President Ricardo Reports:
RCPM and RC Valdivia-Ainil in Chile, have agreed to set up a major ‘Hospital Bed Bank’, to supply hospital beds to long term, bed-bound patients, living at home and in the care of family members. This action came from an earlier project of RCPM in RC District No. 4355 in southern Chile. On that occasion, RCPM had sent 13 tons of medical equipment, including 32 hospital beds. All the shipment was welcome, but it was the absolute riot for the hospital beds that alerted Rotarians in the area to the acute shortage of these type of beds in their community, and prompted them to take action.
President Silvia Lopes and Int. Director Fernando Meier of RC Valdivia Ainil met with District 4355 Governor, Ronald Keith Gaimer and the discussions lead to the decision to start a Hospital Bed Bank to service an area roughly 400 Km. long and 100Km wide, from Maule to Chiloe and encompassing around 500,000 inhabitants.
RCPM with help from Rotary’s ‘Donations in Kind’ in RC District 9800, have a agreed to donate a 40 foot shipping container full of hospital beds to kick off the project, denominated in Chile as ‘Banco Rotario de catres Clinicos’. The intention is to accumulate 140 beds over the next two years, and built up from there.
RC Valdivia-Ainil, will operate and manage the project from a warehouse in the city of Valdivia, but the project has District 4355 endorsement and the distribution of the beds will rely on the participation of all RC Clubs in the area.
The projects details were agreed on during a day-long meeting held in Curinanco, at the beautiful and remote seaside home of Rotarians, don Fernando Meier and wife Cecilia, on the 29th. September ’13. The meeting was attended by RC District 4355 Governor, Ronald Keith Gaimer, President of RC Valdivia-Ainil, Silvia Lopes, International Director of RC Valdivia-Ainil, Fernando Meier and President RC Port Melbourne, Ricardo Krauskopf.
RC Port Melbourne intends the first shipment of beds to leave from the Donations in Kind warehouse in West Footscray, in late November 2013 and RC Valdivia-Ainil intends distribution to the community to start in early February 2014.