Stories From the Field: MAP in El Salvador

With fewer than 50 employees around the world, how does MAP distribute the life-changing medicines and health supplies to 104 countries? The answer? Our partners.

MAP works tirelessly with 26 partners providing medicines and health supplies around the globe.

On a recent trip to El Salvador, I met with one of MAP’s long-standing partners in the field, the Salvadorian American Humanitarian Foundation (SAHF) and their sister organization, FUSAL.

Combined, our partnership with SAHF supplies more than 500 hospitals, clinics, health centers, orphanages, nursing homes, schools, and other non-government agencies throughout the country with medicines and health supplies. Together we play a critical role in medical distribution in El Salvador where MAP shipped more than $27.5 million in medicines and health supplies in 2018.

What’s amazing is that this partnership starts with supporters like you. We could not get such a large supply of medicine to people in need without your support.

MAP Partnership Development Officer, Jeff Hay is pictured with a member of FUSAL (left), one of our partners in El Salvador. Also pictured is a local physician who was grateful for the medicines and health supplies provided by MAP.

While I was in El Salvador, I had the opportunity to witness the ongoing needs and successes of our partnership. SAHF  had received a large shipment of medicines and health supplies from MAP just before my arrival. Working with FUSAL, they immediately began distribution to over 500 small community clinics and large national hospitals.

One of the highlights from my visit occurred at one of El Salvador’s oldest hospitals, Rosales National built in 1902. The hospital, located in the heart of San Salvador, treats approximately one-third of El Salvador’s population of 6.4 million people. That’s nearly 1.9 million patients on an annual basis. It is the most specialized hospital in the country and treats a myriad of medical conditions from general illness to oncology.

As you can imagine, when we arrived, the emergency room and waiting areas were teeming with people. People wait hours, if not days, to see a doctor. Due to the limited beds, patients wait in the halls, and family members often sleep on the floors while their loved one receives treatment.

The hospital’s limited resources are consistently stretched thin. Basic needs often go unmet, and cleanliness is limited leading to further exposure to infection. A doctor from Rosales National visited partner’s warehouse while I was there.

 “We’re grateful for the help!”, the doctor shared with me. “These products are in such short supply at the hospital’s pharmacy.”

Can you imagine if your local hospital ran out of medicine? This is a dangerous reality at times at Rosales.

Working with our partners around the world, MAP provides medicines and supplies when healthcare providers need them most. It is a vital safety net whether in El Salvador, or any of the 104 countries where we work. Simply put, partnerships are at the core of how we achieve MAP’s mission.

Working together, we faithfully serve people in need worldwide.

 

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Marcia was living out of her car - homeless, lonely, and needing medical assistance. Her inability to get her diabetes medication brought fear and anxiety. She suffered from depression.

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Beginning today, MAP will be hosting its inaugural MAP International Partner Conference.

MAP’s domestic and global partners are gathering to forge ideas on how to better serve each other and reach more people in need of medicine around the globe. Here is why their partnership means so much:

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