One month later, a container arrives in the Philippines

On August 23, 2011, we shipped a container out of our Western Region Distribution Center to Candelaria Municipal Hospital in the Philippines.  The container was delivered to Candelaria on September 22, and we received a message from their local Rotary Club. They also included a wonderful set of photos which show the staff and patients who will benefit from the supplies and equipment we sent.

Please take moment to read the letter and glance through the photos below:

Dear MedShare,

 Greetings of peace and joy!  The container van arrived here in Candelaria last Sept.22, 2011.  The delivery truck could not go near the hospital because  the road from the highway going to the hospital is too narrow for it to make a turn at two corners.  So we just have to parked the truck in a gasoline station by the highway not far from the hospital and unloaded it from there in a smaller truck.  Attached are the pictures taken during unloading plus few pictures inside the hospital.

 On behalf of the Rotary Club of Candelaria, we would like to sincerely and profoundly thank you and Mr. Chuck and of course MedShare for all the help you have extended to Candelaria.  I am very sure it will help our community a lot.  Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact me.  God bless.


Arman Lirio
Rotary Club of Candelaria

This is the delivery truck that delivered the container from Manila Seaport to Candalaria Quezon. It arrived in Candalaria early the morning of Sept. 22, 2011.

(L-R) PT Don Sangalang, PP Arman Lirio, PS Ron San Pablo, IPP Ariel Robles, RS Pat Robles, RS Tet Lirio, Millet, PP Jimmy

The contents of the container upon opening. At the center is Ms. Millet Magkawas, Office Administrator of CMH

The container prior to being unloaded.

Great shot!

The container being unloaded.

Group shot!

The smaller transport truck being unloaded.

Another great group shot!

After the delivery truck left, they immediately moved all the boxes inside the storeroom.

Main entrance of the hospital

Emergency room waiting area

Two donated microscopes

Donated wheelchairs

Donated exam table

To view more photos of this container arrival, visit our Flickr album here.

First-Hand Tale: Delivery of a MedShare Container in Nigeria

In April 2010, MedShare shipped a container of medical supplies and equipment to Nigeria. The project was sponsored by “Yinit D. Med-Ventures Inc.,” an organization founded by  Dr. Adeniyi Henry Olowu, which also handled the distribution in Nigeria.

MedShare container unloading in Nigeria

Dr. Olowu’s daughter, a college student, went to Nigeria with him to help with the distribution and wrote an account of her experience that we wanted to share with you:

I had the opportunity to travel to Nigeria this summer, after thirteen long years. It was a wonderful experience, especially seeing relatives that I haven’t seen in over a decade. One of my most memorable moments in Nigeria was when I spent time with my dad distributing medical supplies to local clinics. This is a memory that will stay with me forever, and from it I have taken away many life lessons which I hope to share with others.

Nigeria, along with many other African countries, is in dire need of medical assistance, not so much medical professionals but medical supplies. From my experience in Nigeria, I can strongly state that the majority of the clinics I saw lacked proper supplies and equipment to care for their patients. And at the few that did, their supplies were outdated. This was a major problem that I noticed – lack of technology, and sometimes this can be the determining factor in saving lives. For example, many of these clinics did not have access to a defibrillator and relied mainly on chest pumps with their bare hands to resuscitate patients.  But as we all know, this method is less effective in comparison to the use of a defibrillator. And if more of these machines alone can be introduced to hospitals and clinics, more lives can surely be saved.

I had the privilege of going to a small town outside the capital of Nigeria with my dad, where we were able to distribute medical supplies to the local clinic. The status of the clinic was dreadful and the thought of it being the place that people relied on treatment was even worse. Just like the physical appearance, the attributes were lacking as well. A few bandages and syringes here and there could not treat anything but a simple cut or wound. If someone with a critical medical condition was taken there, they will be helpless because without proper medical supplies there is only little that can be done. With this being said, I can’t even put to words how this community as a whole was very delighted with the resources, supplies and equipment we provided them.

All in all, much gratitude and appreciation was shown to us by all the clinics and hospitals we donated supplies. And with this same gratitude and appreciation that was given to us, I am also extending it to you. I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for providing my father with the opportunity to touch lives and give back to those in need. Without your role all this would not have been possible. I also want to thank you personally for giving me this wonderful experience, it was truly something unforgettable.

After kayaking 2,500 miles to raise money, Conor Flannery’s container arrives in Tanzania

Do you remember Mr. Conor Flannery, MedShare supporter and kayaker-extraordinaire who fundraised $20,000 to sponsor a container by kayaking 2,500 miles from Seattle, Washington to Achorage, Alaska last March? If not, you can read about his project here.

Mrs. Christine Chacha from Shirati Hospital, Tanzania, and Conor Flannery

Conor chose Shirati KMT Designated Hospital in Rorya, Mara, Tanzania as the recipient, and we shipped the container of medical humanitarian aid out of our Western Region Distribution Center in San Leandro, California on June 8.

Late last week, we received word that container arrived. According to our liaison, “The container is in Shirati, the people all exulting.” (Have you ever heard more beautiful words? This is why we work so hard to bridge the gap between surplus and need!)

Below are a few photos of the arrival we wanted to share with you:

Unloading the container

Container in Tanzania

In addition to Conor, we’d like to again thank the Friends of Shirati organization and AISCS for their support in making this shipment possible. AISCS is a local group that helps African immigrants and has various projects with the Shirati Hospital including an improved water system.