MedShare: Mid-November Container Shipment Announcements

Mid-November Container Shipment Announcements

To view October’s Container Shipment Announcements, click here.

 

Container Shipment Arrival at Sunyani Government Hospital in Ghana

In July 2011, MedShare’s Western Region shipped a tractor-trailer size container of medical supplies and equipment to the Sunyani Government Hospital in Ghana.

The hospital staff snapped photos of the container being unloaded, and we wanted to share them with you… see below:

Truck arriving at the Hospital

Truck has been opened

Accompanied documents been handed over to the Head of Clinical Egineering Unit

Medical Directoment and Head of Finance (Holding Document) studying the parking list

Starting the off loading

Off-loading process

Head of Nursing Administration inspecting the supplies

Still off loading the supplies

Still off loading and parking the medical supplies

Head of Administration (Mr. Asare-Bediako Abraham) inspecting the off loading process

end stage of the off loading process

Section of the off loaded supplies

To see all our 2011 shipments, click here.

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 patch.com 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.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MedShare Ships Five Containers in Final Days of August

Here at MedShare, we’ve been busy bees preparing and sending off shipments! In fact, in the last few days of August, we sent 5 containers out. This is amazing in terms of staff efficiency, especially when compared to the fact that in 1999, we shipped only one container the whole year! Even more incredible, of course, is the impact it will have in recipient countries.

Read along to find out where these containers were shipped…

1. Ghana

Volunteers listen as Mme. Nell Diallo speaks about the region of Kumasi, Ghana

  • Ship date: August 24 2011
  • MedShare Distribution Center: Southeast
  • Recipient Country: Ghana
  • Recipient: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi
  • Total Pieces: 1,071
  • Total Weight: 12,696 lbs
  • Items of interest: electric beds, bandaids, surgical drapes, tissue forceps, ventilator, OR celiing light, spinal needles

2. Ecuador

  • Ship date: August 25, 2011
  • MedShare Distribution Center: Southeast
  • Recipient Country: Ecuador
  • Recipient: Municipio de Limon-Indanza
  • Total Pieces: 1,038
  • Total Weight: 12,698 lbs
  • Items of interest: surgical towels, insuline syringes, P.E.T. carts, pulse oximeters, iodine, patient beds

3. Libya

Container preparing to leave our warehouse

  • Ship date: August 26, 2011
  • MedShare Distribution Center: Southeast
  • Recipient Country: Libya
  • Recipient: Libyan Red Crescent
  • Sponsor: Hope Relief International
  • Total Pieces: 1,245
  • Total Weight: 10,637 lbs
  • Items of interest: ambu bags, suction catheters, orthopedic surgical instruments, plates, and screws, sphygmomanometers, thoracic draines, bandages, exam table

4. Ethiopia

  • Ship date: August 31, 2011
  • MedShare Distribution Center: West
  • Recipient Country: Ethiopia
  • Recipient: Nejo Hospital
  • Total Pieces: 962
  • Total Weight: 10,110 lbs
  • Items of interest: ostomy kit, ortho screws and plates, surgical masks, IV extension sets, stretcher, suction pumps, Microscope
  • More information: http://www.medshare.org/media/news/146

5. Guatemala

  • Ship date: August 31, 2011
  • MedShare Distribution Center: Southeast
  • Recipient Country: Guatemala
  • Recipient: Hospital Materno Infantil Juan Pablo II
  • Sponsor: Kimberly-Clark
  • Total Pieces: 1,387
  • Total Weight: 15,342 lbs
  • Items of interest: nasal cannulas, urinary catheters, ventilator, feeding tubes, gloves, nebulizers, OR light

To view all MedShare shipments, click here.

Container Shipment to Sunyani Government Hospital in Brong Ahafo, Ghana

Ghana

On July 27, 2011, MedShare’s Western Regional Distribution Center shipped out a 40 ft container of medical humanitarian aid for Sunyani Government Hospital in Brong Ahafo, Ghana.  This is one of the main referral hospitals in the region of Sunyani, and has a capacity of 300 in-patient beds.

The container carried over 800 pieces of medical supplies and equipment that were individually selected by the hospital’s doctors, including:

  • bandages
  • gloves
  • gauze
  • cotton swabs
  • walkers
  • splints
  • exam tables
  • an infant scale
  • an electrosurgical  unit
  • neulizers
  • x-ray view box
  • and much more!

Volunteering to Save Lives

Have you volunteered at MedShare recently? Your boxes could be going to save lives on one of our upcoming shipments!

A container being loaded with volunteer sorted and packed medical supplies

July:

August:

To sign up for a volunteer session in either our San Leandro or Decatur warehouse, click here.

July 12 Peace Corps Information Session at MedShare

Are you familiar with the Peace Corps, and interested in learning more about volunteering for their organization? On July 12, we’ll be hosting an information session on learning what it takes to become a Peace Corps Volunteer at our Southeast Region Distribution Center.


Learn What it Takes to Become a Peace Corps Volunteer

Peace Corps has assignments around the globe for graduates interested in international service. Attend our next GlobeTalk info session and learn how Peace Corps offers an exceptional opportunity to put your education, experience and abilities to work in an overseas community. Peace Corps Recruiter Becky Ament will talk about her experience as a Health Volunteer in Malawi. MedShare representative, Stephanie Greene, will also share her experiences as a former Peace Corps Volunteer and provide information about MedShare.

Agenda

• Peace Corps Recruiter Becky Ament shares her overseas story

• DVD featuring Volunteers currently serving in the Peace Corps

• How to apply and how to be more competitive

• Updated details about our all-expenses-paid benefits package PLUS graduate school fellowships

• Open discussion and questions from the audience

Bring your friends/family and your questions! For more information, contact Becky Ament at rament@peacecorps.gov.

GlobeTalk Information Session

Tuesday, July 12th

6:00 – 7:30pm

MedShare

3240 Clifton Springs Rd

Decatur, GA 30034

Our organization has ties to the Peace Corps (we provided one of their teams in Ghana medical supplies and our Financial Director, Stephanie Green, is a Return Peace Corps Volunteer), and we’re excited to host this event!