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.
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.