Where can i donate unused medical supplies near me
Donate Medical Supplies & Equipment
Give to Africa upports mission hospitals by providing equipment, supplies, and technical support. Our biomedical technicians and electrical engineers refurbish donated equipment and also regularly visit mission hospitals to provide field support and maintenance. Machinery and equipment that might be outdated in Western hospitals can be a blessing in a mission hospital, if it is appropriate, functional, and properly installed.
We carefully evaluates potential medical supplies donations to ensure that we send only good quality, useful, and appropriate equipment and supplies. Many mission hospitals are already filled with outdated or broken-down equipment. The last thing we want to do is send more of the same. Although we do appreciate all offers, there will be times when a donation cannot be accepted due to these evaluation standards.
Who Can Donate Medical Supplies ?
Donating medical supplies, often called donating in-kind, can be done on a small or large scale. Most donations come from these three groups:
- Individuals: people like you and me who have surplus medical supplies or equipment that they don’t need. Often individual donations come from family members of deceased loved ones. They might have a stock of supplies that remain unused, or medical devices that are no longer being used.
- Hospitals: hospital recovery and donation programs will often set up bins within hospitals. Then staff can efficiently donate unused supplies which are collected regularly.
- Medical Suppliers: medical manufacturers and distributors can make donations. They often include items that have damaged packaging, returned but usable products, production overages, or simply new items donated charitably.
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What Medical Supplies Can I Donate?
There are three main categories of donatable medical supplies:
- Disposable Supplies: bandages, alcohol pads, gloves, diapers, catheters, soap, sutures, etc.
- Medical Equipment: wheelchairs, crutches, machines, or biomedical equipment
- Pharmaceuticals: prescription medications or supplements
While each organization will have specific lists of the supplies they accept, here are a few questions to consider:
- Did my unused supplies expire over 12 months ago? If so, they may not qualify for donation.
- Are my disposable supplies opened, or did they have direct contact with a patient? They may not be suitable for donation.
- What condition is my used medical equipment in? If it’s new or gently used and fully functional with no need for repair, most organizations will accept it.
- Do I have all the cables, attachments, and accessories that came with my equipment? Then it should qualify for donation.
Don’t have much to donate? Give time! Many non-profits and charities need volunteers to coordinate logistics and execute projects. See how you can help out today!
Why Should I Donate?
The beneficiaries of your medical donations are often in life or death situations. These can be resolved by access to basic medical attention. There are supplies that are being thrown away in massive quantities on a daily basis for no good reason.
These children and people in need have parents, siblings, grandparents, and others who love them but can’t meet these fundamental needs. Your donation could literally mean the difference between life and death for those who suffer because of limited access to supplies and medicine.
Besides the obvious humanitarian benefits of donation, recent research showed that usable medical supplies totaling around $765 billion contributed to annual waste. That’s more than the annual budget for the Defense Department!
That same research showed that the value of those wasted supplies could cover the full medical insurance premium for about 150 million United States workers.
Not only is donation good for the environment (because it reduces the amount of usable waste), it could incentivize lower healthcare costs for individuals and businesses! Who doesn’t want a lower insurance premium? But much more importantly, who doesn’t want to save a life?
The answer is pretty simple. If you have access to surplus usable supplies, find an organization near you and partner with them. See how your donation could save lives and improve the quality of life for those living in underprivileged situations.
Remember that even small donations can make a huge difference! There is so much need throughout the world and while your donation won’t save everyone, it could save someone.
Don’t wait! People are in need right now.