MedShare Celebrates 700th Container Shipment

MedShare staff, volunteers and supporters celebrate the 700th container shipment

On Friday, September 2nd, MedShare celebrated a milestone achievement: we shipped our 700th container of humanitarian aid. This shipment paid tribute to A.B. Short and Bob Freeman’s founding vision, and celebrated the success of our past 13 years, during which we’ve shipped over $93 million worth of medical supplies and equipment to 88 developing countries and territories around the world. In the process, over 2 million cubic feet of space has been saved from landfills, as well as millions of lives around the world.

The container was sent from our Western Region Distribution and Volunteer Center in Northern California, and will benefit beleaguered hospitals in Misrata, Libya.

Turn-out at the ceremony was fitting for an event of this magnitude: Mr. Homdi Soliman, Operation Director of HOPE International Relief & Development Agency and sponsor, Dr. Heshaam Fallah, a Libyan-American physician with Kaiser Permanente and project coordinator, the Chief Medical Officer from Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente representatives, a Council Member from the City of San Leandro, MedShare Trustees and Regional Council members, and many of our volunteers were in attendance. Mr. Soliman and Dr. Fallah spoke about the grave healthcare situation in Libya, and Mary Bersot, Trustee and Western Region Council Chair, shared her appreciation to our staff and volunteers.

“It has been an exceptional experience working with MedShare and all their staff throughout the Libyan conflict. With their extraordinary service and vision, we were able to help save the lives of thousands of men, women, and children,” said Homdi Soliman, Operation Director of HOPE.

The container was sponsored by HOPE International Relief & Development Agency (USA)based out of Columbus, Ohio. I-GO Aid Foundation, based in Malta, Libya, will coordinate delivery of the supplies and equipment to hospitals in Libya. The 1,000 boxes of medical supplies we sent were supplemented with biomedical equipment and durable medical goods, including hospital beds, gurneys, exam lights, exam tables, a ventilator for pediatric and adult patients, surgical packs, syringes, gloves and oxygen masks. Hospitals throughout Libya are dealing with a humanitarian catastrophe, as they are running short on critically needed medical supplies. This marked the fourth shipment we’ve sent to hospitals in Libyacollaborating with these partners.

We must give credit where credit is due: MedShare wouldn’t be celebrating this milestone achievement were it not for our wonderful community. For those that support MedShare through your gift of time, in-kind or financial donations or community advocacy, we thank you for all that you do, and ask that you continue helping us bridge the gap between surplus and need. With your partnership, there is no limit to what we can achieve, and we look forward to celebrating our 1,000th, 2,500th, and 5,000th container shipments with you!

To view more photos of this shipment ceremony, click here.

This is an excerpt from September’s e-newsletter. To read more – including a letter from CEO Meridith Rentz and the story of a medical mission team in South Georgia – click here.

MedShare Ships Medical Supplies & Equipment to Libya

Libya

On Monday, July 18, a 40-foot container carrying medical supplies and equipment for emergency relief in Libya was shipped out of MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center in Decatur, Georgia.  This is the second such project generously sponsored by the HOPE International Relief and Development Agency, a non-profit that has set up a special Libyan Relief Fund with the objective of providing emergency aid to Libyan peoples facing violence and medical and food supply shortages.

Boxes containing the 13,000+ donated supplies

The container shipped is carrying over 10,000 lbs of medical supplies and equipment which were hand-selected by Dr. Heshaam Fallah of the California-based organization American Libyan Medical Relief, which facilitated the project.  Included among the 13,000-plus donated items are: ambu bags, bandage rolls, blood vacutainers, urinary catheters, surgical drapes, exam gloves, an OR ceiling light, an electrosurgical unit, a ventilator, and an oxygen concentrator.

Container shipment bound for Libya

The Tunisian Red Crescent is receiving the donated cargo in Tunisia and will handle delivery to the Zintan and Nalut General Hospitals in Western Libya. These hospitals are treating hundreds of victims of the violence and armed combat occurring in Libya now.

Please view these links for information about the humanitarian crisis in Libya:

Thanks to all who contributed to this project!