Ed Myers, a software quality engineer in Andover, Massachusetts, has coordinated donations of Philips equipment as part of a variety of humanitarian missions in the region and elsewhere. Working with organizations like Assist International and Rotary International, Ed has navigated a complex web of product donations, funding, logistics and transportation challenges to provide vital monitoring equipment to the hospitals that need it most.
In 2005, Ed assisted in the managing of a Medical Project through a donation from a Washington state hospital of refurbished Philips patient monitors while Philips donated medical consumables to Cure International Hospital in Kabul. This project was championed by Assist International along with Rotary International. Five years later, in 2010, he secured a donation of 16 SureSigns patient monitors for Jalalabad Public Health Hospital thru the assistance of Philips Healthcare, Assist International and Rotary International. In 2015, Philips Healthcare donated 16 fetal monitors for two hospitals in Jalalabad, Afghanistan that urgently needed the technology.
For the 2015 project, Rotary International provided the funding and support for a vocational training team to provide instruction on the devices at a teaching hospital in Adana, Turkey for physicians and an engineer from Jalalabad. Today, these fetal monitors are being used at two hospitals that deliver 50 infants a day at each hospital. Combined that is 100 infants a day. They also monitor the mother for any complications, to allow for the doctors to care for the mother and infant.