MedShare’s Western Region Council Sorts Donations

MedShare’s Western Region Council celebrated the holidays by gathering to sort medical supplies at our Distribution and Volunteer Center in San Leandro, CA. We’re grateful to these business and community leaders for being such wonderful advocates for us.

They produced 110 boxes of supplies that will be added to aid shipments leaving the West Coast for hospitals around the globe.

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Thank You Letter from Tonga (the container arrived!)

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.

From San Leandro, CA...

...to Tonga!

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.

Sincerely,

Halahuni Langi
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.

MedShare Ships Second Container to Hospital St. Nicolas in Haiti

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MedShare celebrated a very special shipment to Haiti on Thursday, May 19, 2011, when a 40 foot container of medical humanitarian aid for Haiti was shipped out of the Western Regional Distribution Center.  The container is carrying over 11,600 lbs of donated medical supplies and equipment for Hospital St. Nicolas, such as cervical collars, electric beds, diapers, splints, gauze, syringes, an anesthesia machine, an infant warmer, and much more.

Dr. Stephen Lockhart, Chief Medical Officer at Sutter Health East Bay Region, introduced Chuck Haupt to the need for medical supplies and equipment at Hospital St. Nicolas, Saint Marc, Haiti shortly after the January 2010 earthquake. Dr. Lockhart and other medical professionals from Sutter Health went to Hospital St. Nicolas to treat the injured and sick. Subsequent to that first visit, he has returned three more times to aid patients in that community. See a short video here about Dr. Lockhart’s most recent visit to Hospital St. Nicolas.

MedShare’s long-time partner Partners in Health (known in Haiti as Zanmi Lasante) support St. Nicolas Hospital and coordinated this shipment with MedShare.  Thanks to all at PIH for facilitating this project, raising the money for the shipping, and handling the customs clearance and delivery to Saint Marc.

We are so very proud to partner with Sutter Health and Partners in Health on this second aid shipment to Hospital St. Nicolas. Joining us at the ceremony were members of MedShare’s Western Region Council, many volunteers, and 7th grade students from Corpus Christi School in Piedmont (who volunteered with us for the entire school year).

Dr. Stephen Lockhart, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Sutter Health East Bay Region

Volunteers, guests and staff celebrate this shipment to Hospital St. Nicolas

(L to R) Chuck Haupt, MedShare; Dr. Stephen Lockhart, Sutter Health; and Western Region Council members - Mary Bersot, Robin Flagg, Camilo Barcenas, Paul Hofmann, John Feilders

MedShare Ships First Container to Tonga

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Yesterday, MedShare’s Western Region shipped an ocean container of medical supplies and equipment to two hospitals in Tonga. Niu’ui Hospital in Ha’apai and Prince Ngu Hospital in Vava’u will be receiving over 1,000 boxes of critically needed supplies.

Tongan-bound boxes of medical supplies

At the ceremony, we were honored to host representatives of the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita and Lord Tuita, Consul General of Tonga in San Franciso. The Executive Council Members of the Tonga USA Association were also in attendance.

Her Royal Highness Princess Pilolevu Tuita and Lord Tuita, Consul General of Tonga in San Francisco with the MedShare team

The LDS Church, represented by Mr. Van Johnson in the U.S. and Mr. Halahuni Langi, Tongan Country Welfare Manager, is collaborating with MedShare on this shipment. They have arranged the delivery of the container to Liohana High School in Tongatapu, and will then coordinate the shipment of supplies to the two outer island recipient hospitals.

MedShare's Western Region team with Her Royal Highness Princess Pilolevu Tuita and Lord Tuita, Consul General of Tonga in San Francisco sending off the container to Tonga!

The container of aid was sponsored by MedShare’s Western Region Council. The Regional Council is comprised of leading members of the community in Northern California whose purpose is to generate awareness of MedShare and raise funds to support and sustain the organization’s healthcare, humanitarian aid, and environmental mission.

The Kingdom of Tonga is an archipelago situated in the South Pacific Ocean, with a population of 102,000 people. The 170+ islands, of which only 40 are inhabited, are scattered over 700,000 sq km of ocean. Tonga is divided into four main island groups: Tongatapu, where the capital of Nuku’alofa can be found, and ‘Eua; Vava’u; Ha’apai; and the Niuas. The people from two of these island groups shall benefit immensely from the medical aid shipped by MedShare to Tonga.

Her Royal Highness Princess Pilolevu Tuita and Lord Tuita, Consul General of Tonga in San Francisco with MedShare volunteers

We’d also like to give a special thanks to UPS for providing a discounted shipping rate. Without their generosity, this shipment would not have been possible.

Thanks to the Western Region Council, the LDS Church, and everyone else who made this happen!

To view more photos of this ceremony, click here.