December 19, 2012

Good Will and Peace in Afghanistan


OML welcomes its newest POC: Michael R. Singleton, an Army physician assistant with with the Afghan National Army in Kapisa Province in Eastern Afghanistan. He is working closely with a physician and 7 physician assistants in the Afghan Army. There is a dire need for current (gently used, is fine) medical educational resources, specifically pharmacopieas, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine and anatomy/ortho textbooks. CPT Singleton is associated with at least 5 other medical teams of similar size in the same dismal situation.
These books will improve the good will between the US and Afghanistan, as well as have a tremendous impact on the Afghan medical education and health care system.
The most economical shipping method is USPS Media Mail rate. All boxes require a US Customs form 2976-A. The forms and clear outside pouch are available at no charge at your local USPS branch/office.   Please limit boxes to 25 lbs each. If you would like to receive an electronic delivery confirmation, please indicate your request with a note with your email address in the shipment.
To ensure that the books arrive before he leaves his current assignment, please send prior to March 1, 2013.
Michael Singleton
Naghlu High Aid Station
HHC 2/7 CAV, 4BCT, 1CD
Naghlu High
APO AE 09354

In this season of miracles and hope for peace on Earth, thank you for giving the perfect "gift."

December 13, 2012

MCMC Students Studying in Library

Recently, Myungsung Christian Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia received nine boxes of medical textbooks from OML. These educational resources are now in the library and accessible to medical students.

December 4, 2012

Mozambican Hospital Requests Pediatric Textbooks for Residents

The Department of Pediatrics at Hospital Central de Maputo in Mozambique is in need of Pediatric medicine textbooks to support graduate medical education for its pediatric residency. Books in Portuguese or Spanish are highly preferred, but English books can also be used. Titles should be no more than 5 years old and can be general pediatric topics or regarding any pediatric subspecialty. Examples of books wanted include: Nelson's textbook of Pediatrics, Harriet Lane, Red Book, Avery's Neonatal Diseases, Sanford's Antibiotic guide, Roger's ICU textbook, etc... The US address to send the books to is:

Emily A. Hartford, M.D.
℅ Risa Hoffman, M.D.
10833 Le Conte Ave 13-154 CHS,
Los Angeles, CA 90095

The UCLA Program in Global Health together with Partners for Pediatric Progress has established strong relationships with the Department of Pediatrics at the Central Hospital of Maputo and the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) School of Medicine, the primary teaching hospital and medical school in the country. This program began in 2007 and was focused around medical education and training initiatives; it is now growing into a collaboration that will work towards improving pediatric hospital care in Maputo while supporting the training programs that will produce the next generation of Mozambican physicians.

Mozambique achieved independence from Portuguese rule in 1975 then suffered a prolonged civil war that began shortly afterwards and ended in 1992 after a successful UN-negotiated peace agreement. In 2004, its leader for 18 years stepped down and the current president was elected. It is now a peaceful nation with impressive economic growth and many natural resources and industries including oil, natural gas, aluminum, business, and tourism. Despite this progress, it is estimated that 54% of the population still live in poverty and in the rural areas the majority of families practice subsistence agriculture to survive.

Mozambique has a total population of 23.5 million with over 10 million children aged 0-14. Despite gains over the past decade, it has some of the highest neonatal and child mortality rates in the world ranking 11th from the bottom of the list at 77 per 1000 live births (neonatal) and 138 per 1000 (under-five). The major causes of under-five mortality include malaria, diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, and vaccine-preventable diseases. Malnutrition is also very prevalent contributing to over half of childhood mortality and causing stunting of growth in 44% of children under 5 years. The HIV/AIDS prevalence is also high (11.3% among adults) and new HIV infections are common in children who do not have access to prophylaxis from vertical transmission at birth.

There is a huge shortage of physicians in the country (estimated at one per 37,000 residents), with less than 50 pediatricians, no pediatric subspecialists, and one pediatric surgeon serving the entire country. Our project seeks to equip the future generation of Mozambican pediatricians with the tools they need to continually learn and improve the care they provide for children in Mozambique.

For any questions please contact Emily Hartford, M.D.,the UCLA faculty in-country pediatrician, at or 206-429-5199.


November 1, 2012

OML Partner Has Clothing Drive for Afghanistan

Dear Friends,

Imagine Asia is collecting coats, sweaters, gloves, hats, pants, etc. for children in Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan. By early November, there is snow in the mountains, and as the weeks go on, the weather will be below freezing much of the time. Many families live in small mud homes with no source of heat, water, etc. Some live in caves. Every year babies and young children freeze to death, so we are collecting warm clothes to send immediately.

