Local business owners Mason and Jeanne Brown last week shipped nearly 1,000 pounds of medicine to Republic of Guinea First Lady Madame Djene Conde, who they say is expected to receive the packages today in order to distribute them to needy citizens.
The shipment includes everything from blood pressure medicine Lisinopril and Tylenol-brand acetaminophen to Bengay-brand muscle ointment and Visine eye relief liquid. The medicines themselves were donated by New York City-based Catholic Medical Mission Board.
The Browns late last summer announced plans already under way to link the State of Georgia with the Republic of Guinea in a sort of agricultural exchange, which involves University of Georgia’s Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories in Athens performing a series of soil testing around Guinea and training native Guineans to develop better, more sustainable farming methods. To that end, Duluth-based AGCO, one of the agricultural equipment industry’s biggest players on the international scene, is also offering major assistance with this project, according to the Browns.
The benefit to Georgia, they say, will be ground-floor opportunities to develop international business relationships with Guinea, which is known to be rich in natural resources and agricultural potential. Because the country has only recently broken free from decades of political corruption, much of that potential has been undeveloped.
This recent shipment of basic medicines, which are not readily available in Guinea, is part of a larger plan for the Browns to connect their home countries. Mason, who was born in Florida, has spent most of his life as a Georgia resident. Jeanne is a Guinea native. The couple married 18 years ago and now call Fayetteville home.
The medicine shipment is particularly timely as an encouragement to Guineans in the wake of the recent Ebola outbreak, which has since been contained.
Mason is principal of Atlanta-based S. Benjamin Enterprises, a private wealth management consulting firm, and Jeanne manages the couple’s discount store, Jeanne’s Variety, which opened late last year in Fayetteville.