At 10:30 a.m. on May 9, 3-month-old Wesley Jabbah of New Dolos Town, Liberia, became the 2 billionth person to receive aid from the Brunswick-based non-governmental organization MAP International.
On hand for the event were MAP’s Chief Development Officer Scott Walters, regional representative of MAP West Africa; Julien Ake, a medical doctor, and Liberia‘s Atlanta-based Honorary Consul General Cynthia Blanford Nash, who hand-delivered Wesley’s medicine.
Meanwhile, a $1.4 million shipment, which left Georgia by tanker in March, was expected to reach Liberia Saturday, May 12. With the arrival of the shipment, MAP would have overseen more than $4 billion in aid distribution since its inception in 1954.
Kipp Branch, MAP’s global essential medicine and supplies manager, told GlobalAtlanta in a telephone interview from Brunswick that the shipment contains antibiotics, vitamins, acetomenophin and other items to outfit a rural clinic. These supplies will be distributed to around 25 Liberian clinics that have been partnered with MAP for more than two decades, each of which serve 100-300 patients daily.
He also said that with such a high demand for medicine, the 250,000 treatments in this shipment would not last more than three months.
MAP sends 12 to 20 shipments to Liberia annually.
Mr. Branch also stressed that it’s not just numbers, but it is “the impact we have on people’s lives” that makes his work worthwhile.
MAP’s samaritan attitude and perseverance earned the organization acclaim this past December from Charity Navigator, an organization that ranks charities.
Mr. Branch had a simple answer when asked what MAP’s plans are after reaching $4 billion.
“Five billion,” he said.