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OGH donates medical supplies for Uganda

Posted on: 12/14/2017

At left, Zach Rodriguez, founder of Embrace It Africa, accepts a donation of medical supplies from Vi-Anne Antrum, chief nursing officer, vice president, patient care services, OGH, and Jeff Zewe, senior vice president, chief operating officer, OGH.

Olean General Hospital, a member of Upper Allegheny Health System and Kaleida Health facility, recently donated medical supplies to Embrace It Africa, a non-profit organization that helps the people of Bethlehem, Uganda.

The organization, based at St. Bonaventure University, helps with access to education, economic development and public health in the Rakai District of Uganda. The medical supplies that OGH donated will be used at a new medical clinic. Staffed with a physician, two nurses, a midwife and lab technician, the clinic will provide medications, injections, laboratory testing and diagnoses and general health education.

“We’re only months away from finishing the medical clinic and are looking for donations to help cut costs,” said Zach Rodriguez, one of the organization’s founders.

Consistent healthcare is a primary concern. The clinic will be a place for people to access regular healthcare, where they can build a patient history and staff can get to know their health needs. Common illnesses like malaria and typhoid can be diagnosed and treated, Rodriguez said.

The original goal in Uganda was to eliminate poverty and boost economic growth. He said no one can help with money alone while poor health and education exist. All those things impact improvement.

“For now, the primary school students from the Bethlehem Parent’s School and Orphanage will use the clinic. Hopefully, it will grow to care for the entire community,” Rodriguez said.
Embrace It Africa started as a student club at SBU and has now grown into an international organization. For more information, visit

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