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Bridging the gap between surplus and need


Our Impact in the Philippines




ovember 8, 2013, brought an unrelenting storm to the Philippines, packing wind gusts of more than 200 miles per hour and wave surges of 45 feet. Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms in

history, ripped through the islands, damaging businesses, communities, and health care facilities, taking thousands of Filipino lives. It knocked out power and Photo: Wesleyan University Medical Center, Cabanatuan City, Philippines







transportation to certain remote areas of the country nearly impossible. The hardest hit region of the Philippines was Leyte Island, whose provincial capital of Tacloban with more than 220,000 residents, was completed devastated. Typhoon impact hits MedShare close to home In the days after the typhoon ripped through the Philippines, much of the country was left without the most basic lifelines. The need for assistance was further exacerbated because the islands were still recovering from an October 15th earthquake that left regional

Within weeks after the

healthcare resources stretched thin. The impact of the storm hit close to home for MedShare, as two of our

typhoon hit, Medshare shipped

San Francisco team members have family living in the Philippines. Thankfully,

containers valued at $800,000

good news was received by both that their loved ones survived the typhoon.

to devastated areas.

This personal connection made the MedShare mission to help those most in need even more critical as we organized to provide relief to the Philippines.




MedShare containers with supplies shipped to several hospitals As humanitarian aid began arriving in Tacloban and other locales in the immediate aftermath of the typhoon, MedShare was among the nonprofit health care organizations providing assistance to the victims and laying the groundwork for long term relief. Within weeks after the typhoon hit, MedShare shipped five 40-foot disaster relief containers valued at just over $800,000 to healthcare facilities, namely the Provincial Government of Cebu; Missionaries of the Poor; Foundation of Our Lady of Peace; Iloilo Provincial Hospital; and ORMOC District Hospital.

MedShare in the Philippines

MedShare will ship another eight containers to the Philippines over the next several months to hospitals and clinics in communities working to rebuild their

Over $350,000 raised to ship containers of medical aid to the Philippines and equip medical mission teams.

medical infrastructure. We greatly appreciate APL, the world’s seventh largest ocean carrier, for providing

25 medical mission teams equipped with over 22,000 pounds of medical supplies.

free port-to-port shipping from our Savannah, GA and Oakland, CA ports from December 2013 through

Hospitals in the Philippines served included Provincial Government of Cebu, Iloilo Provincial Hospital, ORMOC District Hospital, Missionaries of the Poor, and Bethany Hospital.

March 2014. Bethany Hospital in Tacloban, one of the hospitals that will benefit from a 40 foot container that

COUNTLESS patients in need served.

MedShare has shipped, was featured in a January 2014 episode of the award-winning PBS documentary series, NOVA. The hospital’s linens were ruined in the storm surge and thanks to


Top photo: International Medical Corps



supplies donated from MedAssets, we were able to include a large quantity of hospital sheets, blankets, pillow cases, and washcloths in the container. MedShare supplies key to medical mission teams’ work Within days of the storm, MedShare had equipped numerous medical teams traveling to the Philippines with over 22,000 pounds of high-quality medical supplies from our MedTeam Stores located in Atlanta and San Francisco. Without our hospital surplus recovery program, these essential supplies would have been indiscriminately disposed in local landfills. A few of the teams we equipped included Stop Hunger, Relief International, CURE International, Filipino Nurses Association, Hope Worldwide Philippines, and Hospitals for Humanity (HFH). Photo: International Medical Corps

HFH alone gathered nearly 10,000 pounds of medical supplies and equipment from MedShare to help treat typhoon survivors and continues to inform us

First responders delivered life-saving medical

about how the city of Tacloban and surrounding communities are recovering. After mobilizing volunteer healthcare providers and securing resources from MedShare in Atlanta, the Christian Medical and Dental Association worked

care using supplies

with the Salvation Army in a location 30 miles south of Tacloban and in

provided by MedShare.

communities around Dulag (Duloge). Temporary clinics were set up in school classrooms and churches damaged by the Super Typhoon. Those teams were




able to treat between 50 and 100 patients daily,

MedShare’s donated

providing basic medical and dental care. Nurses

supplies are helping prevent

from the local health department worked

Photo: Christian Medical and Dental Associations

alongside volunteers and provided vaccinations

infectious diseases that

to children in need.

often occur after disasters

We appreciate the support of our partners

such as Typhoon Haiyan.

The generous contributions of individuals, our corporate and foundation partners, specifically the Ayuda Foundation, Ventas, North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System, UPS, Med Assets, the Clif Bar Foundation, Gladstone Institutes, and MiMedx helped MedShare ensure that containers were shipped and medical mission teams were swiftly deployed to deliver lifesaving medical care to the survivors of this catastrophic storm. MedShare is appreciative of the more than $350,000 in financial contributions we received for this urgent humanitarian relief effort. We are equally appreciative of the medical and surgical supplies that included exam gloves, masks, suture dressings, wound and surgical care products received from Kimberly Clark, Stryker, Henry Schein, Covidien, and Molnlyke Healthcare. These products help Photo: International Medical Corps



Photo: MedShare


prevent diseases, such as malaria and cholera, that often come after disasters like Typhoon Haiyan. MedShare worked in tandem with nonprofit partner, MAP International, which donated over-the-counter medications and basic first aid supplies to be shipped on the containers we deployed. MAP also contributed an Interagency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK) from the World Health Organization that contains medications to treat 10,000 people for 90 days. MedShare care packages honored Filipino tradition Thanks to the generosity of our financial and product donors, MedShare used a wonderful Filipino tradition as another way to creatively deliver critically needed medical supplies. Balikbayan boxes, or “care packages,” were shipped by individuals in the San Francisco Bay area who have relatives or connections

Individuals in the San Francisco Bay area shipped balikbayan “care” boxes to relatives and medical personnel. in the Philippines.

with medical personnel in the Philippines. Here’s how it worked: Teams brought their requests to MedShare. We gathered the supplies that included everything from basic hygiene to first aid materials to infant and maternity supplies. The box was first delivered to a trusted friend or family member in the Philippines and then transferred to the local medical facility to benefit the community. Members of the San Francisco Bay area community whose family members were directly impacted by the




typhoon responded to the urgent calls for assistance by using this unique system, allowing us to take the care package concept to a whole new level. MedShare is continuing its aid to typhoon survivors The people of the Philippines have a long and challenging road ahead as they struggle to recover from the devastating effects of Super Typhoon Haiyan. “UPS and its partners quickly moved our Global Humanitarian Relief Program to urgent response mode and together have set into motion a multi -faceted relief effort,” said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation. “By donating financial and logistical support to organizations that will provide assistance in the days, weeks and months ahead, we are helping ensure impacted citizens have a reliable, efficient and predictable path back to recovery.” Through the generous contributions to our Urgent Humanitarian Relief Program, MedShare can continue bridging the gap between surplus and need by filling more balikbayan boxes, equipping more medical mission teams, and shipping more forty-foot containers of medical supplies and equipment to this vulnerable region of our world community. 

Photos: International Medical Corps (top), Christian Medical and Dental Associations (bottom)




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“It’s really gratifying to know that my work sorting medical supplies at MedShare here in the U.S. will help families in the Philippines get the quality medical care they need so desperately right now.” - Amy Austin, MedShare volunteer

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