Minneapolis, MN Fundraising for Cuba’s hospitals‏

Aug 25, 2015 by

On Saturday, August 29, a Fundraising event to send medical equipment to Cuba’s hospitals, will

take place at Du Nord, Craft Spirits, 2610 E. 32nd Street, Minneapolis, from 6 to 8 pm.

Program: Speakers, videos, Silent Auction (Cuban Art), live music, “mojitos,” Spanish “tapas” and good conversation.

FFI: Franklin 612 824 6109

Sponsored by: Minnesota Cuba Committee, Acentos, Inc., Dialog One, Victor’s 1950 Café.



August 2015


St Louis Park-Based Nonprofit Expanding Access to Health in Cuba


(Minneapolis, MN) – As diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba have resumed for the first time in more than 50 years, Matter, a St. Louis Park-based nonprofit with a mission to expand access to health and food next door and around the world, is poised to bring updated medical equipment to Cuban hospitals through a unique partnership with Global Links, a Pittsburgh-based not-for-profit with 20+ years of experience providing medical aid and resources to Cuba.


Matter has a 15 year history of shipping medical equipment and supplies to developing hospitals and clinics around the world. This month, Matter is partnering with Global Links, to provide supplies and equipment to a medical school in Havana. This effort was spurred by Roberto Fonts (Dialog One), and Franklin Curbelo (Acentos, Inc.), members of the Twin Cities Hispanic community who have contributed time and financial resources in an effort to help Cuban hospitals.


Under the current US Embargo, Cuba is not able to purchase products, merchandise, machinery, or equipment which contains more than 10% North American components. This has made many medicines, materials, supplies, equipment and parts inaccessible to the Cuban market. Although the country allocates 8.6% of its GDP to health care, the U.S. embargo and the economic challenges of the country have prevented Cuba from keeping up with the demands of purchasing medical equipment, supplies, and medicines needed to deliver optimal health care to its more than 11 million citizens.


The first shipment from the United States to Cuba as a part of this partnership is scheduled to take place in September and will contain training and medical items, many of which will be sent to the Escuela Latinoamericana de Medicina in Havana. It will include items supplied my Matter such as an IV training arm (currently there is only one in the entire medical school), adult and infant CPR dolls, a heart model, a lung model, an anatomy mannequin, spirometers and lab microscopes.

Matter and the Hispanic community in the Twin Cities are raising awareness and resources for future shipment. Another container including items such as hospital beds and laboratory equipment for hospitals in Santiago de Cuba is scheduled for September/October 2015.


Please contact Mike Muelken, Vice President of Procurement and International Programs at mike@mattermore.org for more information.




Further information


Matter www.matter.ngo

Believing that the simple act of being resourceful can change the world, Matter is on a mission to expand access to health and food, next door and around the world. Matter achieves this goal through a variety of innovative programing, including the shipment of medical supplies and equipment to hospitals and clinics in developing nations. Through partnerships with medical facilities and suppliers in the United States, Matter procures medical equipment and supplies, then sends these goods to carefully-vetted partners on the ground.


Since our founding in 2000, Matter has helped to distribute more than $550 million in wholesale goods to people in need all over the world. In 2014 alone, Matter shipped 62 containers of medical equipment and supplies, worth $29.4 million to 18 countries all around the world. From maternity wards in Eastern Africa to paramedic teams in Central America, Matter provides opportunity, resources and restorative aid to those living in scarcity, in create a world where we all matter more.


Global Links www.globallinks.org

Global Links is a 26 year old medical relief and development organization dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities, primarily in the Western Hemisphere. Global Links collaborates with US healthcare institutions and the community to recover hundreds of tons of high-quality surplus medical materials every year that would otherwise be sent to landfills. These materials are shared with public health facilities around the world and non-profit organizations in Western Pennsylvania that are providing care for their community’s most vulnerable people.

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