Macfadden Supports International Relief Efforts in Tbilisi, Georgia through the U.S. Department of State
Friday, 14 September 2007
Macfadden's Humanitarian Assistance Division of the Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (EUR/ACE) at the U.S. Department of State continued its commitment to ensuring humanitarian relief efforts operate smoothly and efficiently, enabling the U.S. Department of State's Operation Project Hope to successfully complete its 912th medical drop within the former Soviet Union. The program's focus this year was on Georgia, a Eurasian country in the Caucasus located at the east coast of the Black Sea. Departing for its capital, Tbilisi, on September 12, 2007, the Department of State led a delegation of various organizations that have contributed to the success of this humanitarian assistance effort.
Since 1992, the Department of State Humanitarian Program Operation Project Hope, has flown 912 airlift missions and shipped over 22,000 containers of defense excess and donated humanitarian aid material from over 450 private volunteer groups to twelve countries of the former Soviet Union" a total value of approximately $4 billion. This year, a record $11 million in lifesaving medicine and critical medical supplies were delivered via a United States Air Force C-17 cargo plane during this historical relief effort.
Macfadden's team coordinated the project with transport and logistics companies and non-government organizations (NGOs), including Project Hope, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), ACTS International, International Relief and Development (IRD), SAE-Hellinicare and others to collect, transport, and deliver needed supplies from the U.S. Government and health care and pharmaceutical companies across the globe. As a result, critical humanitarian relief supplies reached more than 90,000 patients in the Caucasus region of Georgia.
The Department of State Delegation for this medical drop included Coordinator Tom Adams and three (3) Macfadden team members: Jerry Oberndorfer, John Post, and Kim Chemerika. Jerry Oberndorfer, Macfadden's Director of Humanitarian Assistance, plays a key role in coordinating and overseeing humanitarian assistance each year on behalf of EUR/ACE and the U.S. Government to countries of the former Soviet Union, and was instrumental in managing this, as well as many other assistance projects, to the Georgian Republic. John Post, Macfadden's Humanitarian Aid Specialist, coordinated the identification, preparation and delivery of DoD excess medical equipment and supplies to Georgia. Both Jerry and John have been working with the U.S. Government, U.S. embassies, NGOs, local governments and organizations for over fifteen (15) years to build, upgrade, and supply hospitals in the region. Kim Chemerika, Executive Vice President for Macfadden, who has overseen Macfadden's contract with the Department of State since 1999, was invited to join the Delegation of twenty (20) from the United States.
The Team was met with a warm welcome by First Lady of Georgia, Sandra Roelofs, Georgian Minister of Health, Dr. Davit Tkeshelashvili and U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, John Tefft.