Chattahoochee Technical College Students Outfit Bus with Medical Equipment for Africa

It is only through partnerships that we are able to achieve our mission of bridging the gap between surplus and need. Hospitals, schools, clinics, governments and community groups are just some of the groups that make our work possible. It is the partnership of a school, Chattahoochee Technical College, that we’d like to recognize today.

Chattahooche Technical College instructor Mike O’Rear and six of his Biomedical Technology Engineering students spent time refurbishing a University of Georgia-donated bus with biomedical equipment that MedShare provided. The bus will be shipped to Ghana, and used to check for hypertension and diabetes in patients while information is transferred back to the United States for analysis.

For more information on this project, we’d like to share this great article with you:

CTC Students Outfit Bus with Medical Equipment for Africa

Mike O’Rear and his students from Chattahoochee Technical College installed medical instrumentation on a bus that will be shipped to Ghana.

Chattahoochee Technical College Instructor Mike O’Rear and five of his Biomedical Technology Engineering students saw months of hard work culminate in a ceremony this week. The instructor and students handed off the keys to a bus that has been refurbished as a mobile medical unit with equipment they installed.

Dr. Mike O’Rear and students hand off the keys to Dr. Issifu Harruna of the Kibasibi Foundation and his mother, Amina, whom the bus is named after. Credit Angela Chao

“I was approached by the people at MedShare about doing this project,” explained O’Rear. “They supplied the equipment, and then these students worked to install it and make sure it was working properly.”

O’Rear, along with about six students from Chattahoochee Technical College installed the medical instrumentation on a bus that will be shipped to Ghana. Once there, healthcare workers will utilize the equipment and facility to check for hypertension and diabetes in patients while information is transferred back to the United States for analysis.

Dr. Issifu Harruna of the Kibasibi Foundation was on hand to see the now completed bus, which was once used to transport students at the University of Georgia. According to Harruna, the bus will be used primarily in rural Ghana. The bus is named after Harruana’s mother, Amina, who accepted the keys to the bus.

The bus is outfitted with cabinets for storage and medical equipment. Credit Chattahoochee Technical College

This is not the first international project for O’Rear, who traveled to Africa in 2008 with MedShare—an organization that collects donated medical equipment for use in third world countries. However, this is a first chance for many of the students to do such a project.

“This project will help the people of Ghana,” said student project leader Charles Cowan. “It will help the world.”








First-Hand Tale: Delivery of a MedShare Container in Nigeria

In April 2010, MedShare shipped a container of medical supplies and equipment to Nigeria. The project was sponsored by “Yinit D. Med-Ventures Inc.,” an organization founded by  Dr. Adeniyi Henry Olowu, which also handled the distribution in Nigeria.

MedShare container unloading in Nigeria

Dr. Olowu’s daughter, a college student, went to Nigeria with him to help with the distribution and wrote an account of her experience that we wanted to share with you:

I had the opportunity to travel to Nigeria this summer, after thirteen long years. It was a wonderful experience, especially seeing relatives that I haven’t seen in over a decade. One of my most memorable moments in Nigeria was when I spent time with my dad distributing medical supplies to local clinics. This is a memory that will stay with me forever, and from it I have taken away many life lessons which I hope to share with others.

Nigeria, along with many other African countries, is in dire need of medical assistance, not so much medical professionals but medical supplies. From my experience in Nigeria, I can strongly state that the majority of the clinics I saw lacked proper supplies and equipment to care for their patients. And at the few that did, their supplies were outdated. This was a major problem that I noticed – lack of technology, and sometimes this can be the determining factor in saving lives. For example, many of these clinics did not have access to a defibrillator and relied mainly on chest pumps with their bare hands to resuscitate patients.  But as we all know, this method is less effective in comparison to the use of a defibrillator. And if more of these machines alone can be introduced to hospitals and clinics, more lives can surely be saved.

I had the privilege of going to a small town outside the capital of Nigeria with my dad, where we were able to distribute medical supplies to the local clinic. The status of the clinic was dreadful and the thought of it being the place that people relied on treatment was even worse. Just like the physical appearance, the attributes were lacking as well. A few bandages and syringes here and there could not treat anything but a simple cut or wound. If someone with a critical medical condition was taken there, they will be helpless because without proper medical supplies there is only little that can be done. With this being said, I can’t even put to words how this community as a whole was very delighted with the resources, supplies and equipment we provided them.

All in all, much gratitude and appreciation was shown to us by all the clinics and hospitals we donated supplies. And with this same gratitude and appreciation that was given to us, I am also extending it to you. I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for providing my father with the opportunity to touch lives and give back to those in need. Without your role all this would not have been possible. I also want to thank you personally for giving me this wonderful experience, it was truly something unforgettable.

Tuesday Thanks: A Letter from Mully Children’s Family’s Founder & CEO

Mully Children's Family

On August 12, we shipped a container of almost 20,000 lbs of medical supplies and equipment to Mully Children’s Family in Kenya. The non-profit Christian organization cares for hundreds of homeless Kenyan children and also hosts monthly medical mission teams of doctors and nurses who need better supplies and equipment for their important humanitarian work.

We received the following words from Dr. Mulli, Founder and CEO of Mully Children’s Family, yesterday, and we wanted to share them with our supporters.

Dear Friends,

How honored and humbled I am to witness what the Lord is dong through each one of you. As I read your email, I was overcome with excitement at the thought of having our clinic improve its ability to care for the over 2,100 children in MCF as well as hundreds of staff and thousands of needy community members. Thank you for being part of this change that will help us save lives.

On behalf of the entire MCF fraternity, please accept our sincere thanks for what each of you has contributed to make this happen. It is my hope that one day we will welcome you to MCF so that you may witness first hand how your efforts are impacting lives.

Wishing you blessings.

Yours sincerely,

Thanks again to two of our incredible sponsors, US-based healthcare supply chain corporation MedAssets and UPS, for covering the cost of this container and its shipping.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Visiting MedShare to Address East Africa’s Famine

Rev. Jesse Jackson Visiting MedShare to Address East Africa’s Famine

Rev. Jesse Jackson visiting Atlanta-based nonprofit to initiate humanitarian aid shipments to those suffering in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya

This afternoon, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, will visit MedShare to address East Africa’s famine.

The U.N. fears that thousands have died due to hunger, and Rev. Jackson hopes to partner with MedShare to mobilize his influence to send humanitarian aid to treat those suffering from malnutrition in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya.

“According to the UN World Food Program, over 11 million people are in need of emergency assistance in the Horn of Africa,” says Rev. Jackson. “In Kenya, an estimated 3.6 million people have been affected; this includes refugees, rural pastoralists, and urban poor who are unable to buy adequate food because of escalating prices. In Ethiopia, at least 4.5 million people are in need of assistance. I strongly believe that we can show how compassionate we are as a country by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and sheltering the homeless.”

“MedShare is honored to host the Revs. Jackson and Lowery, and explore opportunities for medical supplies and equipment that we can provide to address the healthcare issues that thousands of East Africans are facing as a result of the famine,” says A.B. Short, CEO and Co-founder of MedShare.