News Release: University News
Jan. 15, 2010
Emory Faculty, Staff and Students Sort Medical Supplies for Haiti
More than 150 Emory University faculty, staff and students, as well as Emory Healthcare staff, will volunteer this weekend with Atlanta-based MedShare, sorting thousands of medical supplies that will be shipped to medical personnel on the ground in Haiti.
The university volunteers represent Emory and Oxford Colleges as well as Emory's Goizueta Business School, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health and School of Medicine.
To respond to the immediate need for medical supplies, MedShare is sending on Friday a 40-foot container of medical supplies in partnership with World Help. These medical supplies will be distributed at a medical triage stationed near the Port-au-Prince airport.
Also on Friday, MedShare is using a donated private plane to ship 55 boxes of requested medical supplies with a team of eight doctors from International Medical Alliance (IMA) to the Dominican Republic. The IMA team will travel to a 110-bed hospital on the Haitian border where 1,800 patients await medical treatment.
In addition to volunteering to sort supplies for MedShare, Emory's nursing school students are raising money to send a "pallet of hope" - 50 boxes of medical supplies.
According to MedShare, in catastrophes of this degree, the greatest medical needs are basic first aid supplies, sutures, oxygen masks, surgical steel instruments like dressing and trauma scissors, as well as, orthopedic equipment such as splints and backboards. MedShare is actively assessing their inventory of these items and sending requests to medical companies for immediate supply donations.
To donate or learn more about MedShare's relief efforts in Haiti, visit www.medshare.org.