAP International here: https://www.map.org/