MedShare Ships 1st of 3 Containers to the Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo: Container Destination

On Monday, July 18,  a 40-foot container full of medical humanitarian aid for the Democratic Republic of Congo was shipped out of MedShare’s Southeast Distribution Center in Decatur, Georgia.  The 1,200+ pieces of medical supplies and equipment were selected by representatives of the Congolese Ministry of Health and will be going to a 260-bed medical facility in Kinshasa called Clinique Kinoise, which serves the poor.

Some of the items on the container include:

  • bandages
  • catheters
  • cervical collars
  • gauze
  • tracheotomy tubes
  • pulse oximeters
  • an electrosurgical unit
  • an oxygen concentrator
  • four electric beds.

This is the first of a series of three container shipments to through the Democratic Republic of Congo Ministry of Health.  The remaining two are scheduled to leave in August.

Thanks to all who contributed to make this project a reality!

MedShare Ships Medical Supplies & Equipment to Libya

Libya

On Monday, July 18, a 40-foot container carrying medical supplies and equipment for emergency relief in Libya was shipped out of MedShare’s Southeastern Regional Distribution Center in Decatur, Georgia.  This is the second such project generously sponsored by the HOPE International Relief and Development Agency, a non-profit that has set up a special Libyan Relief Fund with the objective of providing emergency aid to Libyan peoples facing violence and medical and food supply shortages.

Boxes containing the 13,000+ donated supplies

The container shipped is carrying over 10,000 lbs of medical supplies and equipment which were hand-selected by Dr. Heshaam Fallah of the California-based organization American Libyan Medical Relief, which facilitated the project.  Included among the 13,000-plus donated items are: ambu bags, bandage rolls, blood vacutainers, urinary catheters, surgical drapes, exam gloves, an OR ceiling light, an electrosurgical unit, a ventilator, and an oxygen concentrator.

Container shipment bound for Libya

The Tunisian Red Crescent is receiving the donated cargo in Tunisia and will handle delivery to the Zintan and Nalut General Hospitals in Western Libya. These hospitals are treating hundreds of victims of the violence and armed combat occurring in Libya now.

Please view these links for information about the humanitarian crisis in Libya:

Thanks to all who contributed to this project!

July 12 Peace Corps Information Session at MedShare

Are you familiar with the Peace Corps, and interested in learning more about volunteering for their organization? On July 12, we’ll be hosting an information session on learning what it takes to become a Peace Corps Volunteer at our Southeast Region Distribution Center.


Learn What it Takes to Become a Peace Corps Volunteer

Peace Corps has assignments around the globe for graduates interested in international service. Attend our next GlobeTalk info session and learn how Peace Corps offers an exceptional opportunity to put your education, experience and abilities to work in an overseas community. Peace Corps Recruiter Becky Ament will talk about her experience as a Health Volunteer in Malawi. MedShare representative, Stephanie Greene, will also share her experiences as a former Peace Corps Volunteer and provide information about MedShare.

Agenda

• Peace Corps Recruiter Becky Ament shares her overseas story

• DVD featuring Volunteers currently serving in the Peace Corps

• How to apply and how to be more competitive

• Updated details about our all-expenses-paid benefits package PLUS graduate school fellowships

• Open discussion and questions from the audience

Bring your friends/family and your questions! For more information, contact Becky Ament at rament@peacecorps.gov.

GlobeTalk Information Session

Tuesday, July 12th

6:00 – 7:30pm

MedShare

3240 Clifton Springs Rd

Decatur, GA 30034

Our organization has ties to the Peace Corps (we provided one of their teams in Ghana medical supplies and our Financial Director, Stephanie Green, is a Return Peace Corps Volunteer), and we’re excited to host this event!

Report: MedShare International on Hospitalito Atitlan’s Blog

MedShare staff Josh Kravitz, Amanda Paniagua and Terry Monday traveled to Guatemala last week to visit various recipient hospitals, one of which was Hospitalito Atitlan. The hospital posted the following photo and text on their blog, and we wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

(L to R) Bonnie O'Neill, Terry Monday, Amanda Paniagua and Josh Kravitz

When Bonnie O’Neill, Chair of Amigos Hospitalito Atitlán lived in Atlanta, she was instrumental in founding MedShare. MedShare collects and sorts medical equipment and supplies and then finds donors to help with the costs of shipping full containers to hospitals in developing countries. A year ago Hospitalito Atitlán received it’s first Medshare container. This week, Bonnie brought MedShare administrators to visit the Hospitalito. Terry Monday from Medshare’s Western Region in San Leandro, CA and Amanda Paniagua and Josh Kravitz  from their headquarters in Atlanta, GA.

