Infectious Disease Control & Prevention

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Infectious Disease Control & Prevention

 

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infectious diseases are a major challenge for human health and the leading cause of death around the world. As these outbreaks continue to increase in size and numbers of people affected globally, MedShare is prepared to respond when intervention is most needed.

Community engagement is the key to successfully controlling communicable disease outbreaks.

The Challenge:

Given the nature, infectious diseases are usually preventable with the use of personal protective equipment, general public health measures or immunologic approaches like vaccination. History has shown that certain infectious diseases, particularly those with global health implications, can be eliminated or contained so treatment is effective.

The Opportunity:

  • To decrease global health disparities by providing basic and critical medical supplies (gloves, masks, shoe covers, etc.) to decrease infectious disease transmission;
  • To increase capacity in local healthcare systems to better detect and prevent communicable disease outbreaks;
  • To strengthen global health systems to identify and prevent infectious disease outbreaks earlier and more effectively;
  • To improve health outcomes for patients affected by transmissible diseases; and
  • To save lives.

Our Strategy:

MedShare’s response to global pandemics is swift and efficient in providing life saving medical supplies and equipment to healthcare workers on the front lines. We work closely with hospital and healthcare partners in developing nations to help them order exactly what they need and then to deliver those items promptly.

As news of communicable diseases occur, MedShare is ready to respond with the timely delivery of medical supplies, personal protective clothing and equipment and biomedical equipment.

By providing essential medical supplies to caregivers of patients with infectious diseases, the transmission rates drastically decrease, and these caregivers can treat more patients successfully.

Did You Know?

  • Infectious diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide for adults under age 60.
  • According to the World Health Organization, in 1997 there were 17.3 million deaths globally due to infectious and parasitic diseases.
  • According to the World Health Organization, in 2014 the leading cause of death from infectious diseases were acute lower respiratory infections (3 million), tuberculosis (1.5 million), diarrhea (1.9 million), HIV/AIDS (1.2 million) and malaria (1/2 million).
  • During the Ebola virus outbreak, MedShare delivered more than 30 shipments of life saving medical products to the impacted countries.
  • During the height of the Ebola virus outbreak, MedShare equipped 20 medical mission teams with over 18,000 pounds of medical supplies, valued at $3.5 million, to various hospitals and clinics where the disease was prevalent.
  • During the Ebola disease pandemic, nearly 157,000 pounds of donated medical supplies were diverted from local landfills.