If you could spread the word to your friends and family I'd be very grateful. We need clothes for children from Newborn size up to about middle school size.

Clothes should be clean and in excellent condition with no rips, tears, missing buttons, etc. We will collect here in Exton and will send them promptly.

Many of us who have been without power since the (super Sandy) storm, have a very small taste of life without heat, water, electricity. It brings the need in Bamiyan into sharp relief. Please help us meet this urgent need. We would like to surpass the number of boxes we sent last year.

Send items to:

Steve McCurry Studios, LLC

434 Exton Commons

Exton, PA 19341

Thank you!


Imagine Asia


September 5, 2012

PDR Network Donates Nurse's Drug Handbooks

PDR Network donated five copies of the 2012 edition of Nurse's Drug Handbook. These valuable resources will be sent to Ethiopia, Malawi, and Pakistan. A special shout out to Jason at PDR Network.


September 4, 2012

OML Starts Sending Books to Pakistan

There is an urgent need for medical textbooks for five medical schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, which is in Northwest Pakistan. Please send books no older than 2007. ImagineAsia has been providing textbooks for universities and medical colleges for four years in South Asia donated by medical associations, schools, and hospitals. ImagineAsia, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. The US address to send the books to is:

Bonnie V'Soske
434 Exton Commons
Exton, PA 19341


August 23, 2012

2012 PDR Hand-delivered to Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital

From left to right: Moges Alemu, Board Chairman; Dawit Moges, CEO and Valerie Walker

It was a joyful occasion when Valerie Walker presented a Physicians Desk Reference 2012 edition to Moges Alemu and Dawit Moges of Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital (SAMH).  SAMH is a 75 bed hospital that provides basic healthcare to a community over 500,000 in Adama, a city just north of Addis Abeba (the capital city). It has performed 3,000 cleft lip operation collaboration with "The Smile Train" organization, over 40,000 HIV screening collaboration with USAID and just started a cervical cancer screening with IPRH ( International Partnership for Reproductive Health).
For more information on SAMH visit: Link

August 22, 2012

Mid-Wifery Workbook Series Delivered to Africa

Katherine King-Goodrich, a Certified Nurse Midwife, on staff at Kaiser-Permanente in Walnut Creek, California, donated 5 midwifery workbook series. These much-needed educational resources were given to Daeyang Nursing College (Malawi), Partners in Hope (Malawi), Myungsung Christian Medical Center (Ethiopia), Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital (Ethiopia), and Zimbabwe Project run by Africa Future Foundation (Zimbabwe).
Daeyang Nursing College

Partners in Hope

Myungsung Christian Medical Center 

Sister Aklesia Memorial Hospital

On behalf of those living in Ethiopia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, "Thank you, Katherine!"

August 18, 2012

OML Hand-Delivers Books to Daeyang Nursing College

Dr. Susie Kim, Principal of Daeyang Nursing College (DNC) in Lilongwe, Malawi, (far right) accepts 400 pounds of nursing textbooks hand-delivered by OML's founder, Valerie Walker.


July 25, 2012

PDR Network Donates $1,175.40 in Books


An OML shout-out of THANKS to Physicians Desk Reference Network and Jason Willet, Director of Medical Communications & Partner Relations. The company donated 12 copies of its Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) 2012 edition. (Value of $1,175.40) PDR is a commercially published compilation of manufacturers' prescribing information on prescription drugs. It is updated annually and offers healthcare information tailored to physicians, nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants and consumers. The books will be used in formal education and clinical settings in Ethiopia and Malawi.

To learn more about Physicians Desk Reference Network, visit

July 19, 2012

Team to Hand Deliver Textbooks to Malawi

Los Angeles members of an American medical team visiting Daeyang Nursing College (DNC) in August, will hand deliver 250 pounds of medical and nursing textbooks. DNC is located in Lilongwe, Malawi. Its mission is to develop Christ-inspired and competent nurses who provide comprehensive, compassionate and culturally sensitive nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities in a global society. DNC's goal is to provide a collaborative teaching and learning environment to achieve this mission. The nursing college currently has a three-year diploma program and is trying to promote to four-year Bachelor of Science Nursing. The book-to-student ratio is one-to-eight.

A special OML shout out of thanks to Esther Kang, RN, with Healthcare Professionals Ministry, for her assistance.

June 25, 2012

Louisiana Becomes 17th US State to Participate in OML

Under the leadership of Shawn Patrick, University of Louisiana at Monroe, College of Pharmacy becomes the 17th US state to hold an official OML book drive. The collected pharmacology resources were donated to Afghanistan, Ethiopia, and Zambia.

