October 11, 2016
by Oral Health
MedShare, an international humanitarian aid organization, began disaster response preparation after Hurricane Matthew hit ground in Haiti last Tuesday. The organization has a long history with healthcare facilities in the region and has sent more than 120 shipments of medical supplies to Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, and The Bahamas in the past. MedShare CEO & President, Charles Redding, stated “MedShare is dedicated to the health and safety of our global community, especially during times of crisis. As our friends in Caribbean countries experience the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, we want them to know that we are responding quickly and effectively to send medical supplies to help them through the storm and to rebuild after it has passed.” The Atlanta Hawks staff will volunteer at MedShare to sort and box supplies for the countries affected by Hurricane Matthew. “Our employees understand the importance of ‘building bridges to the community through basketball’ and felt MedShare was a great partner in helping us to serve those in need,” said Andrea Carter, Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. “We are even more grateful that our efforts will assist a global community devastated by Hurricane Matthew and in need of immediate help.”
Henry Schein, Inc., the world’s largest provider of healthcare products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners, became the Fund’s first corporate sponsor with a $25,000 donation. The company’s donation enables MedShare to procure, pack, and ship supplies in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. This shipment is being prepared and will be deployed to the Caribbean region as soon as possible. MedShare has reached out to healthcare posts in the affected areas to determine what supplies are needed most. The organization utilizes a direct ordering system to ensure that healthcare facilities receive exactly the supplies they need. Disaster relief efforts have been mobilized in all three of the organization’s locations in Atlanta, New York, and San Francisco. MedShare is raising funds for its ongoing response.
MedShare is a 501c(3) humanitarian aid organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities, and our planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world. For more information, please visit the organization’s website at www.medshare.org.