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Medical Aid Caravan Bound For Nicaragua

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Medical aid groups throughout the midwest are gearing up to ship equipment and supplies to the people of Nicaragua through the Ministry of Health (MINSA). A similar effort last spring was extremely successful: over $200,000 worth of supplies were sent to Managua and distributed to hospitals, clinics and health outposts in various locations around the country. A caravan of vehicles containing medical material collected by concerned citizens in Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota will converge in Milwaukee.Wisconsin May 15. The material will be loaded into an 8' x 8' x 40' container and shipped by rail Erom New Holstein, Wisconsin to a U.S. seaport. The container will arrive in Nicaragua approximately six weeks later. The CARAVAN is a project of the Midwest Regiem of the National Central America Health Rights Network (NCAHRN) a coalition of Central America medical aid groups. Local arrangements in Milwaukee are handled by the Ecumenical Refugee Council. The CARAVAN's purpose is to supply essential material aid to Nicaragua and to provide a focus for protest of U.S. administrador! policy in Central America. Since 1983, NCAHRN has sent delegations of health workers to Nicaragua to document the health effects of the (see Medical Aid, page 23) MEDICAL AID (continued from page 10) "contra" war. Their findings have exposed the contras! violations of both human rights and medical neutrality. In the cover anieles of its February 13, 1987 issue, The American Medical News (the newspaper of the American Medical Association) has reponed these findings and written about the medical solidary work of U.S. health workers. An abbreviated report of these findings has received coverage major national news-papers. A final report of these findings was published in March and wil] be distributed to all members of Congress. To dónate medical equipment, medicines, educational materials or material aid such as bedding cali Sue Reinhart at 769-0316 or Dr. Andrew Zweifler at 6636576 by May 7. Money is needed for shipping costs and may also be designated for purchase of medication at 3% of cost (essentially a handling charge). Checks may be made out to NMAP or NMAPCapp Street Foundation for tax purposes.


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