Sorting Medical Supplies to Improve Global Health

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MedShare

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MedShare collects surplus medical supplies from local hospitals and distributes them to hospitals in developing countries as well as Bay Area free clinics that treat low income and uninsured members of our community. Volunteers improve the quality of life of people and our planet by helping to sort, identify, and package critical medical supplies that will be shipped to communities in need around the world.

Our 3-hour volunteer sessions take place at MedShare in San Leandro (2937 Alvarado Street, San Leandro, CA 94577) and are Tuesdays 9am-12pm and 1pm - 4pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9am-12pm and Saturdays from 9am-12pm and 1-4pm.

To sign up to volunteer please go to https://www.medshare.org/volunteer-san-leandro/

For additional questions, please contact the Volunteer Program with more questions: volunteercalifornia@medshare.org or 510-567-7070

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About MedShare

Location:

2937 Alvarado St., San Leandro, CA 94577, US

Mission Statement

Delivering Health and Hope to the World. MedShare, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, provides vital medical supplies and equipment to clinics in our local community and to economically developing countries. We recycle unneeded surplus from local hospitals. Shipments go to qualified health care facilities providing care to the underserved. This process offers U.S. health care providers an environmentally and socially responsible alternative to throwing away medical materials.

Description

Each year, millions of people in economically developing countries, and in our own communities, go without proper medical care due to a lack of medical resources. Because of this, many injuries and diseases that should not be life threatening, or even serious, cause death, disability and suffering.

At the same time, the U.S. health care system discards over $6.5 billion worth of medical supplies and equipment each year because of procedural excess, regulatory requirements or production overages. A large portion of these items could be used to save lives. However, the vast majority of this surplus, more than two million tons of medical products, goes into landfills or is incinerated.

Environment
Health & Medicine
International

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

2937 Alvarado St.San Leandro, CA 94577

(37.70689,-122.15379)
 

SKILLS

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 10
  • 3 Hours
  • 10-13 year-olds must be supervised by an adult.

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