Macfadden Supports U.S. Department of State Humanitarian Assistance Program in Moldova

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Through its contract with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator of U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia (EUR/ACE), Macfadden has provided support to the Department of State’s Operation Provide Hope for the past 17 years.  On September 21, 2012, a team of volunteer medical personnel departed to deliver humanitarian assistance to the Republic of Moldova.  Aboard an Air Force C-17 aircraft originating from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, the team arrived in Chisinau, Moldova, to deliver privately donated medicines and medical supplies valued at approximately $12 million.  As part of the operation, volunteers conducted training sessions and distributed 73 pallets of donated pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to regional health facilities. 

Jerry Oberndorfer, a Macfadden employee who currently serves as Director of Humanitarian Assistance Programs at EUR/ACE, attended the SRP ceremony held at Chisinau Municipal Clinical Hospital No. 4 (see photo) as part of the Physicians With Heart Project, a major humanitarian project that is directed, managed, and funded by the Humanitarian Office of EUR/ACE and implemented in country by Heart to Heart International and Counterpart International.

Funded by the Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets (FREEDOM) Support Act, Operation Provide Hope has supported two decades of transformational cooperation between the U.S. and the countries of the former Soviet Union.  Since these humanitarian airlifts began in 1992, Operation Provide Hope has supported 983 airlift missions and has shipped 24,192 surface containers of donated humanitarian aid valued at approximately $4.9 billion, 90% of which came from private donations.


Macfadden employee, Jerry Oberndorfer, attends the opening ceremony for the Small Reconstruction Project (SRP) at Municipal Clinical Hospital No. 4 in Chisinau, Moldova on September 26, 2012.

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