Thanks to Kimberly-Clark, MedShare Ships Container of Medical Supplies for American Nicaraguan Foundation in Managua, Nicaragua

Nicaragua

On Wednesday, May 11, a 40-foot container carrying donated medical supplies and equipment for the American Nicaraguan Foundation in Managua, Nicaragua was shipped out of MedShare’s West Coast Distribution Center.  This is the fifth container that MedShare has shipped to this recipient since 2003.

The American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) is a 501 c (3) not-for profit organization rated as a four star charity by Charity Navigator.  Their mission is to help the neediest sectors in Nicaragua by strengthening medical assistance, increasing educational attainment, building safe shelters, providing clean water solutions, promoting economic opportunity, and delivery humanitarian aid to impoverished communities all over Nicaragua.  For more information and to view an inspirational video about their important humanitarian work, visit the ANF website here.

In Nicaragua, 1 in 2 people live in extreme poverty, 3 in 10 kids are malnourished, and there is 1 doctor for every 2,700 citizens. To say that medical supplies and equipment are lacking there would be an understatement – these items are desperately needed.

The MedShare tractor trailer size container that shipped out today is carrying over 11,000 lbs of medical humanitarian aid items, including:

  • baby care kits
  • bandages
  • surgical drapes
  • arm slings and cast materials
  • surgical masks
  • syringes
  • laryngoscopes
  • pulse oximeters
  • an infant warmer
  • and much more!

A huge thanks to the Kimberly-Clark Kimnica S.A. office in Managua and the Kimberly-Clark Foundation for making this project possible with their generous sponsorship!

Norcross First United Methodist Church’s Passion for Rubin Dario, Nicaragua

Norcross First United Methodist Church supports Dr. Medina's clinic in Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and Rubin Dario, a small village near Leon, is considered one of the top 10 “most-at-risk” communities in the country. Unemployment is rampant, health problems are a part of everyday life, and 70% of the population lives on less than $2 US dollars per day. If a little help can go a long way in a community like this, imagine how far long-term commitment to help could go.

That’s exactly what dedicated members of Norcross First United Methodist Church have done. Their congregation is so dedicated to making a difference in the lives of Nicaraguans that they’ve taken Rubin Dario under their wing, and for the past seven years, five times a year, the group has worked to better that community. As LuRae Ahrendt, R.N., says, “we really care about the overall health and welfare of the community.”

Children's feeding program

This relationship began in 2005, when a small mission team from Norcross First United Methodist Church first visited Ruben Dario. The team found poor children being fed out of a bar. They vowed to make a change, believing that no child should learn to go to a bar to get their needs met. A vision was born and it grew into passion. Their goal is to work with, not for, the people of Ruben Dario. They’re accomplishing that by working directly with school superintendents, teachers, doctors, and local community leaders.

MedShare’s Medical Team Store has supported at least seven of NFUMC’s medical mission trips to Nicaragua, most recently in November 2010. The group carried eight suitcases of medical supplies; at 50 lbs each, they took almost 400 pounds of supplies to Nicaragua!

Water filtration system

On the trip, medical mission members accomplished a lot, including installing a water filtration system and working alongside Nicaraguan Dr. Alonzo Medina in Rubin Dario clinic. The NFUMC team worked in OB-GYN, did well-health baby checks, and gave community presentations on teen sexuality and kidney care. LuRae recalled a teenage mom who brought her 6-month old baby to the clinic; the child had dysentery and was severely dehydrated. As it turns out, it was through lack of education that the child had gotten sick – not lack of caring. As LuRae sat with mom and child all morning, she both rehydrated the child and taught the mom the concept of hydration. This young girl’s education was so lacking that she didn’t understand the concept of fluids going in resulted in fluids coming out. With a bit of care, clean water, MedShare supplies, both the mom and child left the clinic improved.

The NFUMC team has accomplished many things in the years they have been working with Rubin Dario: they’ve built onto the existing clinic, put three water systems into the community, started a primary school feeding program, implemented a home building program, rebuilt homes, started a sewing co-op, built walls around the school, and put a water foundation in the school.

On the home front, MedShare was pleased to have Dr. Medina visit our headquarters last week to tour the facility and give a brief presentation on the clinics supported by our Medical Team Store in Nicaragua. Both parties are further exploring how we can provide more assistance to these clinics and reach the surrounding rural areas.

