Atlanta-based MedShare is partnering with international organizations to distribute medical equipment and supplies to 12 hospitals in Bangladesh.
MedShare, which collects excess supplies from the U.S. and sends them to developing countries, is working with the International Center for Diarrheal Disease and Research, Bangladesh, the humanitarian aid organization AmeriCares and Bangladesh’s Ministry of Health to send $8 million worth of supplies to the country.
MedShare will contribute at least seven shipping containers filled with medical supplies and equipment. The partner organizations will also create a guide on best practices for patient care and treatment.
“Strengthening health care systems to serve those living in extreme poverty is at the heart of MedShare’s mission,” said Meridith Rentz, the organization’s new CEO and president, in a statement.
Ms. Rentz joined Medshare in September, after co-founder A.B. Short retired from his position as CEO. She previously served as the chief operating officer with Points of Light Institute, which focuses on mobilizing people to volunteer in their communities.
The Bangladesh partnership was announced in September in New York during a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together international business leaders and government officials to tackle challenges like poverty, environmental degradation and inadequate health care worldwide.
Ms. Rentz, Mr. Short, who is temporarily staying on as senior adviser to the CEO, and other MedShare staff attended a dinner during the Clinton Global Initiative meeting to celebrate the partnership.
MedShare has shipped medical equipment to 86 countries including Cameroon, Ecuador, El Salvador, Haiti, Sudan and Zimbabwe since 1999.
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