MedShare was pleased to host the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr., at its Headquarters and Southeast Distribution Center in Decatur. MedShare and The Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Rev. Jackson’s organization, discussed opportunities to provide medical supplies and equipment to support the healthcare issues that thousands of East Africans are facing as a result of the famine. From the earthquake in Haiti to the tsunami in the South Pacific and tornadoes in Alabama, MedShare has a history of successfully sending medical relief in response to urgent humanitarian needs. To help, sign up to volunteer or donate at www.medshare.org.
Rev. Jesse Jackson Visiting MedShare to Address East Africa’s Famine
Rev. Jesse Jackson visiting Atlanta-based nonprofit to initiate humanitarian aid shipments to those suffering in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya
The U.N. fears that thousands have died due to hunger, and Rev. Jackson hopes to partner with MedShare to mobilize his influence to send humanitarian aid to treat those suffering from malnutrition in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya.
“According to the UN World Food Program, over 11 million people are in need of emergency assistance in the Horn of Africa,” says Rev. Jackson. “In Kenya, an estimated 3.6 million people have been affected; this includes refugees, rural pastoralists, and urban poor who are unable to buy adequate food because of escalating prices. In Ethiopia, at least 4.5 million people are in need of assistance. I strongly believe that we can show how compassionate we are as a country by feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and sheltering the homeless.”
“MedShare is honored to host the Revs. Jackson and Lowery, and explore opportunities for medical supplies and equipment that we can provide to address the healthcare issues that thousands of East Africans are facing as a result of the famine,” says A.B. Short, CEO and Co-founder of MedShare.
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.
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.
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.
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Thanks to all who contributed to this project!
Remember the Western Region Council sponsored container of medical supplies and equipment that we sent to Tonga in April in collaboration with the LDS Church? We are happy to share the good news that it arrived safely, was unloaded in a secure compound, and distributed between Niu’ui Hospital in Ha’apai and Prince Ngu Hospital in Vava’u. Both hospitals are remote in the outer islands, and these supplies will certainly go a long way in enabling each to provide better healthcare services.
We received a thank you letter from Halahuni Langi, the Country Welfare Manager for the LDS Church in Tonga, and wanted to share it with you.
Dear Mr. Haupt,
Greeting from Tonga!
My name is Halahuni Langi and I am the Country Welfare Manager for the LDS Church in Tonga.
This is to acknowledge receipt of the generous donations of medical equipments and supplies donated by MedShare for the two hospitals in the outer Islands namely: Prince Wellington Ngu Hospital in Vava’u and Niu’ui Hospital in Ha’apai.
The FCL container 40-footer No. MFJU 0859239 landed on Queen Salote Wharf, Tonga on 9th May 2011. While on hold on the wharf with Customs seal intact, Ministry of Health was able to clear the said container through Customs on duty free basis without any problem. The said container was delivered from the Wharf on Friday June 3rd, 2011 to LDS premises at a distance of about one-tenth of a mile secured with a 24-hour security provided by LDS staff.
Hand-over Ceremony of the medical goods and supplies by the church representative to the Ministry of Health took place on Tuesday June 7th, 2011. Government Dignitaries including the Minister of Health, Director of Health together with several members of their staff as well as LDS church leaders attended this ceremony. A ceremony of this type always call for prayers.
Dr. Sililo Tomiki, the Chief Dental Officer offered the Invocation – and at this opening prayer – he was praying for special blessings for the staff of MedShare and its directors for their generous assistance in donating the medical goods for the people of Vava’u and Ha’apai, respectively.
During the course of this ceremony, the Honorable Minister of Health, Mr ‘Uliti Uta and the Director of Health, Dr Siale ‘Akau’ola jointly acknowledged their gratitude for the great donation of medical goods and supplies by MedShare. The Hon Minister emphasized of the fact that all the supplies donated by MedShare will be delivered to the two hospitals – none to remain at the Vaiola hospital in Tongatapu. Surely, this direction was carried out by the Ministry of Health together with the LDS Humanitarian Services in Tonga. The Minister further warned his staff of the importance of proper handling and proper application of the medical supplies in order to improve the lives of the people of Vava’u and Ha’apai as to meet the expectations of MedShare.
At this ceremony, President Fe’ao Fehoko of the LDS church offered the benediction in which , he was pleading with the Lord for his blessings upon the staff and directors of MedShare and all the people who made it possible for the delivery of the medical goods for Ha’apai and Vava’u.
Following this ceremony, a week later on 17th June 2011, final handover ceremonies took place at the two hospitals. Again, acknowledgement of the generous assistance by MedShare were expressed during the Course of the Ceremonies. Dr Edgar ‘Akau’ola of Prince Ngu Hospital and Dr. Tevita Tu’ungafasi of Niu’ui Hospital expressed their gratitude for having been access to MedShare Website in placing their Orders. Dr. ‘Akau’ola expressed his gratitude for allowing him by MedShare to order more than 500 items. He was impressed with the donated goods – quality and quantity.
The Hon. Minister of Health at the Handover ceremony of the medical supplies at Niu’ui Hospital challenged the staff to ensure that the health of Ha’apai people will be improved and their lives would be better and happier.
At the Handover Ceremony at the Prince Ngu Hospital, the Hon. Minister of Police, Dr. Viliami Latu in representing the Government of Tonga, expressed gratitude to MedShare and the donors for the successful handover of the medical supplies. Finally, on behalf of the Humanitarian Services, I would like to express our heart-felt thanks to the directors and staff of MedShare for their generous assistance in donating the medical goods and supplies for the improvement of the health of the people of Ha’apai and Vava’u, respectively.
Congratulation to you at MedShare and your staff for your great donations. Accordingly, all the recipients who are receiving treatments at the two hospitals can only say thank you- God bless you and the staff of MedShare on your endeavors to improve the health of the people of Tonga.
On behalf of our people, we owe it to MedShare – and we always pray for your protection in all areas of your developments.
Thank you again – God bless MedShare.
Country Welfare Manager
Thanks to MedShare’s Western Region Council for your direct efforts that made this aid to the people of Tonga possible!
To view photos of the shipment ceremony, click here.