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.