Volunteer-Sponsored Container Ships Out for Tanzania

This week on Tuesday November 19, volunteers, staff, and guests gathered at MedShare’s Western Region to send off a container of medical supplies to Shirati KMT Hospital in Tanzania. This was a very special occasion for MedShare’s Western Region volunteers who not only sorted and boxed the supplies going on the container but also raised the $22,000 sponsorship fee for the container. Every container that MedShare ships must have a financial sponsor to cover the costs associated with preparing and shipping the container, so that it can be shipped free of charge to the recipient hospital. These volunteers worked hard over the summer to raise the funds. They organized a silent auction, arranged a 5K walk, and donated their many talents to make this fundraiser a success.

We are very grateful to the thousands of volunteers who give their time to MedShare every year, and we are especially proud of the remarkable effort made by these volunteers.

Thank you! We wish the container a safe and speedy journey to Tanzania!

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MedShare volunteers, staff, and guests send off a container to Tanzania

Berean Christian Church helps us send off a container to Uganda!

On Monday, August 12, MedShare had the pleasure of sending off a 40-foot container of medical aid to Uganda, sponsored by the generous Berean Christian Church.

Berean came strongly represented to witness the send off of the container to their partner hospital, Lion of Judah. This is an urban hospital funded entirely by donations, and has an approximate annual budget of $130,000, less than the value of the shipment we sent them. They serve around 12,000 patients per year, and the most pressing healthcare issues are cases of tropical diseases and STDs, but the Lion of Judah medical center provides a wide variety of medical services, from primary, general and emergency care to family planning, Obs/gyn, pediatrics, and orthopedics. MedShare has provided general medical supplies, such as bandages, catheters, dressings, gloves, gowns, I.V. supplies, masks, needles, surgical packs and syringes, plus durable medical equipment (DME) like crutches and walkers, as well as surgical instruments. MedShare also provided two hospital beds, one stretcher, and three exam tables, along with various pieces of Biomedical equipment, such as CPAP/BIPAP machines, a patients lift, a defibrillator, and an electrosurgical machine.

The group was led by head pastor and founder, Dr. Kerwin Lee and his First Lady. Witnessing the event were two officials from Bayelsa State, Nigeria, sent by their Governor.

Berean has chosen Uganda as their primary international outreach project. In addition to this container sponsorship, the church led a 20 member delegation to Uganda this past July for a mission trip that included medical staff that were able to treat large numbers of patients. Berean has been an outstanding partner to MedShare, sending 108 volunteers to sort 971 boxes over 324 hours! We look forward to continuing this partnership with Berean, and are so thankful for their support! Please click below to view pictures from our send off ceremony.

Biomed Volunteer Gives MedShare His Summer and Gets a Jump Start to His Senior Year

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Robert at work on a vital signs monitor.

Robert Charkowicz, a 20 year old college student from Castro Valley, CA, volunteered for the summer at MedShare’s Western Region Distribution and Volunteer Center. Robert, who is studying Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, spent 2-3 days a week this summer working in the Biomedical Lab.  Adept with the computer Robert assisted with the Biomedical Publications Library establishing a naming/organizational structure for operation and maintenance publications. He researched equipment publications on line to find repair information and resources increasing our library and maintenance capability. These publications will be sent out with the equipment to the recipients in developing countries so that they can operate and repair the equipment when needed.

Robert also assisted with daily work, conducting inventory of equipment and testing and repairing equipment.  The equipment included items such as: Vital Signs Monitors, ECG, NIBP and SPO2 equipment, CPAP machines and respirators/nebulizers, surgical tables, ultrasound equipment and an anesthesia machine.

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Volunteer Robert Charkowicz and MedShare’s Biomedical Technician Rene Steinkellner in the lab.

He’s now returning back to UC Davis to start his Senior year.  We will miss his work and his presence here at MedShare, and wish him all the best in his future.  The work that he completed here at MedShare will continue to enhance the success of our mission providing medical equipment to those in need.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Drops By MedShare’s Western Region

On Monday, August 20, employees of the nearby Dr. Pepper Snapple Group stopped by MedShare’s Western Region to present a grant of $1,000 dollars that was requested through their company’s employee volunteer program, ACTIONeer Program, in support of MedShare Western Region. Throughout the past year, Dr. Pepper Snapple has been regularly sending their employees to volunteer at MedShare to sort medical supplies.

Thank you Dr. Pepper Snapple Group for your generosity and your time!

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MedShare’s Chuck Haupt (2nd from left) and Terry Monday (2nd from Right) join employees from Dr. Pepper Snapple Group for their generous check presentation!