News Release: International

Jan. 14,  2010

Working for Health Around the Globe

News Article ImageEmory Healthcare working with MedShare

From Emory Health Now

Emory faculty, staff and students travel the globe, providing care and establishing partnerships within other countries to address intractable health challenges like tobacco use, diabetes and AIDS.

What they do there helps both individuals and populations, now and for generations to come. What they learn from these experiences has indelible effect on their own lives and on the collective life of Emory as a whole.

For example, working to support global from home in Atlanta, Emory Healthcare has works hard to reduce, reuse and recycle, including working with MedShare International, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the environment and health care through redistribution of surplus medical supplies and equipment to underserved health care facilities in more than 75 developing countries.

Since 2007, Emory Healthcare has collected more than 160,000 pounds of supplies for MedShare, including 21,446 pounds in 2009 alone.

One Saturday each month, Emory Healthcare employees gather at Atlanta’s MedShare national headquarters and Southeastern distribution center, to sort supplies like gloves, gowns, surgical instruments and anesthesia devices and ready them for shipment to needy countries around the world.

These are supplies remaining from bulk packaging that remain in sterile packaging but cannot be restocked, per guidelines in this country. This work helps ensure not only that these supplies go where they can be put to good use but that they stay out of local landfill.

Read more about Emory work around the globe in the Emory Community Benefits Report 2009.

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