Holá from Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala!
Over the next few days, I am visiting hospitals and clinics in Guatemala and meeting with local MedShare partners and friends. Throughout this trip, we will strengthen existing partnerships, build new relationships, share knowledge and ideas, and, very importantly, learn how we can enhance the impact of MedShare’s work in Guatemala.
MedShare has shipped 32 forty-foot containers to Guatemala since 2000, and we are eager to continue to support the efforts of those working here on the ground to provide health care for the most needy in this country. Over recent decades, Guatemala has struggled with natural disasters and a devastating civil war; and yet it remains a beautiful country with a vibrant Mayan culture and generous, hard-working people.
MedShare plans to ship approximately 150 forty-foot containers of donated medical supplies and equipment this year to over 35 countries. In order to maximize the impact of these shipments and be efficient stewards of our financial, supply and equipment donations, it is critical that we continuously improve our programs. MedShare has a 14 year history of providing very high quality donations AND we know can always do better. In fact, the MedShare team is a bit obsessed with figuring out how we can improve and innovate! The best way to do that is by actually seeing, listening to and experiencing the health care realities in the countries we serve. So, the next week in Guatemala will be packed full of listening, learning and planning for the future. Stay tuned for daily reports from the road. If you have questions, ideas or suggestions, send them to me via Twitter @mrentz or via email at email@example.com.
Meridith Rentz, CEO, MedShare