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What is Guyana Medical Relief? – Guyana Medical Relief, (GMR) is a California Public Benefit Non-Profit Corporation formed in 1984 to raise funds to provide support for medical related needs in Guyana, South America (Click here to link with Map of Guyana). Hospitals supported are: New Amsterdam; Port Mourant; Mahaicony; Linden; Bartica; Suddie; St. Joseph’s Mercy; Davis Memorial and the Public Hospital in Georgetown. In addition to these major institutions, the hospital at Charity is supported with shipments sent to Suddie. Wismar and Kwakwani Hospitals are serviced through Linden Hospital. The Missions along the Abary River are serviced by the Mahaicony Hospital.

Why the need for GMR? – Guyana, on the north coast of South America, is a small country, still developing with resources that need to be stretched among many competing needs. As a result, there is a shortage of available dollars to provide for the medical needs of the entire population. GMR was formed by a small group of concerned Guyanese in Los Angeles, California originally to raise funds to sponsor shipments of urgently needed medical supplies and equipment to two hospitals in Guyana. The Organization was too small to effectively carry out its primary mission. It therefore partnered with a larger Non-Profit, Direct Relief of Santa Barbara. (Link to DR’s website here). Direct Relief (DR) obtains medical supplies and equipment and ships them all over the world. As a partner with GMR, Direct Relief ships the supplies requested by the hospitals in Guyana.

How do we operate? – Administration: GMR is operated by a Board of Directors and an Operating Committee who are all volunteers. There are no paid staff members. As a result, more than 90% of the funds raised by the Organization is used to ship items to Guyana. Meetings are held by the Board and the Operating Committee to establish annual programs and organize various activities.

Communications: We deal directly with the Ministry of Health and the hospitals. GMR’s representative in Guyana assists in the receipt and distribution of all shipments. Each hospital provides a list of its needs. The lists are sent to Direct Relief, so that only needed items are packaged and shipped. Committee Members in Los Angeles make contact with the Hospitals to verify the delivery of each shipment and DRI also receives from each hospital a confirmation of delivery.

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