The University of Maryland Medical System is donating more than 200 pallets of lifesaving COVID-19 equipment and supplies valued at more than $4.6 million to countries in southeast Asia, including India and Sri Lanka, where the current pandemic conditions are much worse than in the United States.
The donated items, purchased by UMMS during the 13-hospital system’s COVID response, includes ventilators, masks, gloves, gowns, sanitizer, CPAP machines, oxygen concentrators and stethoscopes.
During the first few months of the pandemic, the supply chain for pandemic products was severely affected, which created worldwide shortages of many items such as PPE, ventilators, COVID tests and other supplies. The system made a strong commitment to its patients and workforce not to be in the position many other health systems were experiencing, and it engaged in a worldwide sourcing effort to acquire necessary products.
UMMS is working with Project C.U.R.E. the world’s largest distributor of donated medical equipment and supplies to resource-limited communities across the globe, and with the International Medical Health Organization, a grassroots global health nonprofit organization that seeks to improve and develop healthcare services and infrastructure in under-served regions worldwide, on the logistics to transport the items from Maryland.