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Students Seek Medical Supplies for Upcoming African Aid Trip

June 11, 2009

Several second-year medical students will travel to Cameroon, Africa, from July 8 to August 10 to help a local surgeon deliver much-needed medical supplies and services to remote villagers in the surrounding area. 

This is the first year Drexel students will be working with Dr. Georges Mbwelle. Together, they will journey into the country's rural areas to help their most medically underserved population. Mbwelle provides his time free of charge but depends upon contributions and moonlighting income to purchase surgical and medical supplies used during these trips.

In advance of their trip, the students are pleading for donations of medical supplies and funds to ship to the embassy in Yaoundé where they can be securely held for those who need it.

"We are paying for our own airfare and living expenses while there, but your help in underwriting the costs for medical supplies will make a huge difference in the lives of these remote villagers and is greatly appreciated," says Zach Massi, one of the five attending students.

The deadline for support is Friday, July 3.