MedShare and UPS Foundation Ship Container of Medical Relief to Pakistan

Pakistan

On Monday, May 2, 2011, a 40-foot container carrying medical relief aid for Pakistan was shipped from MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center in Decatur, Georgia.

Over 9,000 lbs of medical supplies and equipment we included on the container, including:

  • ambu bags
  • emergency airways
  • bandages
  • surgical packs and instruments
  • needles
  • syringes
  • endotracheal tubes
  • blood pressure monitors
  • laryngoscopes
  • sphygmomanometers
  • an electrosurgical unit
  • a ventilator
  • and much more!

These donated items will be distributed by the NGO International Relief And Development (IRD) to local health facilities  in the flood-affected districts of Punjab Province.  According to www.pakistanfloodresponse.com, “Pakistan’s current flood zone is an area the size of England. The waters stretch the distance from St. Louis to New Orleans, and the disaster currently affects 20.4 million people: more than the combined number of people affected by the 2004 tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.”

MedShare is proud to support IRD’s flood relief efforts on the ground in Pakistan with this shipment of medical supplies and equipment. Our sincere thanks to the UPS Foundation for sponsoring this humanitarian project.

MedShare Ships Container to Afghanistan

Afghanistan

On Wednesday, March 23, 2011, MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center in Decatur, Georgia loaded and shipped out a 40 foot container of medical humanitarian aid destined for Afghanistan.  The container, sponsored by EMERGENCY USA – Life Support for Civilian Victims of War and Poverty, is expected to arrive in the port of Karachi, Pakistan in mid-May, clear customs shortly after that and then be transported to its final destination at the EMERGENCY Surgical Centre for War Victims in Afghanistan. The shipment was generously sponsored by EMERGENCY USA, the US based partner organization of EMERGENCY Int’l.

EMERGENCY is an independent NGO that operates hospitals and rehabilitation centers in seven poverty-stricken countries around the world.  EMERGENCY hospitals employ local staff and offer free surgical services to the poor. Injuries caused by bullets, shells, mines, and other weapons of war are some of the most frequent medical problems seen at these hospitals.

They are four medical facilities in Afghanistan which will receive medical supplies from the MedShare container:

  • 95-bed surgical center in Kabul
  • 10-bed surgical center in Lashkar-gah
  • 70-bed general medical center in Anabah
  • 25-bed maternity centre in Anabah

EMERGENCY USA in coordination with the local EMERGENCY procurement officers were able to select over 1,400 individual boxes of medical supplies for the container from MedShare’s online inventory to be shipped on the container.  Included in these are:

  • gauze
  • elastic bandages
  • urinary catheters
  • crutches
  • adult diapers
  • surgical gloves
  • germicidal wipes
  • oxygen masks
  • syringes
  • an ultrasound machine with two probes

In a country with some of the worst health statistics in the world, where about 20% of children die before their 5th birthday and only about 1 in 4 people have access to clean water, these medical supplies will hopefully make an impact in supporting EMERGENCY’s noble efforts.

Many thanks to EMERGENCY USA, Todd Barnett, Emanuele Nannini, and all others who contributed to making this project a reality!

To view photos of the shipment, view our post from yesterday.