MAP Staff

Recent Posts by MAP Staff:

You Can Trust MAP with Your Giving

The Christmas season, now in full swing, is a time for giving and sharing the abundance of our lives with those we love and those in need.

We understand there are many worthy charities asking for your help this time of year. There are countless ways to give to help those less fortunate. Before you make a gift, we encourage you to do your homework to make sure your generosity does the most good.  

For 64 years, we have put stewardship at the forefront of our mission and valued transparency and integrity in our finances.

MAP has been known as an organization that delivers quality medicines to those in need with remarkably low overhead. Last year, we helped 14.3 million people by providing millions of healing doses of medicines. We did this all with a staff of fewer than 50 people in our U.S offices and global distribution center.

We can tell you we are good stewards.  However, we want to earn your trust so we open our finances to the scrutiny of independent agencies such as Forbes, the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance and GuideStar.

Consider the most recent achievements in the area of good stewardship:

  • GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency

This year MAP earned the 2018 Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight progress MAP is making toward its mission, GuideStar is helping donors move beyond simplistic ways of nonprofit evaluation such as overhead ratios.

“In accordance with our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, we are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner.

By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media.” Steve Stirling, President, MAP International

To reach the Platinum level, MAP added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar:  detailed organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, MAP has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and funders meaningful data to evaluate MAP. View our profile here.

  • Forbes magazine "America’s Top Charities"

For 19 years, Forbes magazine has presented its list of the 100 largest charities in the US. MAP International ranks #21 on the list of nonprofits that are evaluated on various financial efficiency metrics. You can view MAP’s profile here.

We value all gifts made to MAP and are committed to the highest standards of stewardship and transparency. Did you know all donations made to MAP by December 31 will be matched and will double? What a terrific way to stretch your donation and feel certain your gift has been carefully vetted by industry experts.

Double Your Donation Today

Topics: GuideStar Platinum Forbes stewardship

“Where Healthcare Doesn't Exist” in Rural Uganda

You can throw a rock from almost any street corner in America and hit a drugstore. While that may be a bit of an exaggeration, finding a CVS, Walgreens, or other pharmacy isn’t difficult. In fact, according to the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, 90 percent of Americans live within five miles of a pharmacy.

But could you imagine if you didn’t live within 20 miles of a pharmacy? How about 100 miles? How about if there was no pharmacy at all within three days of your home?

This is what Dr. Harold Mayweather encountered on a medical mission trip to Jinya, Uganda. Traveling with faithful servants from the nonprofit, The Soul of My Footprint, the team spent two days in a village outside Jinya where there was no health clinic and no drugstore.

Upon arrival, they discovered a town “where healthcare does not exist,” according to Dr. Mayweather. His team of two physicians, five nurses and four pharmacy techs set to work providing a temporary medical clinic and pharmacy. For 48 hours they tended to nearly 300 infants, children, and adults with ailments ranging from mild to severe. Each was so grateful to see a doctor or nurse.

His team set-up a temporary pharmacy (watch their video here). Slowly villagers ventured in, collecting medicines and health supplies provided once, maybe twice a year. Imagine suffering through routine ailments with no medicine or ways to improve your condition for days or longer.

“We all brought along medical supplies, but the bulk of the supplies were from MAP International. The MAP Rx pack helped so many! It's hard to put into words how much it did.” Dr. Harold Mayweather

Medicines are not readily available in all parts of the world. Its hard to fathom, but for many people in resource-poor communities, medications and health supplies are a luxury.

This holiday season, will you help us provide more medicines to more people worldwide?

Generous donors to MAP will DOUBLE all donations between now and December 31. Your gift will have twice the impact and help more doctors like Dr. Mayweather treat more people with medicines from MAP.

“We will go back next year in September. I will need your help and hope that you are willing and able to assist us again,” Dr. Mayweather said.

Help us help Dr. Mayweather and his team of brave medical missionaries.  

Double Your Donation Today

Topics: life-changing medicines uganda medical missionaries

The Merciful End to the 2018 Hurricane Season

The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season mercifully ended today.

Hopefully you were not among those severely impacted by the most destructive storms - Michael and Florence.  However, millions were left homeless or without power for weeks. Many may never return home.

