Haiti may not be dealing with quite the emergency trauma that they once were, but the people, specifically in the healthcare system, are still suffering as a result of the January 12th earthquake that basically destroyed their country. So far, MedShare has sent almost 100 tons of medical supplies and equipment to hospitals in need in Haiti, with more on the way!
Thursday, May 20th, 2010, MedShare’s Western Region loaded and shipped out a 40 foot container of medical supply and equipment donations for HOPITAL PEDIATRIQUE SAINT DAMIEN in Haiti. This is a 120 bed pediatric hospital in the Petionville region which is connected to the international NGO FRIENDS OF THE ORPHANS. MedShare staff personally visited this hospital in a trip to Haiti after the earthquake devastated the country, and were so moved by the hospital staff’s humanitarian spirit and dedication to Haitian families, that they returned home with a mission to find a way to ship containers there.
The container that left the MedShare warehouse yesterday will be the first of several that are planned for the coming months. The container is carrying over 12,000 lbs of medical products, including cast materials, medicine bottles, surgical drapes, cotton balls, hygiene kits, Personal Energy Transport carts, wheelchairs, crutches, nebulizers, laryngoscopes, an infant ventilator, a microscope, an orthopedic surgical table, and much more.