Canadian doctor receives $2.3 million of medicines and supplies for hospital in Zimbabwe



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ -

    


                                 Media Event

                         Tuesday, June 10, 10:00 a.m.
      HPIC Distribution Centre, 7045A Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario
                                 905.670.1990

    

    Background:

    Canadian physician Dr. Paul Thistle, chief medical officer of the Howard
Hospital in rural Zimbabwe, is experiencing first-hand the humanitarian crisis
that is overwhelming that country. At Howard Hospital, he deals every day with
the challenge of the lack of available medicine to treat his patients.
    Howard Hospital is best known to Canadians as the place where conjoined
twins were born in 2004, and then flown to Toronto and separated at the
Hospital for Sick Children in March 2005. The twins continue to grow and
develop under Dr. Thistle's regular care.
    Through Health Partners International of Canada, a medical aid agency,
Canadian healthcare companies from all sectors of the industry are responding
to Dr. Thistle's request for help. Fifteen companies have donated $2.3 million
of medicines, supplies and equipment to be shipped to Howard Hospital in
mid-June.
    Dr. Thistle is coming to Canada to receive an Honorary Doctor of Law from
the University of Windsor, Ontario and a humanitarian award from the Royal
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
    On Tuesday, June 10, he will be speaking to key representatives from the
healthcare industry and the media at HPIC's Distribution Centre in
Mississauga, where the shipment is being prepared.

    Interviews:

    1. Dr. Paul Thistle, chief medical officer of Howard Hospital, Zimbabwe
    2. Glen Shepherd, V-P and COO, Health Partners International of Canada
    3. Representatives from major Canadian healthcare companies

    B-roll and photos:

    Footage and photos from Howard Hospital will be available to media

    Directions: From hwy 401, take hwy 410 north. Exit at Derry Road east.
Travel to first set of lights - Tomken Road. Turn left. HPIC distribution
centre is on your right: 7045 A Tomken Rd.




For further information:

For further information: Margaret Buchanan, Director, Media Relations,
(514) 695-0007 x 106; (514) 402-2270; mbuchanan@hpicanada.ca;
www.hpicanada.ca


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