Organizations Working on Medical Equipment Donations
The following organizations work in the area of donated medical equipment. They may service and repair donated equipment before it is sent to a hospital, clinic or other organization in need; offer match-making between entities who have a donation and those that have a need; and/or offer guidelines to help organizations maintain quality in donated equipment. It is very important to pay attention to guidelines on donated medical equipment, such as those from PQMD listed below.
CCIH Member Organizations
International Aid (Part of CURE International)
International Aid is one of the largest reconditioners of medical equipment in the faith-based, non-profit sector, providing anything from anesthesia machines to X-ray equipment. We help hospitals in developing nations attain self-sufficiency in equipment operations by supplying them with new and refurbished medical equipment, operation manuals and technical support. They also also offer assessments for hospitals and medical centers preparing to expand or enhance current operations. Onsite evaluations, recommendations for next steps and a list of needed resources are all available as needed with prior agreement. Contact: ia (at) internationalaid.org
Relink Global Health
Relink Global Health supports health care facilities with basic medical equipment in Haiti and other countries where they ensure there are plans in place for local supply chains and technicians to service the equipment.
Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD)
PQMD is an association for organizations interested in and involved in medical donations. It does not supply medicines or supplies, rather it sets standards and guidelines to maintain quality. From the website: “The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations is a unique alliance of non-profit and corporate organizations committed to bringing measurable health impact to under-served and vulnerable people through active engagement with global partners and local communities.” Contact +1-410-848-7036 | Guidelines for Quality Medical Donations
The MedSurplus Alliance (MSA) is a cross-sector alliance that works collaboratively to improve access to quality donated medical products, through accreditation, capacity-building, management and technology solutions, and leadership. The organization aims to increase the efficiency, value, scope, and quality of medical product donations. Visit the MSA Initiatives page to learn more.
Paper Published by the National Academy of Medicine
Access to Medical Devices in Low-Income Countries: Addressing Sustainability Challenges in Medical Device Donation, published by the National Academy of Medicine in July 2018. The authors reviewed some challenges arising in the area of donated medical equipment. For example, according to the authors, a surprising amount of biomedical equipment donated to low-income countries sit unused, and an estimated 40% of donated medical equipment in low-income countries is broken or inoperable. The authors explore how to make those donations more sustainable.
Here are other sources of donated medical equipment outside of the CCIH network.
Advocates for World Health
From the website: “Advocates for World Health strives to reuse as many donations as possible. We accept functioning medical equipment, as well as semi-functional and inoperable machinery. As long as the condition of the equipment is fair, we have trained technicians to repair minor damage and ensure the product’s functionality.
Our humanitarian aid shipments are designed to turn an empty room into a fully functional department of a working hospital. For example, an exam room should contain an exam table, light, diagnostic equipment, medical supplies, patient scale, patient chair, linens, medication cart, desk, chairs, and a waste container. Thanks to our sponsors and donors, we’re able to not only acquire all of these medical supplies and equipment, but also deliver these critical supplies directly to the hospital.
In order to make a shipment, AWH requires the sponsor or recipient to perform a needs assessment either through AWH or a neutral third party to ensure that the donations we send can be properly used and maintained at the donation location.” Contact: Donation Form or contact by email: support (at) awhealth.org
From the website: “Afya’s mission is to improve global health by rescuing surplus medical supplies and delivering them to underserved health systems around the world. With your help, we can achieve that goal.” Email: info (at) afyafoundation.org
American Medical Resource Foundation
From the website: “The American Medical Resources Foundation’s mission is to improve health care around the world by donating medical equipment and supplies to hospitals that serve the poor in underdeveloped and developing countries of the world. AMRF seeks to accomplish this mission by arranging and providing the donation of:
- Refurbished but Functional Medical Equipment
- Technical Services to Hospitals and Clinics Serving the Needy in these Countries
- Training of User, Maintenance, and Repair Personnel of Medical Equipment in Recipient Hospitals and Clinics.”
