Half the world’s population lacks access to essential health services, according to the United Nations, due to poverty, war, discrimination, and in many instances, a lack of medical supplies and staff.
As part of its Community Impact initiative, Medline donates medical supplies to humanitarian organizations with the goal of reaching the people and places most in need. The organizations identify and deliver the products to clinics and communities around the world. Between 2018 and 2021, Medline donated nearly 1,000 metric tons of medical supplies, valued at approximately $13 million, to support healthcare in more than 80 countries.
Aiding communities most in need of supplies
Medline partner MAP International identified The Tree of Life Children’s Village as an organization that could benefit from Medline supplies, according to MAP International Project Manager Amie McClellan. Spanning over 130-acres, Tree of Life includes homes, a school, playground, working farm and the Hill Wellness Center. The Tree of Life is a transitional, full-time care facility in Lusaka, Zambia. Children at the Tree of Life may suffer from significant medical conditions, and their guardians may either be unable to provide necessary care or their home situation is unsuitable for the child to live and thrive.