Western region volunteers see MedShare’s impact first-hand on trip to Tanzania

Our volunteers consistently go above and beyond in their service to MedShare. In the summer of 2013, MedShare’s Western Region volunteers came together to raise over $22,000 to ship a container of much-needed medical supplies to a hospital in Tanzania. But that wasn’t enough. Some volunteers decided to travel to the recipient hospital in Tanzania to volunteer their time and talents on the ground.

In mid-February 2014, Camille Harris, Fran Jursco, and Nancy Menne traveled to Shirati KMT Hospital in Tanzania. MedShare’s 40-foot container was still en route at the time, but they hand-carried additional medical supplies from MedShare’s Western Region Distribution Center as well as specially requested items for the hospital staff.tanzaniamap2During their stay in Shirati, these intrepid volunteers provided meals for patients at the hospital, toured the facility, and got to observe Dr. Chirangi in the operating room. “Fran and I were recognizing all the stuff we sort (at MedShare): bovies, tips, vicryl sutures, drapes, etc. [in the operating room]. Camille decided surgery was not her thing so she folded gauze for future surgeries,” said Nancy. “Even though it appears we will miss the arrival of the container, this has been a very fulfilling trip to see just how desperately our work at Medshare is needed.” The volunteers reported that most of the supply cabinets in the hospital are bare and Dr. Chirangi was already using the supplies they brought with them.

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Above: Fran Jursco serving food to the patients at Shirati Hospital. Photo credit: Nancy Menne

 The group has left Shirati and is now travelling through other parts of Africa.  Nancy writes: We have said goodbye to Tanzania and it was sad to leave. Dr. Chirangi had all his department heads waiting to see us off when we came to say goodbye. Each one of them were so grateful for the work all of the volunteers at MedShare do, for the volunteers putting in the effort and money to ship the container, and for the expense we undertook to travel to Shirati. It was an unbelievable experience, and made me truly understand how much is needed in developing countries where they have no clean water, walk several miles to school each day, no nutritious food at the hospitals or schools, and basically just fight to survive.” 

What an eye-opening experience and incredible testament to the importance and impact of our work at MedShare. Thank you, Nancy, for sharing these insights from your trip. And thank you to all of MedShare’s volunteers and supporters who go above and beyond every day to make our work possible. We are grateful for your dedication to our mission to bridge the gap between the surplus of medical supplies in the United States and the need in hospitals like Shirati KMT Hospital in Tanzania

MedShare container has arrived in Shirati!

Editor’s Note: The 40-foot container with medical supplies and equipment sponsored by MedShare’s Western Region volunteers was shipped from the U.S. west coast in November 2013. It arrived at Shirati KMT Hospital on Monday, March 10! See photos of the arrival below.
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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.

Sincerely,

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.