Thanks to Kimberly-Clark, MedShare Ships Container of Medical Supplies for American Nicaraguan Foundation in Managua, Nicaragua

Nicaragua

On Wednesday, May 11, a 40-foot container carrying donated medical supplies and equipment for the American Nicaraguan Foundation in Managua, Nicaragua was shipped out of MedShare’s West Coast Distribution Center.  This is the fifth container that MedShare has shipped to this recipient since 2003.

The American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) is a 501 c (3) not-for profit organization rated as a four star charity by Charity Navigator.  Their mission is to help the neediest sectors in Nicaragua by strengthening medical assistance, increasing educational attainment, building safe shelters, providing clean water solutions, promoting economic opportunity, and delivery humanitarian aid to impoverished communities all over Nicaragua.  For more information and to view an inspirational video about their important humanitarian work, visit the ANF website here.

In Nicaragua, 1 in 2 people live in extreme poverty, 3 in 10 kids are malnourished, and there is 1 doctor for every 2,700 citizens. To say that medical supplies and equipment are lacking there would be an understatement – these items are desperately needed.

The MedShare tractor trailer size container that shipped out today is carrying over 11,000 lbs of medical humanitarian aid items, including:

  • baby care kits
  • bandages
  • surgical drapes
  • arm slings and cast materials
  • surgical masks
  • syringes
  • laryngoscopes
  • pulse oximeters
  • an infant warmer
  • and much more!

A huge thanks to the Kimberly-Clark Kimnica S.A. office in Managua and the Kimberly-Clark Foundation for making this project possible with their generous sponsorship!

In the News: MedShare, Kimberly-Clark and the ANF

Nicaragua

Thanks to the generous support of Kimberly-Clark, MedShare shipped a forty-foot container of medical supplies and equipment to the American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) in Managua, Nicaragua this September. The shipment was recently featured on a Nicaraguan news program, La Prensa.

The ANF is a 501 c (3) not-for profit organization rated as a four star charity by Charity Navigator whose mission is to help the neediest sectors in Nicaragua by strengthening medical assistance, increasing educational attainment, building safe shelters, providing clean water solutions, promoting economic opportunity, and delivering humanitarian aid to impoverished communities all over Nicaragua.

In total, MedShare has shipped four containers to ANF, one in 2003, one in 2004, one in June 2010 and one in September 2010; the latter two were sponsored by Kimberly-Clark.

In Nicaragua, 1 in 2 people live in extreme poverty, 3 in 10 kids are malnourished, and there is 1 doctor for every 2,700 citizens. Medical supplies and equipment are desperately needed there.  Click here to view a powerful video created by a dedicated ANF volunteer that depicts the lives of Nicaraguans the difference ANF’s work makes.

MedShare donated supplies in Nicaragua

MedShare supplies on La Prensa

Watch the video below to view the ANF and MedShare story that aired on La Prensa:

Translation:
Kimberly-Clark, through MedShare, a nonprofit located in the United States whose mission is to improve the environment and healthcare through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to underserved healthcare facilities in developing countries, donated more than 1,500,000 Nicaraguan córdoba in medical supplies and equipment. This donation was made possible through a strategic partnership with Kimberly-Clark and the American Nicaraguan Foundation. The donations are really important because they’re improving the country’s health sector, which is a very important part of the country’s well-being. We’ll now make a presentation of the supplies and equipment donated by MedShare.

Among the items included in September’s shipment were:

  • Baby Care Kits
  • Electric Beds
  • Diapers
  • Gloves
  • PET Vehicles
  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Exam Lamps
  • Wheelchairs

We’d like to give a special thanks to Kimberly-Clark, without whom this shipment would not have been possible. Kimberly-Clark sponsored the MedShare fees, shipping costs, facilitated customs clearance, and even had a ceremony (depicted in the video) during which they presented the MedShare-donated supplies to ANF.

Medical Aid for Nicaragua

We often forget how blessed we are as a nation to have a strong healthcare system, and in spite of going through the hard times of a recession, a strong overall economy compared to the majority of our global friends.  Nicaraugua, for example, 1 in 2 people live in extreme poverty, 3 in 10 kids are malnourished, and there is 1 doctor for every 2,700 citizens.  Step into their lives and imagine that for a moment.

Children of Nicaragua

Friday, June 25, 2010, MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center loaded and shipped a 40 foot container with medical supplies and equipment for the AMERICAN NICARAGUAN FOUNDATION in Managua, Nicaragua. The American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) is a 501 c (3) not-for profit organization rated as a four star charity by Charity Navigator. The ANF mission is to help the neediest sectors in Nicaragua by strengthening medical assistance, increasing educational attainment, building safe shelters, providing clean water solutions, promoting economic opportunity, and delivery humanitarian aid to impoverished communities all over Nicaragua.

Medical supplies and equipment are desperately needed there. The MedShare container that shipped out today is carrying over 14,000 lbs of medical humanitarian aid items, including blood pressure machines, a sterilizer, a defibrillator, 2 pulse oximeters, 2 electric hospital beds, boxes of baby lotion, hydrogen peroxide, sutures, surgical drapes, arm slings, surgical gloves, medical text books, gauze sponges, and much more. When the ANF receives these items, they will distribute them to 5 different under-resourced medical centers in the capital city of Managua, including: Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Dispensario San Martin , Dispensario Monte Tabor, and Dispensario San Judas Tadeo.

Very special thanks goes out to the Kimberly Clark- Kimnica S.A. office in Managua and the Kimberly Clark Foundation, the corporate sponsors of this humanitarian project!