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An Update from CEO & President, Charles Redding

“He who has health, has hope. He who has hope, has everything.” ~ Arabian Proverb

 

Greetings Friends and Supporters of MedShare,

 

It seems hard to believe that it has been 2 years and 3 months since I became CEO & President of this great organization. I would like to take this opportunity to bring everyone up to speed with what has transpired during that time period and share my vision for the future.

 

What’s new?

Let me start by thanking all of you that have continued to support our mission and worked with us to bring healing and hope to many impoverished areas at home and abroad. There is no doubt that MedShare has created a better tomorrow for many communities by “Bridging the gap between surplus and need.”

As an organization we have worked very hard to get clarity on our overall Intended Impact and Theory of Change. This has resulted in in a more refined mission statement – “Improving the quality of life of people, communities and our planet”, which speaks more to our intended impact (outcomes) rather than just how (outputs) we would like to achieve our goals. This is also evident in our new logo which was introduced in 2015. The top of the logo includes longitude and latitude lines alluding to the earth, as well as the connectivity and global reach that MedShare is known for. The bottom section represents a hand, symbolizing the transfer of products, training and the care of people. Also, the color green denotes our continued concern for the environment.

Another key change in our approach has been our focus on strengthening health systems by building capacity. This has required that we establish and align our programs with the health priorities of the communities we serve. Our new program focus include, Maternal/Child Health, Primary Care, Infectious Disease Control & Prevention and Disaster Relief. We also understand that sustainability is key, which led us to establish a Biomedical Equipment Training and Repair Service. The creation of these 4 new programs and 1 service will ensure that MedShare is working in unison with the establish priorities of the Minister of Health and allow us to better measure the impact of our program interventions.

In order to better understand the impact of our programs, we have identified 2 Focus Countries – Liberia and Nicaragua, where we will pilot our programs while monitoring & evaluating the effectiveness and impact of our interventions within two health systems.

We have also updated a number of our internal systems – Warehouse Management System, Website and Donor Management System, that will allow us to better execute our mission.

Yes, we have been busy! All of our efforts have resulted in establishing record highs in people served, technicians/engineers/end-users trained, shipments, medical mission team & safety net clinic support and volunteers. We have also responded to some of the world’s most devastating events including the Ebola Outbreak and catastrophic earthquakes in Nepal and Ecuador. Additionally, you and countless other supporters, have responded and allowed us to exceed our established fundraising goals. But, there is still so much more to be done.

 

Vision for the future…

My desire, with your help, is for MedShare to be recognized as an established International Non-Government Organization and key player in the world of Global Health. This will require the creation of in country offices and monitoring and evaluating the impact of our work. The impact that we are having on communities around the world extends far beyond a container of supplies and equipment arriving at the port. We must continue to “think beyond the port” and be recognized as a communal participant in addressing ongoing health issues and avoid unintended consequences. I am extremely confident that with your help and continued support, we will make this vision a reality.

 

Yours in Service,

Charles Redding
CEO & President

Charles in Guatemala

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Testimonials

“MedShare is truly a win-win situation.”

 

Dr. William Foege Senior Fellow, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

“The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation’s partnership with MedShare has proved to be one of the most pragmatic, effective and sustainable needs-driven interventions in Africa’s health issues. By innovatively pulling together inventories of medical equipment for needy hospitals in Africa with some of the state-of-the-art equipment that has saved lives in Africa.”

William Asiko President, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation

“Because lives have been changed around the world, many of them in areas with Kimberly-Clark operations, we are proud to continue our support of this outstanding organization’s mission.”

Beverly Yearack Kimberly-Clark Corporation

“More than a shipping entity, MedShare evaluates each donation… Support like this answers crying medical needs.”

 

John T. Fox President and CEO, Emory Healthcare

“We know that we can rely on MedShare to get our much needed healthcare products to underserved populations throughout the world with great efficiency and care.”

 

Teresa Hacunda Director of Civic Affairs, Covidien 

“This is in appreciation of the fifty hospital beds your outfit donated to Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital. Your offer has gone a long way to improve hospital bed situation and hope that more of such laudable offers may come to improve the quality of service being delivered to our clients.”

Joseph Gyimah Ghana Health Service

“I came as a volunteer with my company and I had a life changing experience. I think it is awesome that MedShare provides medical supplies to developing countries across the globe. I plan to go back and volunteer as an individual. Sorting medical supplies and putting boxes together is a great work out and it is a pretty neat way to learn about the hospital and medical supplies. The volunteer team at MedShare is great in helping you figure out which items go in which pile. I encourage other companies to get their employees out there to volunteer. Volunteering as a team is a great team building activity and it very rewarding to see the effect on the lives of people around the world.”

Moji G. Volunteer

“Our longstanding relationship with MedShare International has been an ideal way to help make a positive impact on families around the world. The medical supplies donated through our partnership have a profound impact on several hospitals as many don’t have the means to meet the needs of their patients. MedShare’s mission is near and dear to the hearts of our employees as their own families are treated at these hospitals and they are proud that Kimberly-Clark is able to help make a difference. Supporting causes like this helps us carry out our mission to support communities where we live and work. “

Jenny Lewis Vice-President, Kimberly-Clark Foundation

“The traditional method of filling a container according to what the shipper ‘thinks’ is needed has been made obsolete with your online shopping system. I consider you to be our premier shipping organization. “

David Bell CURE International's Procurement and Inventory Manager