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Medical students to take hundreds of supplies overseas

Emily Knittle Emily Knittle

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Medical school students from University of Louisville are heading overseas to deliver medical supplies.

Wednesday they were packing to head to Tanzania, the 13th poorest country in the world, where they will spend a week in the rural mountains, delivering free medical care to orphans and residents of the village.

UofL Medical School Student  Emily Knittle said, "We're going to show up with 26 bags, full of supplies, in this country. We're definitely not showing up empty handed. We're going to hit the ground running with all the told we need and see patients."

According to Supplies Over Seas, each year hospitals in the United States generate 4 to 6 million tons of medical waste and 85 percent of it could be reused overseas. This trip the students are being 300 pounds of surplus medical equipment.

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