Repost: MedShare Made 2nd Shipment of Medical Aid

On January 17, 2012, MedShare’s Western Region shipped a container of medical supplies and equipment to Tonga. The Tonga Government posted a press release announcing this shipment, and we wanted to share it with you. (To view the original, click here.)

MedShare Made 2nd Shipment of Medical Aid

On the 17th of January 2012, award-winning charity MedShare shipped a 40-foot ocean container of medical supplies and equipment designated for the two island groups of Niuatoputapu and ‘Eua, in Tonga.

Lord Tuita, Consul General of the Kingdom of Tonga in San Francisco, attended the shipment ceremony.

Lord Tuita, Tonga Consul General, San Francisco; Taylor Butterfield; Chuck Haupt, Executive Director, MedShare's Western Region

This container of critically-needed medical supplies and equipment was coordinated (including the seafreight) by Taylor Butterfield from Sacramento, California, who has undertaken this project as a part of his Boy Scout Eagle Award.

This is the 2nd container of medical supplies and equipment that has been sent by MedShare to the Kingdom.

Tonga Consul General Lord Tuita with Executive Director, MedShare W. Region) during the ceremony marking MedShare's second shipment of medical aid to Tonga

MedShare is an innovative non-profit organization and operates California’s first large-scale surplus medical supply recycler which mobilizes tons of excess medical supplies through cooperation with various manufacturers and its 29 local partner hospitals.

Founded in 1998, MedShare is consistently ranked as one of the United States most efficient charities, and has successfully delivered over 750 containers of aid to 90 developing nations.


Container Shipment Arrival at Sunyani Government Hospital in Ghana

In July 2011, MedShare’s Western Region shipped a tractor-trailer size container of medical supplies and equipment to the Sunyani Government Hospital in Ghana.

The hospital staff snapped photos of the container being unloaded, and we wanted to share them with you… see below:

Truck arriving at the Hospital

Truck has been opened

Accompanied documents been handed over to the Head of Clinical Egineering Unit

Medical Directoment and Head of Finance (Holding Document) studying the parking list

Starting the off loading

Off-loading process

Head of Nursing Administration inspecting the supplies

Still off loading the supplies

Still off loading and parking the medical supplies

Head of Administration (Mr. Asare-Bediako Abraham) inspecting the off loading process

end stage of the off loading process

Section of the off loaded supplies

To see all our 2011 shipments, click here.

MedShare’s Western Region sends 8th and 9th Container Shipment to Libya

Yesterday, our Western Region successfully loaded and shipped two containers to Libya. These containers represent our 8th and 9th shipments to Libya.

Community volunteers, guests and MedShare staff all took great pride in being a part of this momentous day. We shared with those gathered the importance of the medical supplies and equipment being sent to the Libyan people.

Staff and volunteers with the shipment

Boxes loaded on the container

Loading the container

Container #8

We send our best wishes to those hospitals, and the medical professionals and care-givers that will be receiving and using this humanitarian aid.

From Decatur, GA to Libya: A Container Shipment Arrives

On June 29, 2011, we shipped a container of medical supplies and equipment for emergency relief to Tripoli Central Hospital in Libya.  This was the first of six projects generously sponsored by the HOPE International Relief and Development Agency, a non-profit that has set up a special Libyan Relief Fund with the objective of providing emergency aid to Libyan people facing violence and medical and food supply shortages.

The container arrived yesterday, and they kindly sent photos of its arrival and unloading that we wanted to share with you. See below:

Arrival of container

Libyans with the container

Prior to unloading

Unloaded boxes


Thanks to all those who helped make this shipment possible. We are hopeful these supplies will indeed benefit those suffering in Libya.

MedShare Celebrating 700th Humanitarian Aid Shipment with Formal Ceremony – Libyan Relief

MedShare to host a formal shipment ceremony for its 700th aid container to beleaguered hospitals in Libya on Friday, September 2nd.

For 13 years, award-winning nonprofit MedShare has bridged the gap between surplus and need by recovering and redistributing surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals and medical companies to needy health facilities around the world.  On September 2nd at 9:30 a.m., the organization will celebrate its 700th container shipment of humanitarian aid with a formal ceremony. The container will be sent to benefit beleaguered hospitals in Libya.

