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Donations needed for LMU international rotations in Costa Rica and Uganda

The 12th  annual international rotation for fourth year medical students of the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved (LMU) Certificate Program based at the MSU College of Human Medicine's Flint campus is fast approaching. Seventeen LMU students will be traveling to the underserved areas of Costa Rica and Uganda to learn about and experience international health care for a structured 8 weeks in January-February 2015. They are seeking supplies and/or monetary donations (for care of patients/communities) to support their endeavors.  They will be working with the Foundation for the Medical Relief of Children based in international urban, rural and indigenous areas. 

How you can help:

  1. Read more about the students’ trips and learn about the LMU program. Click on the donation button at the bottom of any of the website pages to make a direct donation to LMU. Your donations are tax deductible (Our MSU Tax ID# is 38-6005984) through MSU Development and you will receive a receipt by email and mail. 
  2. Go directly to the donation site for the University gift giving for the College of Human Medicine and select the Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved-Flint program, then click “add to Cart” (it is the third one on the list).
  3. If you prefer to send a check rather than using the web site, please send to Amy Pohl, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, E. Fee Hall, 965 Fee Road A106, East Lansing, MI 48824 or directly to the MSU Development Office 300 Spartan Way, East Lansing, MI 48824-1005 and indicate in the memo line that it is for the LMU program.
  4. Donate equipment, clothes, medications (with 6 months at minimum to expiration), art supplies (paper, crayons, sparkles etc), small ziplock bags, and anything else that will lend itself to primary care. Nebulizers and respiratory meds are helpful for kids and adults that will be treated for asthma and other reactive airway conditions. We also have included a listing of needed supplies, medicines and other materials that you might find available in your daily activities that could help these sustainable and permanent, yet needy clinics. Supplies may be delivered to Amy Pohl’s East Lansing Office College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, E. Fee Hall, 965 Fee Road A106, East Lansing or Dr. Schnuth’s Office at  200 E. 1st Street, Flint. We can come by your location at a predetermined time to pick up the items from you. If you are in the East Lansing or Grand Rapids areas, we are able to set up a time that a preclinical LMU student will be able to pick up any supplies or donations you might have. Call 517-355-0264 and talk to Amy to set up a pick up time.
  5. Follow the students' blogs as they share the beauty of the people and countries they will discover.

They will be completing their final packing activities the week of January 5 in preparation for their departure on January 10. Students will be carrying the supplies with them (unless we have supplies enough to warrant shipping).  We will return February 25 and will be most eager to share with you how your contribution benefited their activities and care of the underserved. Remember, we graciously welcome all financial contributions, as well as gifts of supplies, both medical and general. 100% of your monetary donations will go toward community projects and the purchase of medications, medical and dental supplies for patients and families in need. We also have contributed to larger items for communities in the past (that do not fit in our luggage!) such as a generator for back up power support for the clinic and living quarters at the Uganda site, the supplies and building of a brick incinerator for waste disposal at the Nicaraguan site, playground equipment and emergency meal support at the Costa Rican site, a refrigerator and safe sleep mats for the El Salvador site in the day care facility of the community, to name a few.

Thank you so much for your consideration.  Your donations and support make such difference in the quality of experience for the students and in the sustainable efforts in these underserved international communities.

Questions? Contact Rae Schnuth, PhD, director, Leadership in Medicine for the Underserved at or Amy Pohl at 517-355-0264.

Uganda 2014