MedShare is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities and our planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world. We serve hospitals and clinics in 117 countries and also provide urgently needed supplies and equipment to healthcare professionals and medical volunteers in the U.S.
Plan International USA
Plan International USA, part of the Plan International federation, is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan believes in the power and potential of young people. Working together with children, young people, supporters, and partners, Plan strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
In response to COVID-19, Americares goal is to assist in slowing the spread of the virus, while building the capacity of local health centers to safely provide health services for COVID-19 and continue to meet the ongoing health needs of vulnerable populations in the U.S. and multiple other countries. To that end, Americares has established three core programmatic priorities that are shaping their response: Product support for frontline health workers - Along with other preventive measures, personal protective equipment and other infection prevention and control supplies are critical to decreasing the spread of infection. Training and technical assistance for health providers and partners on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and Preparedness. Leveraging Americares long-standing expertise in IPC, MHPSS and Preparedness, Americares technical experts are creating COVID-19-specific training modules for all three program areas to ensure health center partners are armed with the knowledge and expertise needed to slow the spread of the virus and protect health workers as they continue their lifesaving work. Continuity of operations for Americares health programming, including direct clinical care -Ensuring that Americares clinical and community health staff can continue to do lifesaving and lifechanging work on behalf of those affected by poverty and disaster.
Direct Relief is coordinating with public health authorities, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the U.S. and globally to provide personal protective equipment and other items to health workers responding to coronavirus (COVID-19). In the U.S., Direct Relief is delivering protective masks – along with exam gloves and isolation gowns – to health care organizations in areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases. Direct Relief is also staging personal protective equipment with regional response agencies across the world, including in the Caribbean and South America through the Pan American Health Organization.
International Rescue Committee (IRC)
IRC works in countries that have weak health systems which are less prepared to combat the disease. Vulnerable populations and those living in crisis will be hit the hardest by this outbreak. They’ve launched coronavirus preparedness and response programs in over 40 countries, including the United States, Greece, Syria and Yemen. From sharing crucial information in Italy to training health care workers in Syria to continuing their vital work with refugees in the U.S., their teams are on the ground responding to the outbreak every day.
PIH; Partners In Health
PIH’s mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. By establishing long-term relationships with sister organizations based in settings of poverty, Partners In Health strives to achieve two overarching goals: to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need of them and to serve as an antidote to despair. The four prongs of COVID-19 work are: testing, provision of care, assist local government response to COVID-19, and mobilize community health workers to seek out those who are ill.
PATH’s role in combating an outbreak like COVID-19 is vital to response efforts. They are partnering with the WHO (World Health Organization) and the CDC (Center for Disease Control) as well as various Ministries of Health at the country level as a voice of strategy and information on how to best combat and contain COVID-19 in all areas of the world. PATH’s focus is strengthening health systems in the immediate and for the long-term in an effort to minimize the impact of an outbreak like COVID-19 at the country level.