(This story is an excerpt from our February e-newsletter. To read the entire newsletter – featuring MedShare’s relationship with Ecuador– click here.)

In the News: MedShare, Kimberly-Clark and the ANF

Nicaragua

Thanks to the generous support of Kimberly-Clark, MedShare shipped a forty-foot container of medical supplies and equipment to the American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) in Managua, Nicaragua this September. The shipment was recently featured on a Nicaraguan news program, La Prensa.

The ANF is a 501 c (3) not-for profit organization rated as a four star charity by Charity Navigator whose mission is to help the neediest sectors in Nicaragua by strengthening medical assistance, increasing educational attainment, building safe shelters, providing clean water solutions, promoting economic opportunity, and delivering humanitarian aid to impoverished communities all over Nicaragua.

In total, MedShare has shipped four containers to ANF, one in 2003, one in 2004, one in June 2010 and one in September 2010; the latter two were sponsored by Kimberly-Clark.

In Nicaragua, 1 in 2 people live in extreme poverty, 3 in 10 kids are malnourished, and there is 1 doctor for every 2,700 citizens. Medical supplies and equipment are desperately needed there.  Click here to view a powerful video created by a dedicated ANF volunteer that depicts the lives of Nicaraguans the difference ANF’s work makes.

MedShare donated supplies in Nicaragua

MedShare supplies on La Prensa

Watch the video below to view the ANF and MedShare story that aired on La Prensa:

Translation:
Kimberly-Clark, through MedShare, a nonprofit located in the United States whose mission is to improve the environment and healthcare through the efficient recovery and redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to underserved healthcare facilities in developing countries, donated more than 1,500,000 Nicaraguan córdoba in medical supplies and equipment. This donation was made possible through a strategic partnership with Kimberly-Clark and the American Nicaraguan Foundation. The donations are really important because they’re improving the country’s health sector, which is a very important part of the country’s well-being. We’ll now make a presentation of the supplies and equipment donated by MedShare.

Among the items included in September’s shipment were:

  • Baby Care Kits
  • Electric Beds
  • Diapers
  • Gloves
  • PET Vehicles
  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Exam Lamps
  • Wheelchairs

We’d like to give a special thanks to Kimberly-Clark, without whom this shipment would not have been possible. Kimberly-Clark sponsored the MedShare fees, shipping costs, facilitated customs clearance, and even had a ceremony (depicted in the video) during which they presented the MedShare-donated supplies to ANF.

Medical Aid for Nicaragua

We often forget how blessed we are as a nation to have a strong healthcare system, and in spite of going through the hard times of a recession, a strong overall economy compared to the majority of our global friends.  Nicaraugua, for example, 1 in 2 people live in extreme poverty, 3 in 10 kids are malnourished, and there is 1 doctor for every 2,700 citizens.  Step into their lives and imagine that for a moment.

Children of Nicaragua

Friday, June 25, 2010, MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center loaded and shipped a 40 foot container with medical supplies and equipment for the AMERICAN NICARAGUAN FOUNDATION in Managua, Nicaragua. The American Nicaraguan Foundation (ANF) is a 501 c (3) not-for profit organization rated as a four star charity by Charity Navigator. The ANF mission is to help the neediest sectors in Nicaragua by strengthening medical assistance, increasing educational attainment, building safe shelters, providing clean water solutions, promoting economic opportunity, and delivery humanitarian aid to impoverished communities all over Nicaragua.

Medical supplies and equipment are desperately needed there. The MedShare container that shipped out today is carrying over 14,000 lbs of medical humanitarian aid items, including blood pressure machines, a sterilizer, a defibrillator, 2 pulse oximeters, 2 electric hospital beds, boxes of baby lotion, hydrogen peroxide, sutures, surgical drapes, arm slings, surgical gloves, medical text books, gauze sponges, and much more. When the ANF receives these items, they will distribute them to 5 different under-resourced medical centers in the capital city of Managua, including: Nuestra Señora del Carmen, Dispensario San Martin , Dispensario Monte Tabor, and Dispensario San Judas Tadeo.

Very special thanks goes out to the Kimberly Clark- Kimnica S.A. office in Managua and the Kimberly Clark Foundation, the corporate sponsors of this humanitarian project!