Thursday, July 08, 2010
According to Healthcare Without Harm, U.S. hospitals generate more than two million tons of medical waste each year. Much of that waste is unused medical supplies and equipment. While in the developing world, World Health Organization estimates that more than 10 million children under the age of five die due to inadequate medical care.
So what can be done?
MedShare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of the surplus of medical supplies and equipment to those most in need. We collect surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, medical distribution companies and individuals, and then redistribute them to qualified healthcare facilities in the developing world. We also outfit medical missions and safety net clinics in both the U.S. and abroad.
The MedShare Bridge
Step 1Gathering supplies:
Gathered more than $70 million worth of life-saving medical supplies and equipment.
Recieved medical products from hundreds of hospitals and corporations
Collected over 10,000 pieces of equipment.
Step 2Matching needs:
Sorted more than 2,200 tons of medical supplies.
Provided approximately 1,000 different items per shipment.
Built volunteer corps exceeding 700 per month.
Step 3Improving healthcare and the environment:
Shipped more than 550 forty-foot containers to 80 countries.
Saved in excess of 1 million cubic feet from area landfills
Provided medical supplies for over 1,000 medical mission teams
Our shipments of medical supplies and equipment have decreased our carbon footprint and brought healing and the promise of better lives to 80 countries and countless patients.