Contact: amrf1951 (at) gmail.com
Brother’s Brother Foundation
From the website: “Brother’s Brother Foundation is an international charity that has provided aid to 149 countries, including over four billion dollars worth of medical supplies, pharmaceuticals, educational materials, and other humanitarian equipment to people around the world.
Large donations of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies including surgical instruments have allowed Brother’s Brother Foundation to supply numerous clinics and hospitals across the world with the necessary supplies they need to serve their communities.” Contact Form
From the website: “Each year Esperança sends one sea shipment container full of donated medical goods to our trusted partners in Central and South America for use in our clinics and hospitals. These supplies are used by our surgical volunteer teams and distributed to hospitals in need in the region.” Contact: info (at) esperanca.org
From the website: “Global Hand is a matching service: a non-profit brokerage facilitating public/ private partnership. Although today’s world sees many parties wishing to respond to global issues, the problem they often face is connectivity. Who should they partner with and how? Global Hand is designed to bring together people from all parts of the spectrum.” Contact Form
From the website: “Each year, Global Links recovers 300 tons of surplus and no longer needed medical materials, mobility aids, home care supplies, and healthcare furnishings for use in our health improvement programs. Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities and promoting environmental stewardship in the US healthcare system.
Since 1989 Global Links has been working to redirect still-useful materials away from US landfills to support public health programs in targeted communities throughout the Western Hemisphere. We share our experience and technical knowledge with international and domestic partners and educate our volunteers, donors and the community on issues of global health and environmental stewardship.” Contact: info (at) globallinks.org or +1 412.361.3424
From the website: “Donors are the lifeblood of Globus Relief. Without them, our ability to fulfill our mission to provide life-saving medical products around the world would cease. The impact that we’ve enjoyed over the years is due to the strong partnerships we’ve developed with our donors. Together we have distributed medical equipment and supplies to over 800 qualified charities in over 140 countries and within the United States. We can’t do what we do without our donors.” Contact: donations (at) globusrelief.org or +1 (801) 977-0444
Healing Hands International
From the website: “Through programs in medical aid and relief, Healing Hands International has been able to provide the supplies needed to save and improve the quality of life for thousands of individuals. We receive items through generous donations, which we then provide to doctors, clinics and hospitals in order to help patients living in underdeveloped regions of the world.” Contact Form
Healthcare 4 Africa
From the website: “Healthcare 4 Africa (HC4A) is a UK charity focusing purely on the relief of poverty and sickness and the promotion and preservation of good health for the benefit of the public, in particular but not exclusively in sub-Saharan Africa, by the provision of healthcare centres and medical aid, equipment and assistance. Healthcare4Africa works with organizations who wish to donate clothing’s and medical equipment and consumables towards improved Africa Healthcare system.” Contact Form
HERO Healthcare Equipment Recycling Organization
From the website: “HERO maintains a healthcare accessory store to provide donated medical items for those in need in the Fargo-Moorhead area (in North Dakota in the United States). We provide low cost and waived fee purchase options for those struggling with financial hardship. HERO provides surplus medical supplies and instruments to mission teams globally. HERO accepts donations of clean, gently used healthcare equipment and supplies from individuals, hospitals, clinics, or other healthcare facilities. Financial donations support our mission to provide items at low or no cost through our waived fee program, which provides financial assistance for those in need of medically necessary supplies. All donations are tax-deductible.” Contact: Georgia (at) HEROFargo.org
From the website: “This service, unique in France, coordinates donations of medical devices between health stakeholders and international aid organisations supporting medical equipment for healthcare facilities in developing countries. The Bank of Medical Devices enables health stakeholders (donors) to offer medical devices and for the international aid organisations (running the projects), to obtain those that are appropriate for the needs of the healthcare facilities they support. The international aid organisations are selected by written application and receive advice on the conduct of their projects.” Contact: contact (at) humatem.org
From the website: “InterVol is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting the world’s neediest to materials, people, and opportunities. By recovering and redistributing medical supplies and equipment, and through the provision of volunteer opportunities for medical professionals and aspiring educators, InterVol is able to further its mission to engage humanitarian efforts worldwide.” Contact: info (at) intervol.org
International Organization for Medical Physics (IOMP)
From the website: “We make sure that the used equipment being donated to IOMP is in good condition and we make sure that it meets the need of that country. We also provide guidance on its installation and use. If the developing country needs help in installation or training of their personnel – it can also be arranged. The shipping expenses are required to be paid in advance or arranged by the developing country. Financial help is available in some cases. We follow the instructions from the WHO Guidelines for used equipment.” Contact: sg.iomp (at) gmail.com
MED-EQ – Part of REMEDY
From the website: “Med-Eq is a free service that specializes in pairing donors with vetted charities, most of which will use these supplies overseas. Items may range from bandages and catheter supplies, to hospital beds or surplus inventory and might be small enough to donate by mail, or require a container truck pick-up.
