Tibetans preserve their unique culture.
January 23, 2004
Robbie Chase, Candace Cole, Conrad Richter (Coordinator)
of the meeting was to coordinate plans for the acqusition of medical
supplies for the 2004 expedition to Zadoh in July.
1. Candace will proceed immediately with sourcing as many of the
drugs on our drug list (http://www.gadenrelief.org/staff/druglist2004.html)
as possible from her hospital pharmacist. The list will be presented
to the pharmacist soon (or already has been presented) but a deadline
will be set at April 30 to know exactly what we will or won't
get. Typically, the drugs sourced through the pharmacist are free
2. Conrad has already presented the drug list to CanMAP and Novopharm,
and to John Rumball's CIMAP. Once we find out what they can supply,
we will wait until May to confirm the orders. Both CanMAP and
CIMAP charge 10% of the wholesale price for drugs.
3. Conrad and Matt King will take an inventory of the five boxes
of drugs donated by Dr. Len Levine on Monday. The list will be
forwarded to Candace and Robbie for a decision on what is useful
4. Candace will study the Aventis website (http://www.aventis-us.com/USProducts.jsp)
to see if there are any drugs that could be useful. If so, then
Candace will prepare a list which will be forwarded to Rob Stevens
to pass on to his friend at Aventis.
5. Conrad will price the non-drug needs at Toronto medical supply
houses. Any order for non-drug supplies likely will not need to
be confirmed until May or June. We will wait to see if any other
sources materialize in the meantime. Unlike drugs, the non-drug
supplies should be easy to obtain on short notice.
6. A pressure-cooker sterilizer will be purchased in Beijing.
Candace will contact her friend or associate in Beijing who can
help locate the hospital supply house in Beijing. A half day will
be needed in Beijing to acquire the sterilizer.
7. There was some discussion as to whether the albendazole should
be added to the drug list because of the lack of access to laboratory
testing. Robbie (and Candace) to decide whether or not to add
albendazole to the list. If it is added, Robbie will specify dose
and quantity. Robbie suggested that if we do take albendazole,
we might take a smaller quantity this time.
8. Robbie is to add wart remover to the drug list, including type,
size, and quantity.
9. Anything not obtained elsewhere will be purchased from Medimart
in Winnipeg in May-June. From a Medimart quote prepared from much
the same list in 2003 shows that drug costs could be very high
if bought from Medimart (e.g. ranatidine would cost $2400), so
Medimart has to be seen as a supplier of last resort.
10. Robbie can take some items from Toronto to Winnipeg in May,
and from Winnipeg to Vancouver.
11. Evan will receive and store drugs and supplies throughout
this acquisition period as needed.
12. Candace and Robbie to update Conrad with any information about
what is coming or has been ordered so that the druglist2004.html
document on the website is always up-to-date. Different people
will be referring to the list at various times and it is good
to keep that list as current as possible.
13. Travel arrangements will be decided in April. Robbie is not
sure about going to Mongolia, so it is not clear who is going
with whom at this time.
14. Candace raised the issue of luggage costs from Beijing to
Xining. If there is a stop-off in Beijing (either to travel to
Mongolia or to visit the hospital supply house) then luggage will
not travel at the international weight limits to Xining, but rather
at the more restrictive internal weight limits. That could add
to the cost of transporting drugs and equipment. Candace described
a process of sending goods by freight from Beijing to Xining which
was successful last year for ROKPA. This approach may be taken,
but this adds to the time needed in Beijing to make the arrangements
to pack and ship the goods.
15. Robbie to send Visa bill for hydrochlorothiazide to Conrad.
16. Vancouver Zadoh Committee to look after acquiring public health
leaflets and the book Where There Is No Doctor (in Tibetan).*
from Evan Zelaschuk, Zadoh Coordinator: "I hope the meeting
went well last night. I have received the ten books from India
Where There Are No Doctors and have given one to Rinpoche
to look at, he likes it and wants to take 3 or 4 copies with them.
Another copy we gave to a lama who was here who is from the Zadoh
area, to take back with him to his monastery. Rinpoche would like
some of these books to go to the monasteries so the monks can
read them. We will go through one with Rinpoche while he is here,
time permitting, and see if there is anything that we can pull
out for a well chart or something like that."
[Minutes prepared by Conrad Richter]