I-GO AID Foundation

The container is sponsored by HOPE International Relief & Development Agency (USA) based out of Columbus, Ohio. I-GO Aid Foundation, based in Malta, Libya, will be coordinating delivery of the supplies and equipment to hospitals in Libya. Among the over 1,000 medical supplies and equipment that will be sent are hospital beds, gurneys, exam lights, exam tables, a ventilator for pediatric and adult patients, surgical packs, syringes, gloves and oxygen masks. Hospitals throughout Libya are dealing with a humanitarian catastrophe, as they are running short on critically needed medical supplies.

“It has been an exceptional experience working with MedShare and all their staff throughout the Libyan conflict. With their extraordinary service and vision, we were able to help save the lives of thousands of men, women, and children,” said Homdi Soliman, Operation Director of HOPE.

In its 13-year history, MedShare has shipped over $93 million worth of medical supplies and equipment in 700 tractor-trailer size containers to 88 developing countries and territories around the world. In the process, the organization has saved over 2 million cubic feet of space from landfills, and millions of lives. This will be MedShare’s fourth shipment to hospitals in Libya collaborating with these partners.

“It’s truly remarkable what MedShare has accomplished over the past 13 years.  Our success is tied directly to the strategic partnerships that we have cultivated over the years,” said Meridith Rentz, CEO of MedShare. “We are proud to send over 1,000 medical items to those in Libya that have been dramatically impacted by the turmoil in that country.”

I-GO Aid Foundation is a nonprofit organization that delivers much needed medical and food supplies to the Libyan people, specifically those in cut-off coastal areas of the country. HOPE International Relief & Development Agency is an American non-profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to easing the hardships of the disadvantaged, displaced, and misfortunate people of the world through programs that provide food, shelter, education, and financial means and incentives to start small businesses and industries that could serve as permanent sources of income.

“I am driven by the simple desire to do anything I can to help the thousands of Libyans that are suffering every day,” said Dr. Heshaam Fallah, a Libyan-American physician with Kaiser Permanente in Oakland, CA and primary coordinator of MedShare’s four aid shipments to Libya.

The aid shipment ceremony offers a TV and photo opportunity for the media as MedShare celebrates the impact of their mission through the formal send-off of its 700th shipment of medical supplies and equipment.  The event is scheduled for Friday, September 2 at 9:30 a.m. at MedShare located at 2937 Alvarado St, San Leandro, Calif.

Tuesday Thanks: A Letter from Mully Children’s Family’s Founder & CEO

Mully Children's Family

On August 12, we shipped a container of almost 20,000 lbs of medical supplies and equipment to Mully Children’s Family in Kenya. The non-profit Christian organization cares for hundreds of homeless Kenyan children and also hosts monthly medical mission teams of doctors and nurses who need better supplies and equipment for their important humanitarian work.

We received the following words from Dr. Mulli, Founder and CEO of Mully Children’s Family, yesterday, and we wanted to share them with our supporters.

Dear Friends,

How honored and humbled I am to witness what the Lord is dong through each one of you. As I read your email, I was overcome with excitement at the thought of having our clinic improve its ability to care for the over 2,100 children in MCF as well as hundreds of staff and thousands of needy community members. Thank you for being part of this change that will help us save lives.

On behalf of the entire MCF fraternity, please accept our sincere thanks for what each of you has contributed to make this happen. It is my hope that one day we will welcome you to MCF so that you may witness first hand how your efforts are impacting lives.

Wishing you blessings.

Yours sincerely,

Thanks again to two of our incredible sponsors, US-based healthcare supply chain corporation MedAssets and UPS, for covering the cost of this container and its shipping.

MedShare Ships Container to Mully’s Children’s Family in Kenya


This morning, staff and volunteers from MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center in Decatur, GA gathered together to celebrate the send-off of a 40-foot container of medical humanitarian aid shipment for Kenya.  This project was generously sponsored by the US-based healthcare supply chain corporation MedAssets, and UPS provided shipping of the container from MedShare’s dock all the way to the beneficiary’s door in Nairobi.

MedShare staff, and Kimberly Clark retirees, nurses at Atlanta Medical Center and Kennestone, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, and regular volunteer

The beneficiary is the Mully Children’s Family,  a non-profit Christian organization that cares for hundreds of homeless Kenyan children and also hosts monthly medical mission teams of doctors and nurses who need better supplies and equipment for their important humanitarian work.

MedShare's warehouse staff loading the container

The container shipped today is carrying almost 20,000 lbs of medical supplies and equipment, including :

  • an ultrasound machine
  • brand-new operating lights
  • bandages
  • sheets
  • gauze pads
  • and much more!

Thank you to MedAssets, UPS, and all others who contributed to making this project a reality!