MedShare partner shows life-saving miracles start with small packages

The J. F. Kapnek Trust has been a MedShare partner for about five years, ever since Executive Director Dan Robbins, M.D. learned about our work in the San Francisco Bay area. “I can always find a large number of medical supplies at MedShare that meet the specific needs of the patients we serve,” he noted. “For example, adult catheters are of little use if what we really need are catheters for infants and children.”

robbins-suppliesAbove: Some of the supplies Dr. Dan Robbins has received from Medshare’s Western Region Distribution Center included pediatric cannulas and IV catheters for Harare Children’s Hospital in Zimbabwe.

The J.F. Kapnek Charitable Trust operates one of the largest pediatric HIV/AIDS transmission prevention programs in Africa. Based in Harare, Zimbabwe, one of southern Africa’s most impoverished countries, the organization serves approximately 400 birthing centers and 120,000 pregnant women.

In a country with a total population of 12 million, there are an estimated 2 million AIDS orphans. Over the past 40 years, the Trust’s programs, centered at Harare Children’s Hospital, have prevented thousands of new pediatric HIV and AIDS cases each year.

A practicing pediatrician on staff at the Oakland Children’s Hospital, Dr. Robbins has been taking medical supplies to Zimbabwe to assist health care professionals for about 10 years. “It’s been a moving experience for me because I had to confront the harsh reality that children in Zimbabwe died of the same diseases we can prevent here in the United States,” he said.

Robbins said medical supplies the Trust has received from MedShare have significantly helped the work of health care professionals at Harare Children’s Hospital. “Doctors there often run out of the supplies they needed to perform critical procedures,” he added. “Our partnership with MedShare has helped doctors in Zimbabwe save lives.”

A trailer packed with preschool items, wheelchairs, and medical supplies – some of those supplies from MedShare’s Western Region Distribution Center – left the San Francisco Bay area on Monday, March 31, 2014 bound for Zimbabwe. The Trust’s work project has tremendous support from the Lafayette, California community where it maintains a small office to support its work in Zimbabwe.

robbinspic2Dr. Dan Robbins (center photo, left), with medical staff members at Harare Children’s Hospital

Dan Robbins says the J.F. Kapnek Trust hopes to sponsor a 40-foot container from MedShare in the future. “We’ll be working toward that goal,“ he added. “MedShare has been a key part of the long-term, positive impact we’re having on improving the health care of mothers, children and families in Zimbabwe.”

Click here for more information about MedShare’s medical mission team program. For more information on the work of the J.F. Kapnek Charitable trust, visit www.jfkapnektrust.org.

A generous gift for our southeast region volunteer program

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Our volunteers’ work at the Southeast Region Sorting Center in Decatur, GA will be a lot easier now thanks to a generous gift from Atlanta area volunteer Tom Jacob. Last weekend, he graciously donated 20 NEW tape guns to our Volunteer Program!

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Thank you, Tom! We greatly appreciate your support of our programs and our work! MedShare volunteers ROCK! Interested in volunteering at MedShare? Visit the Volunteer page on our website. We’d love to have you join us!

Typhoon Haiyan Relief: MedShare’s impact in the Philippines

November 8, 2013 brought an unrelenting storm to the Philippines, packing wind gusts of more than 200 miles per hour. Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in history, ripped through the islands, damaging businesses, communities, and health care facilities, and taking thousands of Filipino lives.

As humanitarian aid began arriving in Tacloban and other locales in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, MedShare was among the nonprofit health care organizations providing assistance to the victims and laying the groundwork for long term relief.

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Click here to read more about MedShare’s continuing impact on the humanitarian relief efforts in the Philippines as the country rebuilds after the typhoon’s devastating impact.

Global health relief serving Typhoon Haiyan survivors

Christian Medical and Dental Association recently mobilized volunteer healthcare providers and secured resources from MedShare’s MedTeam Store that were used in the Philippines. This team worked with the Salvation Army about 30 miles south of Tacloban in communities around Dulag (Duloge). They were able to treat between 50 and 100 patients daily, and provided basic medical care, and dental care. Nurses from the health department worked alongside volunteers and provided vaccinations to children in need. Clinics were set up in school rooms and churches that had been damaged in the Super Typhoon. Thanks to out corporate sponsors: Clif Bar, UPS, Ventas, Inc., and MedAssets, we were able to provide the necessary medical supplies for this mission trip.

Please view the photos below of the beautiful children they were able to treat!

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Nothing wasted for their recovery.

Hospitals for Humanity gathered nearly 10,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment from MedShare to help treat survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. MedShare has provided more than 20,000 pounds of supplies to aid in the recovery of the affected Filipino communities. We are grateful for the support of all the individual donors and corporate partners such as Clif Bar, UPS, Ventas, Inc., MedAssets, and Ayuda Foundation, who have made it possible to provide critically needed medical supplies to our Filipino friends in need. 

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