Third Quarter Highlights - 2019
Thanks to Sortly, our real-time Inventory Management System that allows us to control stock levels in Miami and Venezuela together with the inventory on transit, we were able to focus on Vitamins and Nutritional & Clinical Supplements this last 3Q, both contributing with 79% of total units shipped. This is +15,000 units of these 2 categories.
Medicines and Surgical & Medical categories added 20%, with +3,500 units. As we monitor our inventories, we ensure no category is left behind whether through donations or purchases. Today, our children and staff at Jorge Lizarraga Pediatric Hospital have been fortunate to receive +37,000 units of surgical & medical supplies, +22,000 units of diapers, +16,000 supplements, 3,000 units of medicines, and thousands more of other items.
YTD Third Quarter Highlights - 2019
In our previous report from 1st Semester, we highlighted the great support we had from so many individual donors, media, companies, and other organizations that allowed us to build good inventory levels, and as consequence, ensure large monthly shipments of several in-kind donations and items we were able to buy with individual monetary donations and grants.
Today, we can still see the impact of such a strong start of the year. Our work on operations, inventory management and constant communication with our teams in Venezuela also paid off and we have been able to respond to most critical categories. Of course, the crisis and needs still surpasses our resources and it remains a major challenge, for instance, to raise funds for very specialized, expensive items under Surgical & Medical Equipment that could not be accesible unless we have large monetary donations or grants.
Unfortunately, in general, it is still not enough no matter what we do, because Venezuela is still sbmerged in a “complex humanitarian emergency” as defined by United Nations.
Here is a summary of the shipments and supplies received in Venezuela until end of Sept (in Volume):
+37,000 units of Surgical & Medical from +170 different items.
+3,000 medicines, from +80 different types of medicines (general conditions and specific treatments)
+1,800 botteles of vitamins
+1,000 canned/packed food.
and many more other items