A look back: MedShare’s Visit to Guatemala

Earlier this year, MedShare’s Josh Kravitz (Chief Operating Officer), Amanda Paniagua (Shipments Manager), and Terry Monday (Volunteer Manager for MedShare’s Western Region) visited Guatemala.

MedShare's Josh Kravitz, Amanda Paniagua and Terry Monday with hospital staff in Antigua, Guatemala

Why did they visit? “Our mission on this trip was to dive into the Guatemalan medical community to learn just who will be our best partner hospitals over the next year or two and truly understand their unique needs,” said Josh Kravitz, COO. “Without a doubt, we prepared to leave this wonderful country with a better understanding that will lead to even higher quality medical aid shipments.”

To learn more, we invite you to read Josh and Amanda’s accounts of their trip. Which of our recipient countries would you like to travel to?

Food for Thought: Hospital Pricing in Kenya

Last week, Barbara Bonar toured MedShare’s Western Region. Barbara represents Miranga Hospital in Kenya, a potential container recipient.

The photo below was taken at Miranga Hospital, and is one that Barbara shared with us. Take a look:

Pricing Structure at Miranga Hospital, Kenya

In 2007, the cost of an average birth in America was $8,800. Compare that to the pricing in the photo… Quite a discrepancy, no? This pricing structure is representative of the healthcare situation in many parts of Africa. It’s a stretch for many to be able to afford even these prices, so it’s vital that costs remain low.

This is where MedShare comes in, and why we’re proud to support hospitals like these. Our service of providing low-cost containers of medical supplies and equipment enables these hospitals to operate at a minimal cost and provide care to those in the world’s neediest countries.

What do you think about this? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Ecuador Receives Container of Medical Supplies

On April 5th, MedShare’s Western Regional Distribution Center shipped a 40-foot container with hundreds of medical supplies destined for Canton Gonzalo Pizarro, Ecuador.

Dole Ocean Cargo Express generously donated the shipping of this container to the Ecuadorian port, including the tractor-trailer container. Below is a photo of the container before it left our warehouse in San Leandro, CA.

MedShare’s Western Region team with the container before it left for Ecuador

We’re happy to report that the container arrived in Ecuador the week of May 9. The hospital recipient sent photos of the container being unloaded, and we wanted to share these as they illustrate the full circle of MedShare’s work. See below…

Container being unloaded in Ecuador

Unloading boxes

Blue skies and a full container!

Dole container in Ecuador

Ecuadorians with the unloaded Dole container

These photos show the folks on both the giving and receiving end of MedShare’s work.  Thanks again to Dole Ocean Cargo Express for providing the container and shipping, and to everyone else for their hard work in making this happen!

MedShare Ships Container to Ecuador

Ecuador

On April 5th, MedShare’s Western Regional Distribution Center loaded and shipped out another 40-foot container with hundreds of medical supplies destined for Canton Gonzalo Pizarro, Ecuador.

The Canton is located in the Amazonian province of Sucumbios, where medical supplies and trained healthcare practitioners are scarce resources to be found.  The items sent will be put to use at the small, 6-bed medical center in the town of Lumbaqui that serves local low-resource families from all over the Canton.

Gonzalo Pizarro clinic

The items shipped from MedShare include:

  • beds
  • catheters
  • cervical collars
  • oxygen masks
  • much more!

MedShare's Western Region team with the container before it left for Ecuador

Thanks to Dole Ocean Cargo Express for donating the shipping of this container to the Ecuadorian port!