Can you imagine losing everything? What if you couldn’t get to a pharmacy for a critically-needed prescription? Or to a store for basic health supplies? The fear and loss many residents experienced before, during, and after these events is unfathomable.

However, because of your support of MAP International, many of them now know someone cares about their well-being, someone they have never met. It is because of you, MAP was able to apply its years of experience in disaster relief and provide a ray of hope amidst such despair.

Topics: hurricane florence hurricane michael hurricane season disaster health kits

Curbing Antibiotic Resistance While Ensuring Access for All

Good stewardship goes beyond just using donor gifts wisely today.

MAP views stewardship as multi-generational. As a critical source for medicines such as antibiotics in the poorest communities on earth, it is imperative that we safeguard the effectiveness of these life-changing medicines for future generations.

This week we are recognizing World Antibiotic Awareness Week.

This observance takes place every November to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers, prescribers, and policymakers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

Topics: life-changing medicines antibiotics Pediatric Antibiotics

#MyGivingStory: Never Too Young to Give Back

Growing up in South Georgia, Nicholas Booth was raised to believe it is always “better to give than to receive.” Throughout his life, Nick’s family taught him to appreciate God’s gifts, work hard and to give back to his community. He lived those virtues daily.

Topics: life-changing medicines #GivingTuesday #MyGivingStory

Stories From the Field: Gratitude in Rural Haiti

We are humbled by the stories we receive of health and hope from around the world. Daily we marvel at the power of life-changing medicine to bring healing to some of the poorest regions of the globe.

MAP recently received this letter from a hospital worker located in Soufriere, Haiti in the northern part of the country. Roads in this rural area are often unpaved and clogged with cars and motorbikes. They are considered dangerous to travel by and many opt to walk where they need to go.

This was the case with a young mother who, out of desperation, carried her sick 18-month old son to New Hope Hospital. This letter we received shares her story and the miracle of medicine to help the poorest of the poor:  

Topics: Haiti life-changing medicines

One Brave Little Girl in India

The little girl’s screams could be heard throughout the crowded clinic. In the seventeen days, since her first visit, Tenzin Dolma’s cries penetrated many hearts.  

This five-year-old girl made daily visits with her parents who traveled for miles through the remote, mountainous area of India.

Each day Tenzin would arrive for treatment for severe burns to her left arm.  She was scalded by boiling water atop an indoor, open fire stove.

Her parents brought her to the heavily crowded clinic in Zanskar, where hundreds of residents signed up for care each day. They desperately hoped someone could help their daughter. 

Topics: life-changing medicines india medical missions

Before, During, and Now After Hurricane Florence

On the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria's devastating landfall in Puerto Rico, MAP International’s Disaster Response Team was once again helping people in need following a hurricane. The significance of the moment was not lost on the team as they delivered over 2,000 Disaster Health Kits (DHK) and other health supplies to people in need in Lumberton, NC.

Many of the lessons MAP learned from our work for Hurricane Maria have been applied to our response to Florence: 

Topics: disaster relief hurricane disaster health kits hurricane florence

MAP Disaster Health Kits Help People Living in Refugee Camps

The MAP Disaster Health Kit is a simple, yet dramatic product for people living in the most desperate of conditions. 

Described as a perfect 'measure of dignity' by people who have lost everything in natural disasters, MAP's signature Disaster Health Kits (DHK) contain antiseptic wipes, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste and other essential items. 

MAP's partner ANERA, the American Near East Refugee Aid organization, has found another creative use for the disaster health kit. ANERA recently shared the following story about how women and girls living in refugee camps are being trained in disease prevention and hygiene awareness

In the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon lies Burj El Barajneh; the most overpopulated Palestinian refugee camp in the city and home to more than 17,000 registered refugees; all living within a mere 1 square kilometer area…

Topics: disaster health kits lebanon

A Disaster Survivor Saved by MAP Medicine

“It was my day off and I was at home when I began to feel the earth shaking,” says Rose, as she recalls the events that changed her life in 2010.

“Debris began to fall and the next thing I knew, my entire house had collapsed on me.”

Like many others, Rose was a victim of the massive earthquake that nearly destroyed parts of Haiti January, 2010.

Topics: life-changing medicines Haiti

Sign up for our mailing list to stay up to date with more posts like this.