When the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global health emergency, MedShare responded immediately by partnering with The UPS Foundation to send a shipment of procedural masks to hospitals in Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak. With additional support from partners, including The Coca-Cola Foundation and Herbalife Nutrition Foundation, we sent two subsequent shipments of procedural masks and isolation gowns to Wuhan and Shanghai.
As the pandemic arrived in the U.S., we quickly pivoted to focus our efforts on supporting hospitals, community clinics, and other nonprofit organizations in Georgia, California, and the New York metropolitan area with PPE and other essential supplies and equipment. Many organizations struggled to procure the supplies that they needed as global demand spiked. MedShare was able to utilize pre-positioned PPE to address the most immediate needs so that health care professionals had the protection they needed to safely treat patients. In total, we donated 5.6 million units of PPE to more than 240 health care organizations in the U.S. and around the world to support the fight against COVID-19.
Partnering with the Preston-Werner Foundation to support the need for health care supplies in developing countries during the COVID-19 outbreak, MedShare provided 40,000-unit shipments of PPE and other critical supplies to eight existing Preston-Werner Foundation partners. Supplies were sent to Muso in Mali, Integrate Health in Togo, Last Mile Health in Liberia, VillageReach in Malawi, Pivot in Madagascar, Lwala Community Alliance in Kenya, Living Goods in Uganda, and Partners in Health in Lesotho.