Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations Are Helping To Take the Bite Out Of Malaria.
Today is World Malaria Day, a day when we are asked to consider the fact that every minute a child dies of a mosquito bite. To draw more attention to World Malaria Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) and their partners are sharing their vision of a world in which mosquito bites are no longer fatal. Working with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, WHO has set ambitious goals to reduce malaria cases and death by 90% by 2030 and eliminating malaria from an additional 35 countries by 2030. It can be done, but achieving this goal requires eliminating the barriers to treating malaria, specifically the lack of access to well equipped healthcare facilities.
Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations (MSROs) provide doctors, nurses and community healthcare workers with the tools they need to treat more patients and improve the standard of care in their community. MSROs work with US hospitals, manufacturers and non-profit healthcare providers to recover, redistribute and effectively utilize high-quality medical supplies and equipment to improve the health of those in need. The Medical Suite (see footnote below) is just one example of an MSRO working to expand healthcare in developing countries.
VisionLink is also proud to be doing our part to improve access to services for vulnerable children and orphans in Haiti, with a new program launching in June. Using our 211 / I&R experience, we are deploying an online resource database, mapping and research tool that connects users to a range of services, including health programs. Developed in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and the Haitian Institute of Social Wellbeing and Research, our partnered site will be launched in Haiti in conjunction with the National Children’s Day in June of this year. To find out how you can help eliminate malaria visit http://www.worldmalariaday.org.
VisionLink’s commitment to drawing attention to community needs both domestically and internationally does not stop with our work in Haiti. VisionLink’s newly formed non-profit organization, Avancera, is working with the Medical Surplus Recovery community and their stakeholders to expand their programs, identify best practices, and accredit organizations that adhere to the MSRO Code of Conduct. The mission of Avancera is to help networks of nonprofit organizations and their stakeholders create more effective collaborations by sharing resources, experience and expertise, and by applying technology to accelerate collaborations for improved impact and outcomes. The newly formed MedSurplus Alliance will be supported by Avancera and will provide a home for a broad coalition of MSROs, medical product manufacturers, international humanitarian organizations, foundations and other stakeholders committed to creating a healthier world.
IMEC Medical Suites
A Medical Suite provides all of the equipment and supplies needed to turn an empty room into a fully functional department of a working hospital. For example, an Exam Room Suite contains an exam table, light, diagnostic equipment, medical supplies, patient scale, patient chair, linens, medication cart, desk, chair and waste container: all of the furnishings and materials needed for a complete Exam Room.
In consultation with doctors in the U.S. and in developing countries, IMEC has developed over 40 types of Medical Suites. Combined, these Suites can equip an entire hospital, including administrative offices, kitchen, exam rooms, emergency departments, and surgery.
Over our years of service, IMEC has developed this system into an efficient and effective process for improving health care in impoverished hospitals worldwide.
To read more about IMEC and their mission, please visit: http://imecamerica.org