MedShare Ships Five Containers in Final Days of August

Here at MedShare, we’ve been busy bees preparing and sending off shipments! In fact, in the last few days of August, we sent 5 containers out. This is amazing in terms of staff efficiency, especially when compared to the fact that in 1999, we shipped only one container the whole year! Even more incredible, of course, is the impact it will have in recipient countries.

Read along to find out where these containers were shipped…

1. Ghana

Volunteers listen as Mme. Nell Diallo speaks about the region of Kumasi, Ghana

  • Ship date: August 24 2011
  • MedShare Distribution Center: Southeast
  • Recipient Country: Ghana
  • Recipient: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, Kumasi
  • Total Pieces: 1,071
  • Total Weight: 12,696 lbs
  • Items of interest: electric beds, bandaids, surgical drapes, tissue forceps, ventilator, OR celiing light, spinal needles

2. Ecuador

  • Ship date: August 25, 2011
  • MedShare Distribution Center: Southeast
  • Recipient Country: Ecuador
  • Recipient: Municipio de Limon-Indanza
  • Total Pieces: 1,038
  • Total Weight: 12,698 lbs
  • Items of interest: surgical towels, insuline syringes, P.E.T. carts, pulse oximeters, iodine, patient beds

3. Libya

Container preparing to leave our warehouse

  • Ship date: August 26, 2011
  • MedShare Distribution Center: Southeast
  • Recipient Country: Libya
  • Recipient: Libyan Red Crescent
  • Sponsor: Hope Relief International
  • Total Pieces: 1,245
  • Total Weight: 10,637 lbs
  • Items of interest: ambu bags, suction catheters, orthopedic surgical instruments, plates, and screws, sphygmomanometers, thoracic draines, bandages, exam table

4. Ethiopia

  • Ship date: August 31, 2011
  • MedShare Distribution Center: West
  • Recipient Country: Ethiopia
  • Recipient: Nejo Hospital
  • Total Pieces: 962
  • Total Weight: 10,110 lbs
  • Items of interest: ostomy kit, ortho screws and plates, surgical masks, IV extension sets, stretcher, suction pumps, Microscope
  • More information: http://www.medshare.org/media/news/146

5. Guatemala

  • Ship date: August 31, 2011
  • MedShare Distribution Center: Southeast
  • Recipient Country: Guatemala
  • Recipient: Hospital Materno Infantil Juan Pablo II
  • Sponsor: Kimberly-Clark
  • Total Pieces: 1,387
  • Total Weight: 15,342 lbs
  • Items of interest: nasal cannulas, urinary catheters, ventilator, feeding tubes, gloves, nebulizers, OR light

To view all MedShare shipments, click here.

MedShare Southeast’s Rookie of the Year Volunteer Award: Rona Gilchrist

On Friday, September 2, 2011, Meridith Rentz, MedShare’s CEO, awarded Rona Gilchrist with our Rookie of the Year Volunteer Award.

MedShare CEO Meridith Rentz award Rona Gilchrist our Rookie of the Year Volunteer Award

Rona may be a familiar face to those of you who volunteer in our Decatur sort room. She’s contributed an impressive 320+ hours since this January, and has been a tremendous help in the MedTeam store, volunteer programs, and other countless other ways at MedShare. There aren’t enough words to express how grateful we are to our volunteers; without their incredible dedication to our mission, we wouldn’t be able to achieve our mission of bridging the gap between surplus and need. To all of you – thank you!

Congratulations, Rona, and thanks for your wonderful support! Please join us in congratulating her in the comments section below…

If you’re interested in signing up for a volunteer session in either our Decatur or Bay Area facility, please click here.

MedShare and Backyard Bash on 11Alive

Earlier this week, we told you about Backyard Bash, an event on September 22nd at Buckhead Church that will benefit eight charities in Atlanta.

11Alive featured Backyard Bash and MedShare during a special part of their morning news, Mugs in the Morning, and we wanted to share the video with you. Click here to view.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.backyardbash2011.org. Tickets are $50 per person.

September 22, 2011
7:30 pm
Buckhead Church
Atlanta, GA

*When purchasing, please note that you heard about the event through MedShare.

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

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!