Yonkers group helps launch Sandy medical project

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The Yonkers-based Afya Foundation announced Wednesday that it has partnered with Global Links to launch the Sandy Doctors Recovery Project to offer relief to medical professionals and patients in Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay, areas devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

The goal of the project, according to an Afya Foundation news release Wednesday, is to replace damaged medical equipment, supplies and furniture across 30 clinics in the southern Brooklyn communities. These communities are home to 200,0000 immigrants from the Soviet Union, many of whom are elderly or disabled and rely on Russian-speaking physicians who practice in the area.

Working in cooperation with the Afya Foundation and Global Links are FEMA, Project Chernobyl, Aidmatrix, American Logistics Aid Network, Brooklyn physician Igor Branovan, and the American Forum of Russian Jewry.

The Afya Foundation and Global Links are nonprofit organizations that specialize in recovering medical surplus and matching poor counties or disaster areas with that surplus equipment, supplies and furniture from health care facilities in the United States.

For more information and to donate, go online to afyafoundation.org and globallinks.org.

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