Families and individuals: When home care ends, families often find themselves in possession of medical supplies, devices and equipment that has been lightly or never used.
Vendors and facilities: Manufacturers, healthcare facilities and others often have excess inventory or lightly used equipment that they wish to donate. Charities and non-profit organizations: Organizations which have 501(c)(3) not-for-profit status may join Med-Eq to become eligible to receive donations.” Contact Form
From the website: “MedShare’s recovery efforts save millions of pounds of surplus medical supplies and equipment from landfills and incinerators that, for various regulatory reasons, hospitals and medical companies must discard. We accept donations of unused, unexpired medical surplus supplies and used biomedical equipment through our hospital recovery program and corporate product donations.” Contact: National Headquarters and Southeast Region (U.S.): +1-770-323-5858, Western Region (U.S.) : +1-510-567-7070, Northeast Region (U.S.): +1-201-866-6090 (Equipment can be delivered internationally)
From the website: “MedWish International partners with local agencies in order to fulfill the needs of our local community. We’ve realized that every day, many families and individuals struggle to find assistance in getting the medical equipment they need to improve a loved one’s quality of life. This program supplements our mission and allows us to serve vulnerable populations in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.” Contact: Humanitarian Aid Program Manager, Jennifer Buck at +1-216.692.1685 x66 or via email at domesticaid (at) medwish.org (Equipment can be delivered internationally)
From the website: “Medical Bridges encourages the donation of new supplies and new or used equipment that can be sent to underserved communities around the world.” Contact: Phone: (+1) 713-748-8131
Pan American Development Foundation
From the website: “With the support of a network of partners, such as U.S. medical facilities, public agencies, manufacturers, and universities, PADF distributes high-quality new and used equipment and supplies to health care institutions that serve vulnerable populations. Donated materials include: hospital beds, dental equipment, computerized tomography (CT) scanners, neonatal intensive care units, anesthesia units, and other equipment. For many organizations, a donation of medical equipment can mean the difference between upgrading aging equipment and having to increase health care costs in order to afford new equipment.” Contact Information
From the website: “Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E has been delivering life-saving medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics throughout the under-resourced world. We are the world’s largest distributor of donated medical relief—touching the lives of children and families in more than 130 countries.” Contact Form
REMEDY/ Recover Medical Equipment for the Developing World
From the website: “REMEDY, Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to actively promoting the recovery of unused medical supplies for the purpose of global aid, waste reduction, and cost-effectiveness. We seek to inspire and serve as a catalyst through education, practice and example. REMEDY is focusing its efforts on helping families that find themselves with excess medical supplies.” Contact Form
THET and Partnerships for Global Health
From the website: “The Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) has a vision of a world where everyone has access to healthcare. We achieve this by training and educating health workers in Africa and Asia, working in partnership with organisations and volunteers from across the UK.”
Guidelines for Donations: “THET has a UK-specific toolkit for health partnerships to assist them in evaluating whether or not to donate, and how to do so effectively. It aims to be a practical resource which also leads to an understanding of good practice for medical equipment donations.” Contact: info (at) thet.org