March 2022
Actual Arrival

The war in Ethiopia had blocked the main highway which forced a delay in the medical supply container 

January 2022

JMU ASCM club went to Sentara Hospital to get medical supplies for container 6. They took the supplier to the warehouse at Interchange where they will take inventory, organize, and repackage in the future.

December 2021
Proposed Arrival

The 4th and 5th container's of medical supplies arrived at the Port of Djibouti for disbursement. One of the containers will have a new destination to an university affiliated hospital in Nifas, Ethiopia

November 2021

The 4th and 5th container's of medical supplies departed for the Port of Djibouti.

October 2021 October 15th

Loaded 4th and 5th container's of medical supplies for shipment.

October 14th
Discussion Panel

ASCM held a discussion panel with executives, donors, and partners to plan for future events and shipments.

October 13th
Loading Warehouse

Loaded 32 stryker hospital bed to the warehouse.

September 2021
Agreement of Assitance

EFL Global USA and JS Expedite agreed to work together to send an additional container to Africa.

June 2021 June 9th
Luncheon w/ Bahir Dar University

Talia Pavese, David Pizzano, Dean Busing, and Mark Smith discussed agreements with Bahir Dar University (BDU) to aid in logistics of sending 2 additional containers from JMU to BDU and one to Addis Ababa.

May 2021

The third container arrived at the Port of Djibouti for disbursement.

Association of Supply Chain Managment's Executive Annual Meeting and Cookout
May 4th
JMU Donation

James Madison University expanded on donation of storage space at Burruss Hall based on the current successful momentum of the Africa Medical Relief Project.

April 2021 April 5th
Loading Warehouse

ASCM members, Jeff and Sidd, picked up donated supplies and delivered them to James Madison University's Burruss Hall intermediate storage location.

March 2021

The third container of medical supplies departed for Port of Djibouti.

March 3rd

The third container of medical supplies was loaded.

December 2020 December 10th

Ethiopian ambassador to the United States, Fitsum Arega, visited Harrisonburg, VA to see the quality of supplies that are being shipped. As a result, two additional containers were requested for Ethiopia.

October 2020

The first and second containers arrived days apart from each other at the Port of Djibouti for disbursement to Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

August 2020 August 30th

The second container was shipped to the Port of Djibouti.

August 25th
Loading Day

The second 40' container, destined for the Republic of Congo, was loaded.

August 18th

The first container of many more to come, left the port of Baltimore while on its way to the Port of Djibouti and ultimately inland to Ethiopia.

August 12th
Loading Day

Dr. Smith and his son, Toby Smith, Dr Ritchie, Bhumick Shah, and club Vice-President, Jess Lewis, met at the Interchange warehouse to load the first 40' container destined for Ethiopia. Dr. Tilahun Goshu, affiliated with the Ethiopian hospitals, was present to help identify critical equipment to load into the container.

Upgrading and Transporting

Supply Chain Management Club filed and secured 2500 sq ft of warehousing that was donated by Keith VanBenschoten, of Interchange Group Inc.. Furthermore, William Ritchie and students rented a truck to move medical supplies that were donated from  Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg, and Carilion Clinic in Roanoake, Virginia.

Securing Initial Storage Warehousing

Professor William Ritchie met with Mike Hendrickson of Matchbox Realty to secure initial donated storage space.

Launch Of Africa Medical Relief Project

JMU Supply Chain Club (officially the Association of Supply Chain Management, Shenandoah Chapter, formerly APICS) leadership team met with Dr. Mark Smith and developed the goal to source, store and ship medical equipment and supplies to African hospitals dealing with the Ebola crisis. At the time, the team hoped to find enough supplies to fill one 40-foot shipping container.


 Student leadership team: Left to right: Ryan McCourt, Bhumik Shah, Dr. Mark Smith, Yara Chamma, Xavier Zakaria, Sara Chamma, Jonathan Covey, Jess Lewis, and Dr. Bill Ritchie.