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An Update from CEO & President, Charles Redding

What does it mean to improve lives?

 

I read an article recently where Rob Henry, a senior public health adviser with USAID’s Neglected Tropical Disease program, said something that really struck me: “It’s one thing to say you’re out there saving lives but it’s another thing to talk about how do you improve lives. How do you improve things to enable people to be able to make a living for themselves, for kids to be able to go to school, for people to be able to take care of their farms.” It made me think about our mission and how important it is for us to keep quality of life at the center of our work.

We have already begun to receive letters, photos, and stories from the communities we’ve served so far this year. What I love seeing in this feedback is how clearly it reflects our mission. MedShare works every day to improve the quality of life of people and our planet. We are glad to donate supplies that save lives, but our real passion comes from knowing the ways we have improved the lives we impact.

We received a note from one of the clinics we equip in California. Doctors at RotaCare in San Leandro told us that, thanks to syringes donated by MedShare, they were able to administer vaccines to low-income children who need them in order to be enrolled in school. Two of those children were refugees who had just left Syria with their father. While a vaccination might seem like a routine medical procedure for many of us, for this father it meant so much more. It meant that his children could begin school, that they could start assimilating to their community, and that his family could finally start their new, safe, and healthy life in the United States. A simple syringe in the hands of a caring doctor made all the difference for this family, and MedShare is proud to have played a part.

But our supplies don’t just improve the lives of the patients we serve, they make an impact on the healthcare professionals we equip as well.

We recently heard from doctors at Cang Long General Hospital in Vietnam. Dr. Nguyen Thi Hong Diem told us that her team of obstetricians was using an old wooden cone placed on pregnant women’s bellies to detect fetal heartbeats and to try and identify prenatal abnormalities. It was an inaccurate process and left many expectant mothers without a proper diagnosis. When they received a brand new fetal doppler from MedShare they were finally able to accurately diagnose prenatal illnesses and save more babies’ lives. This piece of equipment was not just a medical tool for Dr. Nguyen, it was a lifesaver for her patients and their children. It allowed her to heal to the best of her ability and go home each day knowing that she had done everything she could for the mothers in her care.

These are only two stories out of hundreds that reflect our deeply personal mission to improve the quality of life of people and our planet. As we move forward into 2017, MedShare will continue to address healthcare disparities and access to quality healthcare at home and abroad. It is not enough just to survive, but everyone should have an opportunity to thrive.

 

Yours in Service,

Charles Redding

CEO & President

 

Maternal Doctor in Vietnam

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Testimonials

“When you give your money away to MedShare you are giving hope, you are giving life.”

Dikembe Mutombo NBA Hall of Fame Member and Founder of the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

“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