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The Nurses Apron Partnership

Help needed for Poppy's trip to Kenya

Posted: 28 February 10

March 1, 2010—During the first week of April, Poppy Buchanan and six others, including several of her family members, are traveling to Kenya for the opening of the WAKA Continuing Education Center in Nyeri, which has been constructed through the support of Burning Bush, Inc. (BBI). As has happened on previous trips, Poppy’s entourage will forego taking all but basic necessities for themselves, using backpacks and other carry-on equipment to transport those items, and will reserve their 100 pound checked-luggage allottment for taking donated supplies and equipment to the nurses in Central Kenya province.

With less than five weeks before their planned departure, Poppy is asking for as much help as she can get to fill those pieces of luggage. Quoting from Poppy they need “gloves, gloves gloves, bandaging materials, sutures (can be out of date), thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, anything that would be used to provide basic medical care. Portable DVD players so the nurses can take material home to study. Flash discs. Wall clocks. Any kind of teaching models i.e. human body male and female pelvic model, baby model, pregnant uterine models, breast models, arm models. There is at least some chance that some school would have such if we can just find it.”

She has asked that TNAP do anything we can do to help her in this quest, including rounding up supplies from any sources we may have and forwarding this memo to friends and colleagues world-wide to see if these supplies can be located. Medical equipment representatives may be a great source of supplies, so if you know someone who is in that position, please contact them and ask for their assisitance. She is willing to pick up any of these from locations reasonably close to Nashville and will be pleased to discuss this personally with anyone who can be helpful. She can be reached through her email at

This is a tremendous challenge and a great opportunity for those of us who may have access to such supplies. Please see what you can do to make this venture successful.
Ginger Manley, Founder
The Nurses’ Apron Partnership

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