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November 7, 2017 > MedShare provides medical supplies where most needed

MedShare provides medical supplies where most needed

By Pat Kite

Once upon a time, unused medical equipment was thrown onto the trash pile. At the same time, hospitals in developing countries were using, and reusing, surgical gloves to hold intravenous fluids during surgery. What changed? In 1998, MedShare began rescuing new, usable, medical equipment from its fate as garbage and transporting it to countries that had minimal medical equipment.

MedShare serves one hundred countries, including Ethiopia, Philippines, Syria, Mexico, Lesotho, South Asia, as well as recent hurricane sites such as Puerto Rico. All is funded by donations. The successful program recently opened a warehouse in San Leandro. We have thousands of local volunteers who help sort medical donations.

Hospitals in need send MedShare a detailed list of what is needed. Frequently requested items include wheelchairs, crutches, birthing kits, surgical gloves, gauze, bandages, surgical drapes, urinary catheters, cleansing products, gloves, laboratory equipment, scalpels, and more. Volunteers sort, count, pack the supplies. About once a month, a huge transport truck pulls up at our loading dock and gets loaded to the brim. After passing through customs at the various destination countries, much-needed supplies will wend their way over muddy, rocky, and sometimes barely discernible roadways. Most importantly, the shipments help save lives.

Join MedShare as we improve the quality of life for people and our planet! When you volunteer with MedShare, you know that you are making a difference in the lives of patients around the world. Help us prepare medical supplies for delivery to underserved communities in 100 countries. In just three hours, youÕll touch the lives of hundreds of individuals in need of medical care, whether theyÕre on the other side of the world or just across the street!

Wesley Hardin, MedShare volunteer says, ÒI feel that anyone wanting to better the world would have a great time knowing that what they do actually helps someone in need.Ó

ÒThe next person to touch these gloves,Ó says MedShare volunteer Tushar Patel, Òwill be across the Earth. To do something so simple but make a big impact on the world and someone elseÕs life is a service.Ó

ÒI was told some people donated these items to the hospital,Ó says Natomaring Saidy, a Gambian mother who received MedShare supplies. ÒI do not know who they are, but I want to thank them for the help they have given us.Ó

To sign up for a volunteer session, visit and join our volunteer corps of more than 22,000 local humanitarians!

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