EUGENE, OR, April 27, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- After nearly two years of negotiations, Western Shelter System was chosen to outfit 23 mobile medical clinics in Swaziland as part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS relief. Beginning in April, the clinics will be opening up across Swaziland to perform AIDS education, circumcisions and medication dispersal. Staffed by NGO and volunteer organizations, these remote clinics will be essential in the fight against HIV/AIDS throughout the country.
Supplied by the US Government as part of the remote clinic program in the fight against AIDS, the Department of Defense will be setting up the 23 GK1935 shelters at various locations. Each clinic is based off the Western Shelter GateKeeper 1935 shelter which provides an environmentally secure system that is well suited for medical treatment. The interoperable design of the shelter allows the clinics an added level flexibility should future medical response requires a larger complex of shelters be created.
Western Shelter's own Mike Ottaway and Tim Myhre recently travelled to the Kingdom of Swaziland in South Africa to train the Umbutfo Swaziland Defense Force (USDF) on site selection criteria, as well as the use of the shelters. Mike and Tim arrived with the first installment of shelters and were able to assist the USDF in off-loading the cases after a complication with the crane presented the team with the challenge of unloading the 10 cases from the 40' ocean container. Once the cases were transported to the training grounds, Tim and Mike spent the next few days training 40 members of the USDF in the set up and striking of the shelters.
The team at Western Shelter Systems is very pleased that our products and team members could be of service to this great International Humanitarian cause. For additional information on the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief please visit http://www.pepfar.gov/
View a time lapse video of the shelter set up and take down from the Swaziland trip on the DOD HIV/AIDS Prevention Program Facebook page.
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