Global health relief serving Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Christian Medical and Dental Association recently mobilized volunteer healthcare providers and secured resources from MedShare’s MedTeam Store that were used in the Philippines. This team worked with the Salvation Army about 30 miles south of Tacloban in communities around Dulag (Duloge). They were able to treat between 50 and 100 patients daily, and provided basic medical care, and dental care. Nurses from the health department worked alongside volunteers and provided vaccinations to children in need. Clinics were set up in school rooms and churches that had been damaged in the Super Typhoon. Thanks to out corporate sponsors: Clif Bar, UPS, Ventas, Inc., and MedAssets, we were able to provide the necessary medical supplies for this mission trip.

Please view the photos below of the beautiful children they were able to treat!

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Nothing wasted for their recovery.

Hospitals for Humanity gathered nearly 10,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment from MedShare to help treat survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. MedShare has provided more than 20,000 pounds of supplies to aid in the recovery of the affected Filipino communities. We are grateful for the support of all the individual donors and corporate partners such as Clif Bar, UPS, Ventas, Inc., MedAssets, and Ayuda Foundation, who have made it possible to provide critically needed medical supplies to our Filipino friends in need. 

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MedShare responds to urgent Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts

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Wind gusts of more than 200 miles per hour and forty-five foot waves have taken the lives of thousands of Filipinos. Super Typhoon Haiyan is among the strongest storms in history and has destroyed homes, businesses and roads throughout the country.

 

When disasters like Typhoon Haiyan strike, MedShare responds, and you can help us do so by donating to our Urgent Humanitarian Relief Program. It takes valuable resources to divert medical surplus from being wasted in local landfills – human capital, hard assets like trucks and gasoline, and financial investment. Please donate now so that life-saving supplies may be directly deployed to hospitals and clinics in the Phillippines today

 

Your financial support makes it possible for MedShare to remain nimble and responsive to recipients just like those impacted from Typhoon Haiyan, who are in need of urgent healthcare delivery. You can help by donating here to our Typhoon Haiyan Humanitarian Relief Program.

CHI supports Philippine Hospital with Aid Shipment

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Catholic Health Initiatives partnered with MedShare to deliver an aid shipment to the Indigenous Peoples’ Hospital in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines. View video here

From Sister Norman Manzano, Hospital Administrator; “Providing access to specialized treatment and care to the approximately 60,000 indigenous people living in the Diocese of Bayombong is the most significant need. These tribal peoples are some of the most marginalized and impoverished in the Philippines. They have been forced to subsist in remote, mountain villages as more and more of their land is taken for commercial endeavors, such as mining, logging, and construction of dams. They live a simple, agrarian lifestyle. The absence of a road network makes accessing services particularly challenging. Cases of emergencies often results to irreversible health deficit or death. They do not have health insurance coverage and are often turned away because of inability to pay for services. The provision of the basic preventive health services, such as immunizations and antenatal care, remains a challenge. Detection and proper management of communicable diseases, like TB, are exceedingly difficult.”

MedShare is proud to collaborate with CHI to deliver over 1,100 boxes of medical supplies to enable the Outpatient Clinic to begin treating patients from the impoverished, indigenous population of Nueva Vizcaya.

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Mid-December Container Shipment Announcements

Mid-December Container Shipment Announcements

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

One month later, a container arrives in the Philippines

On August 23, 2011, we shipped a container out of our Western Region Distribution Center to Candelaria Municipal Hospital in the Philippines.  The container was delivered to Candelaria on September 22, and we received a message from their local Rotary Club. They also included a wonderful set of photos which show the staff and patients who will benefit from the supplies and equipment we sent.

Please take moment to read the letter and glance through the photos below:

Dear MedShare,

 Greetings of peace and joy!  The container van arrived here in Candelaria last Sept.22, 2011.  The delivery truck could not go near the hospital because  the road from the highway going to the hospital is too narrow for it to make a turn at two corners.  So we just have to parked the truck in a gasoline station by the highway not far from the hospital and unloaded it from there in a smaller truck.  Attached are the pictures taken during unloading plus few pictures inside the hospital.

 On behalf of the Rotary Club of Candelaria, we would like to sincerely and profoundly thank you and Mr. Chuck and of course MedShare for all the help you have extended to Candelaria.  I am very sure it will help our community a lot.  Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.  God bless.

Sincerely,

Arman Lirio
Rotary Club of Candelaria

This is the delivery truck that delivered the container from Manila Seaport to Candalaria Quezon. It arrived in Candalaria early the morning of Sept. 22, 2011.

(L-R) PT Don Sangalang, PP Arman Lirio, PS Ron San Pablo, IPP Ariel Robles, RS Pat Robles, RS Tet Lirio, Millet, PP Jimmy

The contents of the container upon opening. At the center is Ms. Millet Magkawas, Office Administrator of CMH

The container prior to being unloaded.

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The container being unloaded.

Group shot!

The smaller transport truck being unloaded.

Another great group shot!

After the delivery truck left, they immediately moved all the boxes inside the storeroom.

Main entrance of the hospital

Emergency room waiting area

Two donated microscopes

Donated wheelchairs

Donated exam table

To view more photos of this container arrival, visit our Flickr album here.

Medical Missions in Quezon City, Philippines

A Servants of Mary sister and patients with medical supplies from MedShare

Quezon City, the most populous city in the Philippines, boasts not only warm weather year-round, but also an unfortunate problem with Tuberculosis. Tuberculosis, or TB, is an infectious disease caused by the “tubercle bacilli” bacteria which affect the lungs, and can also attack parts of the body such as bones, intestines, and kidneys.

Dr. Antonieta Inumerable, head of the Quezon City Health Department, says, “one third of the world population has TB infection and 1.9 million people die every year because of TB.” Among 22 countries with widely-known TB issues, the Philippines rank ninth, and averages 75 Filipino fatalities daily. TB ranks eight among the ten leading causes of illness in Quezon City, and sixth among the ten leading causes of death.

It was with this in mind that The Servants of Mary, a medical team who heard about MedShare from their local Wells Fargo Bank, have served in Quezon City for eight years. Spearheaded by Sr. Maria Del Carmen Voga, the Mother Superior of the Servants of Mary in Quezon City, a clinic was started in 2003 to provide free medical care. Their main focus, in addition to preventation and urgent care, is fighting TB. Last year, their clinic saw 16,237 patients, and gave TB meds to 430 patients.

Sr. Maria’s sister, Gladys, visited MedShare’s Western Region Medical Team Store last November to collect supplies for their clinic. The store offers medical mission teams a cost effective option for items they will need on their mission trips.  We are proud to help supply their mission and support the ongoing battle with TB.

Below are words of thanks and photos from the clinic:

On behalf of Servant of Mary in Quezon City, Philippines I want to thank you for all your generosity and help. Your help has been a blessing for the many needy families that we assist. I arrived in the Philippines on Oct 10 with your donated supplies. The Sisters and the community we serve want to say a Big Thank you to all of you.

Servant of Mary
Sor Maria del Carmen Vega

To learn more about our Medical Team Store, click here.

This is an excerpt from our April e-newsletter. To read more – including stories of MedShare’s environmental impact and a biomedical engineer volunteer – click here.