Greetings from Nicaragua! Our Chief Development Officer Sue Brandt and I are here with members of our Board of Trustees and friends of MedShare to witness first-hand the impact that our supplies and equipment is having on communities in this country. Our visit is being facilitated by our long-standing partner, Food for the Poor (FFTP) and their partner, the American Nicaragua Foundation (ANF).
Since 2000, MedShare has shipped 24 forty-foot containers to Nicaragua and provisioned over 100 Medical Mission Teams since 2008.
Our day started with a visit to Enrique D’Osso Health Clinic and School (right). This clinic provides basic healthcare via a single bed clinic. They also manage a school where many of the kids receive their only hot meal of the day, which is often brought by a parent. I must admit, I fell in love with the adorable kids and was very proud that some of our supplies went toward supporting this mission.
Next it was off to Hospital Infantil Manuel de Jesus Rivera La Mascota in Managua. This is a referral hospital servicing kids up to age 15. They are also the only pediatric hospital of its kind in Nicaragua focusing on the treatment of childhood cancer, pediatric neurology, and emergency pediatrics. I am proud to say that they had received a MedShare container through our relationship with Kimberly Clark and additional supplies through our relationship with Food for the Poor.This was a very well run facility with new or nearly new pieces of equipment. However, they did express a growing need for beds, gloves, and CPAP nasal masks.
We finished up the day with a visit to the American Nicaraguan Foundation warehouse and offices (right).Here we were able to see the many donations they receive such as food, furniture and medical supplies. This was a great opportunity to highlight the key strategic relationships we have with FFTP and ANF.
MedShare sends 12 containers per year to FFTP. Food for the Poor takes responsibility for shipping, customs clearance and vetting/selecting the recipient or in country partner. In Nicaragua they work closely with ANF to make sure donations are being used and reaching those in need. Upon use or our donations, FFTP also coordinates sending special feedback reports to us from recipient hospitals and medical institutions.
MedShare’s work is really making a difference in people’s lives.
MedShare CEO and President