Kenya Trip Notes from the Field: Thomas Asher

By Thomas Asher, MedShare Trustee

February 22 // We left our Nairobi hotel at 8 AM and quickly found ourselves mired in the morning rush hour. Soon the cluster of modern buildings and lush parkways were behind us as we headed north to Kijabe on the eastern slopes of the Great Rift Valley. We reached the rim within an hour, and what a view it was: green pastures stretching across the horizon ending at the foot of Mount Longonot. A short drive down the slope brought us to the gates of Cure International Children’s Hospital, a pediatric orthopedic surgical facility.  Medical Director Dr. Joseph Theuri  welcomed us indicating that they opened in 1998, have 30 beds, including four private rooms as well as four operating rooms where they repair club feet, cleft palates, fractures, angular limbs, and a range of deformities. The average stay is just under five days. The staff of 88 serves children as old as 18.

Cure International Children's Hospital

Our guided tour took us to the well-organized storage room where surgical supplies from MedShare neatly lined the shelves; from there, off to the machine shop where six technicians were busily fashioning braces from clay forms of little legs and feet. There was a playroom with toys and books, an elaborate outdoor playground, and every corridor was decorated with colorful illustrations to ease their young patient’s concerns,  But our tour turned sober as we approached the surgical area. Several youngsters being prepped for repairs anxiously lay on gurneys.  They were very frightened; a parent and nurse tried to comfort them. Their cries were frantic and grew louder as they were guided down the hall near our group. It was difficult for them, and it was difficult for us. We tried to focus on Dr. Theuri’s talk, but it was very hard. Back in the bright sunlight,  we composed ourselves and gathered for a group photo with Dr. Theuri and his key staff.  This is a wonderful hospital, healing children, and a facility MedShare is proud to serve.

This post is part of a series we’re doing over the coming days while MedShare staff, Board of Trustee and Council members travel through Kenya from February 17 – 27. We invite you to share the experience with them by reading their stories; to access them, click on the “Africa Trip“  icon in the right sidebar. Safe travels, team!

World Malaria Day Art Auction: Artist Interviews

Last week, we told you about MedShare’s Faiths Act Fellows  upcoming World Malaria Day Art Auction. We shared photos of local artists who gathered at MedShare’s Headquarters to create a work of art entirely from unused medical supplies.

Now, we want to share a video of the undertaking, and also interviews with all the artists (Brian Walker, Brian Hebert, Baba Ra Fudge, Masud Olufani, and Kottavei Williams) who participated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The auction will take place on April 25, 2012. Local Atlanta artists to take part in this momentous endeavor include: Brian WalkerAlfred ContehCurtis McHardyMasud Olufani, Chris Hutchinson, Paul Benjamin, Hailey Lowe, Stephen Hayes, Whitney White, Audrey Pollock, Dana Gray, Brian Hebert,Baba Ra Fudge, and Kottavei Williams. Other artists submitting orignal and printed pieces to the auction include: Jim FiscusJoey Fischer, Brenda Ball, Clint Fluker, and Kevin Cole. More details can be found here.

Repost: MedShare Made 2nd Shipment of Medical Aid

On January 17, 2012, MedShare’s Western Region shipped a container of medical supplies and equipment to Tonga. The Tonga Government posted a press release announcing this shipment, and we wanted to share it with you. (To view the original, click here.)

MedShare Made 2nd Shipment of Medical Aid

On the 17th of January 2012, award-winning charity MedShare shipped a 40-foot ocean container of medical supplies and equipment designated for the two island groups of Niuatoputapu and ‘Eua, in Tonga.

Lord Tuita, Consul General of the Kingdom of Tonga in San Francisco, attended the shipment ceremony.

Lord Tuita, Tonga Consul General, San Francisco; Taylor Butterfield; Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, MedShare's Western Region

This container of critically-needed medical supplies and equipment was coordinated (including the seafreight) by Taylor Butterfield from Sacramento, California, who has undertaken this project as a part of his Boy Scout Eagle Award.

This is the 2nd container of medical supplies and equipment that has been sent by MedShare to the Kingdom.

Tonga Consul General Lord Tuita with Executive Director, MedShare W. Region) during the ceremony marking MedShare's second shipment of medical aid to Tonga

MedShare is an innovative non-profit organization and operates California’s first large-scale surplus medical supply recycler which mobilizes tons of excess medical supplies through cooperation with various manufacturers and its 29 local partner hospitals.

Founded in 1998, MedShare is consistently ranked as one of the United States most efficient charities, and has successfully delivered over 750 containers of aid to 90 developing nations.

Mid-December Container Shipment Announcements

Mid-December Container Shipment Announcements

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

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.

MedShare Southeast’s Rookie of the Year Volunteer Award: Rona Gilchrist

On Friday, September 2, 2011, Meridith Rentz, MedShare’s CEO, awarded Rona Gilchrist with our Rookie of the Year Volunteer Award.

MedShare CEO Meridith Rentz award Rona Gilchrist our Rookie of the Year Volunteer Award

Rona may be a familiar face to those of you who volunteer in our Decatur sort room. She’s contributed an impressive 320+ hours since this January, and has been a tremendous help in the MedTeam store, volunteer programs, and other countless other ways at MedShare. There aren’t enough words to express how grateful we are to our volunteers; without their incredible dedication to our mission, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our mission of bridging the gap between surplus and need. To all of you – thank you!

Congratulations, Rona, and thanks for your wonderful support! Please join us in congratulating her in the comments section below…

If you’re interested in signing up for a volunteer session in either our Decatur or Bay Area facility, please click here.

MedShare and Backyard Bash on 11Alive

Earlier this week, we told you about Backyard Bash, an event on September 22nd at Buckhead Church that will benefit eight charities in Atlanta.

11Alive featured Backyard Bash and MedShare during a special part of their morning news, Mugs in the Morning, and we wanted to share the video with you. Click here to view.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.backyardbash2011.org. Tickets are $50 per person.

September 22, 2011
7:30 pm
Buckhead Church
Atlanta, GA

*When purchasing, please note that you heard about the event through MedShare.