December 2018 e-news
Delivering a World of Health and Hope .
13 Tons of Supplies to Two Continents
We sent out two containers in just the past two weeks! Multiple organizations from North America, Europe and Africa were involved in making both of these containers a reality. With over 30,000 lbs of supplies sent in 10 days, we are sending Health and Hope at a record pace.

Last week, we packed a container headed for Niš, Serbia. This is the first time we have sent medical supplies to a European country in over 2 years. This is a great reminder that medically under served communities exist everywhere. The Canadian nonprofit 28.Jun, formed by and for Serbians, wanted to supply a hospital in Niš to ensure safe delivery of babies and sustainable healthcare for their mothers.

A young boy being treated in Niš.

Thanks to Norton Women and Children, Jewish Downtown, and Baptist Health Floyd for their donation of the life-saving pieces of medical equipment that were desperately needed at the hospital in Niš. When hospitals replace medical equipment with newer technology, we are grateful to them for donating the surplus equipment that still has life saving capacity.
We also worked with the Fultang Foundation to send medical supplies to the community of Nkongsamba, Cameroon. The Fultang family, all doctors originally from Cameroon, built a new hospital facility to serve the local population.

The container included bassinets from TriHealth in Cincinnati, an infant incubator from University Hospital and an anesthesia machine from Heartland Medical . These items will provide proper care to everyone from infants to the elderly. Dr. Mercy Fultang (above, second from left) was able to join us for the container loading and spent the day with the SOS team. This container is only the beginning of the hospital's story. We look forward to seeing what impact these new healthcare services can bring to the lives of local Cameroonians!
Demetrius and Arnold load the first of the hospital beds.
Dr. Mercy Fultang puts a security band on the container's latch.
Stories From the SOS Family
In the past three months we have outfitted medical missions with more than 1,700 lbs of supplies to treat critical and common illnesses in 11 different countries! We received two reports from our teams in the field this month.

Dr. Mike Wu from the Phoenix International Foundation visited SOS in September to pack supplies to bring with him to Siam Reap, Cambodia. Dr. Wu and his team treated over 800 patients in two weeks! They treated illnesses common to the area such as respiratory infections and intestinal parasites.
Dr. Wu performs an ultrasound on a patient in Siam Reap.
A nurse from Phoenix International checks vitals on a patient.
The Phoenix International team in Cambodia
We also worked with Dr. Shawn Taylor, a pediatrician from the University of Kentucky, to send supplies to pediatric clinics in Haiti. Dr. Taylor was in-country for 10 days where she worked in two clinics in St-Louis-du-Nord.

She had consults with children presenting a range of illnesses and followed up with those she treated earlier this year. One of the clinics instituted a nutrition program in order to keep children resilient enough to fight off illness. Dr. Taylor's team saw more than 200 patients in just over a week!
The team in St.-Louis-du-Nord consults with a new patient.
Dr. Taylor follows up with a child enrolled in the nutrition program .

For more information on how you can get supplies for your next mission trip, send us an email at!
Volunteers Make Our Mission Possible
We are so grateful for our hospital partners! Not only do they support our mission through financial and medical donations, they also bring large groups of employees to volunteer with us. This month we had big groups from Norton Women's and Children's Hospital and Humana that sorted and packed supplies that are headed overseas.
Norton Women's and Children's Hospital volunteers.
Norton volunteers packing supplies for shipment overseas.
A team from Humana.
Humana volunteers help pack gauze.
You're Invited!
It's time to celebrate! Our Holiday Open House is Tuesday, December 11th 4pm-6pm .

There will be bourbon and wine tastings and tours available for anyone curious about our mission. This is the perfect time to bring a friend and introduce them to SOS! RSVP  here  and we will see you December 11th!

You can help SOS while you finish your holiday shopping with Amazon Smile! Click here and choose "SOS International Inc." to support our mission. Happy shopping!

Supplies Over Seas (SOS) is a Louisville, Kentucky-based nonprofit organization that meets critical health care needs in medically impoverished communities around the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies and equipment.

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