FODAC Partners with Liberian Expat to Support Rehabilitation Services in Monrovia

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FODAC Partners with Liberian Expat to Support Rehabilitation Services in Monrovia


Shipment of Home Medical Equipment Aids Patient Recovery

  Stone Mountain GA – (16 September 2015) – Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC), a non-profit organization providing over $10 million annually in home medical equipment (HME) and supplies to the disabled community, has partnered with CE Turkett Consultants, LLC in support of a rehabilitation clinic in Monrovia. The SALT Rehabilitation Clinic recently received its first shipment of home medical equipment (HME), including orthotics, therapy equipment and walkers, from FODAC, which was shipped from the Atlanta organization’s warehouse in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The equipment will be used for rehabilitation clinical intervention in the areas of physical, occupational and speech therapy for both adult and pediatric patients, but particularly stroke patients and pediatric patients with developmental disabilities.   “We are so grateful for FODAC’s support of this clinic,” said Catherine Turkett Kamara, MS, founder and CEO, CE Turkett Consultants, LLC. “With the help of our business partners stateside, we can provide the means for our staff and volunteers in Liberia to build a strong organization that will help many people lead fuller more productive lives.”   The shipment of HME was donated by FODAC to support Kamara’s “Project Liberia,” an initiative to expand and promote the health care delivery system in Liberia in the area of allied health. Funded by members of the Liberian expatriate community in the U.S., the SALT Rehabilitation Clinic is the first of its kind in Monrovia, combining physical, occupational and speech therapy programs into one facility. Located in Zubah Town, a suburb just outside the city, the clinic also serves as a teaching center. Currently, there are 21 students being trained there as clinicians, working with eight pro-bono patients during the training phase which ends in October. The Clinic has extended an offer to the Liberian Ministry of Health to take additional pro-bono patients in September; in October, it opens to full-service, and already has a waiting list of patients.   This is just the latest shipment of HME to Liberia from FODAC; in October of 2014, the organization shipped a container of equipment to two other medical centers in response to the Ebola outbreak. With both the shipment in October and the recent one to SALT, much of the equipment was surplus inventory, much of it older-generation HME that was technologically outdated, such as hospital beds with hand-cranks. Usually, recycling or parts inventory are the only options for this type of equipment, which is still usable but not wanted by stateside clients who can choose newer, more current equipment.   “We are pleased to have been able to give this older and surplus equipment a second life,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “In the United States, we always have options to choose newer equipment, but that’s not the case in many remote regions overseas. In a country like Liberia, with a severely diminished infrastructure, hospitals and medical centers are operating with a severe lack of necessary equipment like hospital beds, therapy equipment, crutches and walkers. We were happy to provide SALT with the resources to help so many people work towards more fulfilling lives.”

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  About FODAC Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) helps people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished home medical equipment (HME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 200 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 400 HME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less.   In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of HME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the HME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state.   For more information on FODAC and its programs, visit economically disadvantaged elders receive the care and services necessary to sustain health, independent, and dignified lives.

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