The Wisconsin Medical Project (WMP) started in 2004. Our initial goal was to provide medical supplies and equipment to the pediatric hospital in Camaguey, Cuba.
People from Madison, Wisconsin, were fortunate to travel to Camaguey as members of the Madison-Camaguey Sister City Association since 1994 at a time when people-to-people travel to Cuba was licensed by our government. In 2002, licenses for this type of travel were curtailed.
The travelers from Madison had seen the need for equipment and supplies in the otherwise well-staffed and run medical facilities in Camaguey, especially the pediatric hospital, and providing them had become an integral part of the sister city effort.
Fortunately the possibility of continued assistance to the Cubans could be addressed by incorporation of the Wisconsin Medical Project as a humanitarian group, which has been able to obtain a US Department of Commerce export license and a US Department of Treasury travel license to continue this effort.
Since 2004 WMP has sent fourteen 40-foot containers of medical supplies and equipment to Camaguey.
Over 200 members of the group have visited Camaguey to oversee the distribution of the containers, deliver medical instruments like microscopes, to visit the medical facilities, to learn about the excellent Cuban medical system, and to establish lasting personal friendships.
Here in Madison the scope of our activity has grown to involve rental of a warehouse where donations are accepted, packaged, refurbished if needed, and prepared to be shipped to recipient locations. A small, dedicated, unpaid staff does this work.