Lesotho Receives Container with help of UPS and Aidmatrix Network

Lesotho, South Africa

On Wednesday, November 17, 2010, a 40-foot container of medical humanitarian aid for Lesotho was loaded and shipped out of Medshare’s Western Regional Distribution Center. Through the AidMatrix Network, a foundation that connects donors and relief organizations, UPS generously provided in-kind shipping of the container from California to the South African port.

Lesotho is a tiny country in Southern Africa that has the 3rd highest HIV/AIDS rate in the world. The majority of the 2 million people living in Lesotho live in conditions of extreme poverty, and the rural hospitals and clinics lack basic medical supplies needed to care for patients.

The container MedShare shipped is carrying over 900 pieces of medical supplies such as exam gloves, disposable patient gowns, adhesive dressings, syringes, alcohol swabs, and much more. The Catholic order of the nuns called Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary will distribute the supplies amongst various clinics and hospitals in the regions. The Sisters of the Holy Names have been performing charity work in Lesotho for almost 80 years, and in the past two years they have received two other containers of aid from MedShare. Another container is scheduled to load today.

Below are photos from a visit to Lesotho by MedShare’s Executive Director of the Western Region, Chuck Haupt.

Improvised crutches made from scrap wood
Young child in the arms of his grandmother after treatment at hospital
Nursing aids attend to young child mauled by a dog. They had no suture to close the wounds.
Hospital linens drying in the sun
Expectant mothers at clinic supported by midwives
Rural Health Clinic
Crowded hospital ward
Young child waiting at clinic
Supply closet at rural health clinic
MedShare staff and volunteers from Kaiser Permanente with the loaded container, just before it left for the Oakland port.

Special thanks to AidMatrix Network, UPS, Sister Bathilda Heqoa, Sister Mary Haupt, Chuck Haupt, and Ken Rogers for their hard work and kind contributions in making this shipment happen!