MedShare Ships Container to Peru

 

Ayacucho, Peru

On Monday, March 14, MedShare’s Western Regional Distribution Center shipped a 40 foot container filled with donated medical supplies and equipment for Hospital Regional de Ayacucho in Peru.  This donation was generously sponsored by the Kimberly-Clark Foundation and facilitated by the local Kimberly-Clark office in Lima.

MedShare’s Western Regional staff send-off container after loading in San Leandro, California

The hospital is run by the Peruvian Ministry of Health and it is the main referral hospital for the entire Department of Ayacucho.  Located high in the Andes Mountains, the Department of Ayacucho is full of spectacular physical beauty and displays a rich indigenous Quechuan culture, but suffers immense poverty.  The Ministry of Health is unable to equip the hospital with sufficient supplies, personnel, and other resources to care for the thousands of low-income patients that come through every month seeking care.

Patients frequently travel extremely long distances from rural areas to come to the hospital, only to find that they must wait long lines at the medical dispensary where they must purchase their own medical supplies for the physicians to use in their treatment.  See below for some photos of the hospital.

Line of patients outside the hospital

Hospital interior

Patients waiting inside hospital

Patients in hospital hallway

children in the hospital

Hopefully the donations on the MedShare container will ease the burden!  The hospital’s medical team of Peruvian doctors were able to hand-select the supplies from MedShare’s internet-based inventory.

Over 1,000 individual pieces of medical supplies and equipment were shipped, including:

Many thanks to everyone who helped make this shipment possible!