In March 2022, TEAM5 Medical Foundation traveled on its first post-COVID humanitarian aid mission to the Palpa regions of Nepal, providing much-needed medical relief for indigenous peoples in the rural areas of the country. Tasmanian Tiger, a TEAM5 Silver Sponsor, provided support with product and financial donations.
Tasmanian Tiger, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the U.S. market by Proforce Equipment, Inc., has welcomed the return of the TEAM5 Medical Foundation from its mission. TEAM5 is a non-profit SOFMED veteran foundation providing medical relief to some of the world’s most overlooked populations in hard-to-reach places.
TEAM5 Launches Nepal Expedition
Originally scheduled before COVID-19 restrictions, the Nepal expedition finally launched in March of this year. The TEAM5 team, consisting of a highly trained medical team of professionals from several countries, are all volunteers. Many TEAM5 volunteers traveled over 25 hours in flight to arrive in Katmandu, only to then ride in a 4×4 for an additional 12 hours to reach the campsite. After reconciling some political challenges, the team still faced Nepal’s famously tough terrain. Moving the team from low-ground camps to high-altitude camps, coupled with 95-degree days with 100% humidity did not deter TEAM5 members from reaching as many patients as possible.
Eric Linder, TEAM5 founder and team leader, said, “TEAM5 is comprised of all volunteers. Members take their holiday vacations away from their families to help those less fortunate. This was, no doubt, a very challenging mission, both mentally and physically, but our team, created from several countries, including the USA, United Kingdom, Croatia and Nepal, all worked seamlessly to provide advanced Western care to those who would never have had the opportunity before.”
Tasmanian Tiger’s Silver Sponsorship
Tasmanian Tiger’s Silver Sponsorship supported TEAM5 through financial and product donations. The team relied on an assortment of TT Medical packs, the TT Mission Pack MK II, the larger TT Modular Gunner Packs, the TT Mission Pack MKII’s and TT Transportation Bags. Included in the Tasmanian Tiger product donation were many of the smaller yet just as essential gear items, such as the TT Passport RFID B pouch.
Andreas Schechinger, CEO of Tatonka GmbH, added, “Our company fully supports the TEAM5’s selfless efforts to help people who would not otherwise have an opportunity to receive this kind of Western medical relief. Tasmanian Tiger has long held the belief that it is good business for a company to respect its employees and provide for them a socially responsible and sustainable environment in which to create, produce and thrive, because like TEAM5, Tasmanian Tiger believes it is good business to make the world a better place.”
TEAM5 founder Eric Linder also announced that TEAM5 will be headed to the mountains and jungles of Peru in September. “With the full support of the Peruvian military, including logistics, air and ground support, we have been invited to live on a forward base, while we treat those indigenous who are located in the VRAEM.”