ATLANTA, Georgia – Roper St. Francis Healthcare (RSFH), a Charleston, South Carolina based healthcare system, has partnered with MedShare to send humanitarian aid to Plateau Mission Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. The 40-foot container shipped out of MedShare’s Headquarters and Southeast Distribution Center in Decatur, Georgia, on Sept. 15, 2011. This effort is RSFH’s second to improve the Plateau Community, their first being the provision of a safe water system in 2009.
For RSFH’s “Hands Across the Water” project, employees, physicians and volunteers came together to raise more than $27,000. The healthcare system worked with MedShare, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that recovers and redistributes surplus medical supplies to hospitals in developing countries, to send the tractor-trailer size container of medical supplies and equipment to Kenya. The 1,000 boxes of medical supplies, supplemented with biomedical equipment and durable medical goods, will support Plateau Mission Hospital’s capable professionals and strong leadership by enabling them to provide better healthcare to the community it serves.
"Our mission is to heal all people with compassion, faith and excellence," said Mark Dickson, Vice President – Mission, Roper St. Francis Healthcare. "Sometimes that includes families and friends of those we work with, and sometimes it includes people on the other side of the world. We are happy to partner with MedShare to balance the need and share our passion for helping others."
In early 2009, RSFH raised more than $35,000 to provide a safe water system for the Plateau Mission Hospital, Plateau Primary School and Plateau Community in Kenya. The community now receives an average of 5,000 liters a day of clean water for drinking, bathing and cleaning from a sustainable source. The hospital has seen the rate of waterborne illnesses drop dramatically, while absenteeism at the primary school has fallen as well.
“Roper St. Francis Healthcare’s goals are in line with our mission of bridging the gap between surplus and need,” said Meridith Rentz, CEO of MedShare. “It’s inspiring how the RSFH community came together to sponsor this container, and we’re proud to partner with them to send supplies to this medically underserved community in Kenya.”
MedShare has shipped more than $93 million worth of medical supplies and equipment in 715 tractor-trailer size containers to 88 developing countries and territories around the world in its 13-year history. In the process, the organization has saved over 2 million cubic feet of space from landfills, and millions of lives.