It was great to finally meet the MedShare people we have been working with. Thank you for the visit and all the excellent quality medical equipment and supplies!

To view photos from their trip, visit our Flickr page here.

MedShare & Emory University’s Family Farm Worker Health Program


Each year, faculty and students from Emory University’s School of Nursing travel to south Georgia as part of their Family Farm Worker Health Program, a two-week intensive immersion learning experience that provides health care to migrant and seasonal farm workers and their families. MedShare is proud to support this program by providing medical supplies to Emory’s team for their trip.*

This morning, nursing students from Emory volunteered at MedShare to sort medical supplies and prepare for their trip. Judith Wold, PhD, RN, Project Director and Visiting Professor, took a moment to share information about their program, upcoming trip, and the important role that MedShare plays in it.

As with all partners, we are grateful for our working relationship with Emory University and Emory Healthcare. From donating medical supplies and equipment to providing volunteers each month, thanks for all that you do to help us achieve our mission of bridging the gap between surplus and need!

Emory University School of Nursing students sort medical supplies

To view more photos of Emory’s nursing students volunteering, click here.

*If you’re not familiar with MedShare’s Medical Team Store, we often equip medical mission teams with supplies for their work in impoverished hospitals and clinics in developing countries. In our 12-year history, we’ve provided supplies for more than 1,500 teams. To learn more, click here.

MedShare Ships Container to Alabama for Tornado Relief

Alabama

On June 1, MedShare’s Southeast Regional Distribution Center shipped out a tractor-trailer of medical supplies for disaster relief in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which was hit hard by a massive tornado system in late April.   At last count the tornado has been blamed for over 238 deaths in Alabama, 41 of which occurred in Tuscaloosa County, according to the most recent report from the State of Alabama Emergency Management Agency.  President Obama declared a State of emergency for Alabama on April 29.  Needless to say, relief supplies are still desperately needed to treat the victims.

Alabama container leaving MedShare

The shipment from MedShare currently on its way to Tuscaloosa is carrying over 750 boxes of medical supplies such as bandages, gauze, exam gloves, iodine, medical tape, syringes, IV sets, medicated alcohol pads, and endotracheal tubes, which were generously donated by our medical product manufacturing donors SciVolutions, Inc. and Covidien.  The supplies will be used by the Alabama Association of Volunteer Fire Departments which is currently providing some of the only medical care to the tornado victims in Tuscaloosa.  Ten of the AAVFD’s 16 medical stations were destroyed in the storm.

Special thanks to Kim Burgo at Catholic Health Charities for facilitating this project!

July 12th Peace Corps Information Session at MedShare

Are you familiar with the Peace Corps, and interested in learning more about volunteering for their organization? On July 12, we’ll be hosting an information session on learning what it takes to become a Peace Corps Volunteer at our Southeast Region Distribution Center.


Learn What it Takes to Become a Peace Corps Volunteer

Peace Corps has assignments around the globe for graduates interested in international service. Attend our next GlobeTalk info session and learn how Peace Corps offers an exceptional opportunity to put your education, experience and abilities to work in an overseas community. Peace Corps Recruiter Becky Ament will talk about her experience as a Health Volunteer in Malawi. MedShare representative, Stephanie Greene, will also share her experiences as a former Peace Corps Volunteer and provide information about MedShare.

Agenda

• Peace Corps Recruiter Becky Ament shares her overseas story

• DVD featuring Volunteers currently serving in the Peace Corps

• How to apply and how to be more competitive

• Updated details about our all-expenses-paid benefits package PLUS graduate school fellowships

• Open discussion and questions from the audience

Bring your friends/family and your questions! For more information, contact Becky Ament at rament@peacecorps.gov.

GlobeTalk Information Session

Tuesday, July 12th

6:00 – 7:30pm

MedShare

3240 Clifton Springs Rd

Decatur, GA 30034

Our organization has ties to the Peace Corps (we provided one of their teams in Ghana medical supplies and our Financial Director, Stephanie Green, is a Return Peace Corps Volunteer), and we’re excited to host this event!