"Thank you!" to Patrick and his Class of 2012 classmates.

June 10, 2012

OML Adds Zambia to Its Recipient Countries List

Through a partnership with LifeNet International (LNI), OML is able to donate medical educational resources to Lusaka, Zambia. During their recent visit to Los Angeles, African pastor, Bishop George Mbulo and his wife, Bea, received textbooks donated by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA students.

LNI will include donated health sciences (dental, medical, and nursing) resources in its cargo container shipment, which is scheduled to leave San Pedro, California in late summer 2012. The books must have current information. Please limit each box to 25 pounds and ship via USPS Media Mail rate to:

Discovery Studios West
Attn: Randall L. Rike
962 N. La Cienega Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069-4717

For more information about LifeNet International

May 6, 2012

Duke University Football Team Delivers Buckeyes' Books

On May 5, 2012, representatives from the Myungusng Christian Medical Center met members of the Duke University football team at Addis Ababa airport. The players hand-delivered 95 pounds of books collected by Ohio State University (OSU) medical students through its OML drive. Mailing textbooks from the United States to Ethiopia is expensive. For this donation, the books were sent from Ohio to North Carolina. Wonderful team work displayed by Duke University and OSU. In the first picture,the Duke University travelling team at the airport with the COO of Myungsung Christian Medical Center. (center: Korean gentleman) The second photo was taken at the library of Myungusng Medical College, where the books are already arranged books on a bookshelf. Myungusng Christian Medical Center

April 17, 2012

Future Physician Conducts OML Drive in Dayton, Ohio

A million thanks to eighteen-year-old Ayesha Khan, who recently conducted an extensive OML drive in the greater Dayton, OH area. She collected over 330 pounds of books and sent them to various locations: Afghanistan, Antigua, and the Philippines. Ayesha is planning on attending the University of Cincinnati this fall with a dual acceptance to the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine through its Connections Program. She aspires to become a physician and hopes to continue her work with OML in the future, as well as other medical relief work.


April 9, 2012

OSU College of Medicine Sends Books to Ethiopia

International Health Interest Group members at Ohio State University College of Medicine conducted an OML drive. Ninety-four pounds of books were donated by current medical students. The educational resources left Ohio today for Mysungsung Christian Medical College in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A big OML shout out of thanks to Daniel Francescon for his leadership role in the book drive.

Pictured: Left to right: OSU College of Medicine students, Prashanth Swamy and Daniel Francescon.


March 8, 2012

March 7, 2012

New Photo of Myungsung Christian Medical College


The Myungsung Christian Medical College is the building with red roofs, which is beside the church with two crosses.

February 29, 2012

Research4Life Offers Free Access to HINARI Content to More than 75 Developing Countries

Visit Research4Life to learn how its vision, mission, and committment to sharing information are closing the scientific knowledge gap throughout the world.

To view the list of countries eligible to access the HINARI content free or at low-cost.


OML Receives Support from United Kingdom and Opens Door for Expansion to Developing Countries

A special OML thank you to the Springer Healthcare Global Marketing and Publishing Services division located in Chester, UK. Springer Healthcare is a leading publisher of medical educational products for the healthcare community, and forms part of Springer Science+Business Media, one of the world's leading global scientific and medical publishers.

As a result of its inquiry to donate journals, OML's impact in Ethiopia and other developing countries around the world will increase exponentially. Mille grazie for referring OML recipients to Research4Life.

Springer Healthcare

February 28, 2012

OML Adds Ethiopia as Recipient Country

OML is assisting Myungsung Christian Medical Center (MCM)* in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with creating a biomed library for its medical college. The academic institution, with the capacity to train around 180 medical students, will begin instruction this fall and serve as a teaching hospital. This will increase the quality of health care within the country and reduce the number of Ethiopians who travel abroad seeking better medical services. MCM will greatly benefit from medical textbooks and reference books published within the last three years and journals published within the last year.

The most economical shipping method from America is using United States Postal System (USPS) “Priority Flat Rate.” It will cost approximately $60 for up to a maximum of 20 pounds. The boxes, as well as the US Customs forms, are free of charge and available at your local USPS branch. Please be sure to indicate on the customs form that the shipment is a “gift.”

The shipping address is:
Myungsung International Development
Myungsung Christian Medical Center
P.L.C Bole Kifle Ketema
Kebele 11
P.O.Box 15478
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

*Myungsung Christian Medical Center (MCM), better known as the Korean Hospital, was founded in 2004 by the Myungsung Presbyterian Church of Korea Mission. MCM’s mission is to show the love of Jesus Christ by providing advanced medical services to the people in Ethiopia.