In April 2010, MedShare shipped a container of medical supplies and equipment to Nigeria. The project was sponsored by “Yinit D. Med-Ventures Inc.,” an organization founded by Dr. Adeniyi Henry Olowu, which also handled the distribution in Nigeria.
Dr. Olowu’s daughter, a college student, went to Nigeria with him to help with the distribution and wrote an account of her experience that we wanted to share with you:
I had the opportunity to travel to Nigeria this summer, after thirteen long years. It was a wonderful experience, especially seeing relatives that I haven’t seen in over a decade. One of my most memorable moments in Nigeria was when I spent time with my dad distributing medical supplies to local clinics. This is a memory that will stay with me forever, and from it I have taken away many life lessons which I hope to share with others.
Nigeria, along with many other African countries, is in dire need of medical assistance, not so much medical professionals but medical supplies. From my experience in Nigeria, I can strongly state that the majority of the clinics I saw lacked proper supplies and equipment to care for their patients. And at the few that did, their supplies were outdated. This was a major problem that I noticed – lack of technology, and sometimes this can be the determining factor in saving lives. For example, many of these clinics did not have access to a defibrillator and relied mainly on chest pumps with their bare hands to resuscitate patients. But as we all know, this method is less effective in comparison to the use of a defibrillator. And if more of these machines alone can be introduced to hospitals and clinics, more lives can surely be saved.
I had the privilege of going to a small town outside the capital of Nigeria with my dad, where we were able to distribute medical supplies to the local clinic. The status of the clinic was dreadful and the thought of it being the place that people relied on treatment was even worse. Just like the physical appearance, the attributes were lacking as well. A few bandages and syringes here and there could not treat anything but a simple cut or wound. If someone with a critical medical condition was taken there, they will be helpless because without proper medical supplies there is only little that can be done. With this being said, I can’t even put to words how this community as a whole was very delighted with the resources, supplies and equipment we provided them.
All in all, much gratitude and appreciation was shown to us by all the clinics and hospitals we donated supplies. And with this same gratitude and appreciation that was given to us, I am also extending it to you. I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for providing my father with the opportunity to touch lives and give back to those in need. Without your role all this would not have been possible. I also want to thank you personally for giving me this wonderful experience, it was truly something unforgettable.