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An Update from CEO & President, Charles Redding

Review Charles Redding’s Annual Letter below and check out his latest Global Health Thought Leadership column here.

Dear Friends,

Fiscal year 2020 served up both challenges and opportunities for the organization as we marshalled all available resources to respond to the global Covid-19 pandemic and played an active role in helping to flatten the curve to allow frontline health workers to care for the unprecedented numbers of patients impacted by this deadly virus.

 

Working together with donors and partners like yourselves, we were able to provide 5.6 million units of PPE to over 240 health care institutions worldwide.  As part of that effort, we provided critically needed face masks, along with other types of PPE including ventilators, gloves, gowns and head coverings, to 4 million health care professionals and patients.  Our efforts were made possible by the outpouring of generosity that we received from supporters that recognized and appreciated our ability to reach the frontline health care providers and those most in need. Over 40%, or $3.1 million, of total funds raised this year were in support of our Covid-19 response.  We were also able to garner significant media attention for our demonstrated impact.

 

Our response to the Covid-19 pandemic along with our other programmatic interventions allowed us to improve the lives of 4.8 million people this year in 61 countries, including the U.S.  This represents close to 3 times the 1.7 million people served the previous year.

 

For the third consecutive year, our fundraising surpassed our goal of $6.3 million, totaling $7.8 million. Although we suspended volunteer activity for several months due to the pandemic, over 16,000 volunteers supported our efforts to bring healing and hope to marginalized communities locally and abroad.

Our incredible staff continues to work tirelessly to expand our reach and increase our impact. Here are a few key accomplishments for the year:

 

  • Served 4.8 million people versus 1.7 million the previous year
  • Provided 5.6 million units of PPE in response to global Covid-19 pandemic to 240 health institutions
  • Provided 2 million units of PPE to 221 health institutions in response to Covid-19 pandemic in U.S. communities
  • Provided $17 million of humanitarian aid to 61 countries, including the U.S.
  • Provided $2 Million in medical supply donations to 372 medical mission teams and 158 safety-net clinic visits to our Primary Care Supply Centers as part of our Primary Care Program
  • Trained 550 Biomedical Engineers/Technicians (locally & internationally) including End-Users
  • Diverted 1.5 million pounds from U.S. landfills.

 

We continue to focus on ensuring efficiencies within operations that will ultimately increase the number of shipments and people we serve.

 

It is truly an honor to serve and I look forward to working to increase our impact on a global scale in FY21. Thank you wholeheartedly for all that you and our other countless supporters do to support MedShare’s mission.

Yours in Service,

Charles Redding

CEO & President

 

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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’s 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