Before you start collecting medicine at the local level, it is critical to apply for national grants to receive donations. Many of our groups have received contributions from such organizations as Map International, Catholic Medical Mission Board, Vitamin Angels and Heart to Heart. There are existing relationships with these organizations so if you fill out the short application and have a doctor’s signature to endorse your group, you should have some success. ***Please note that you have to apply with at least 2-4 months in advance, so don’t hesitate. Ask your regional advisor for samples of completed grants that you can use as a reference. Other MEDICAL & EQUIPMENT RESOURCES Helping Overseas Directory 23436 North Stockton Drive Farmington Hills, MI 48336 Contact: H. Bruce Carr E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 248-474-8916 Web: www.helpingoverseasdirectory.org Hundreds of resources gathered and updated by Bruce. CARGO TRANSPORTATION Denton Program U. S. Agency for International Development DCHA-PVC 74 Ronald Reagan Building Washington, DC 20523-7600 Contact: Kevin Rafferty Manager, Commodities Freight Program E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 301-424-6888 Fax: 202-216-3043 Web: www.usaid.gov/hum_response/pvc/ denton.html or www.dentonfunded.com Due to the recent earthquake in Asia, the Funded Transportation Program is suspended until further notice. Please note that ONLY applications for aid to IRAQ are being accepted at this time. Please stand by for more information on program reinstatement. Thank you for your understanding. This has helped non-profit groups get free cargo transportation on U.S. military transport planes to send humanitarian goods and equipment to countries in need. It’s done on a space available basis, so one may have to wait significantly longer than with commercial transportation. Because of possible delays, it probably would be better to use this for things other than medicines with expiration dates. Large items, such as an EMS vehicle, could go this way. The sender must get the goods to an U.S. military air base and be responsible for them after they arrive overseas. They’ve helped in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua and hope to expand elsewhere as resources permit. Missionary Expediters, Inc. 5620 Tchoupitoulas New Orleans, LA 70115 Phone: 800-299-6363 Fax: 800-643-6363 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.solvenet.com For nearly five decades, they’ve specialized in getting cargo shipped “from anywhere to anywhere” throughout the world for church and other humanitarian groups. Being a fully licensed and bonded international freight forwarder, they can handle virtually all forms of shipping, provide warehousing, and proper documentation. In a typical year, they send about 3,000 containers in 20 and 40 foot sizes, and about 30% of their business is with LCLs (less than container loads) and airfreight. Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) P.O. Box 3202 Redlands, CA 92373-0998 Phone: 800-359-7623 Fax: 909-794-3016 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.maf.org This interdenominational Christian group serves over 300 mission agencies, ministries, and other non-profits in 20 countries. Best known for flying their small planes into remote areas, they often provide medical emergency transportation and disaster relief support. MAF also maintains electronic mail service and satellite phone systems for mission groups. RMJ Services, Inc. P.O. Box 74748 Romulus, MI 48174 Phone: 888-893-8111 Fax: 734-941-8127 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.concentric.net/~rbeyer Contacts: Richard Beyer & Rick Kielb Many Christian groups use it to send large containers of supplies to mission locations overseas. Transform 600 Bel Air Boulevard, Suite 166 Mobile, AL 36606 Phone: 251-473-1010 Fax: 251-473-1423 Contact: Audra Murray E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.nff.org Their name means “Transportation for the Relief of Mankind.” Finding donated shipping for overseas mission goods is their goal. They contact various trucking companies to get goods to seaports, and then they seek to have cargo ships take them to overseas destinations. This outgrowth of the previously described Denton Program seeks to do in the private sector the kinds of things that Denton does with surplus military cargo space. EQUIPMENT American Medical Resource Foundation, Inc. (AMRF) P. O. Box 3609 Brockton, MA 02404 Tel: 401-789-4527 Fax: 401-789-1489 Email: email@example.com www.amrf.com AMRF has donated over 160 million dollars worth of medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in 79 developing countries since 1988. AMRF technicians refurbish the equipment and bring it up to necessary specifications before shipping it. They also provide biomedical engineering training services to help recipients. Counterpart President and Chief Executive Officer: Lelei LeLaulu 1200 18th Street, NW Suite 1100 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 296-9676 (phone) (202) 296-9679 (fax) General Information, Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org www.counterpart.org Counterpart International is a non-profit international human development organization founded in 1965 as the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific. DRE, Inc. (Diagnostic Related Equipment) 1800 Williamson Court Louisville, KY 40223 Phone: 800-462-8195 or 502-244-4444 Fax: 502-244-0369 E-mail: email@example.com www.dremed.com “Medical Equipment for Missions” is a major goal of this company. They supply new and refurbished medical equipment such as pulse oximeters, defibrillators, EKG’s, infusion pumps, surgical headlights, portable and field anesthesia machines, and much more. INMED 45449 Severn Way, Suite 161 Sterling, VA 20166 Phone: 703-444-4477, ext. 227 Fax: 703-444-4471 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: Gary Gertz, V.P. for Procurement www.inmed.org INMED’s Material Acquisition Group specializes in providing efficient, cost-effective procurement service for medical supplies, equipment, and other essentials to mission groups and other non-profits serving overseas. A modest fee is charged for their services. Through established relationships with suppliers, manufacturers, and shipping and freight companies, INMED is able to offer comprehensive assistance for your procurement needs. See their website for more info. This is not related to the INMED in Kansas City that helps prepare physicians for serving in the developing world and is described elsewhere in this directory. International Aid, Inc. (IA) 17011 West Hickory Spring Lake, MI 49456 Phone: 800-968-7490 Fax: 616-846-3842 Fax for orders: 676-846-7911 General info. E-mail: email@example.com www.internationalaid.org In addition to the general kinds of goods that IA provides, they are a major provider of medical equipment and supplies. IA’s Medical Equipment Services Department has helped mission hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries. Quoting them: “We provide new and refurbished medical devices, literature, repairs, supplies and technical assistance.” Whether the need is for a microscope, centrifuge, physical therapy equipment, or even a complete x-ray unit, they may be able to provide it at a cost much less than industry standard. They don’t send anything before thoroughly testing it for accuracy and practicality. Many over-the-counter and prescription medicines are available. Their website includes a catalogue of many goods, and they have a 24-hour hotline. Medlend 35 Baywood Avenue, Suite 1 San Mateo, CA 94402 Phone: 650-375-1800 Fax: 650-375-8094 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.medlend.org Contact: Henry Hamilton, M.D. This non-profit organization lends mobile medical equipment to assist other non-profits providing medical care in developing countries. Most equipment is small enough to go on passenger planes. Soon they hope to have enough for six operating rooms. MEDWorld (Medical Equipment for the Developing World) UNC Health Care Mailroom Box 517 101 Manning Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Phone: 919-966-4131 Fax: 919-966-5833 E-mail: email@example.com www.med.unc.edu/medworld/mission.htm Contact: Georgine Lamvu, M.D. Begun at the University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill, MEDWorld seeks to recover surplus medical goods for help in developing countries. Remarket Medical, Inc. 7021 Mableton Parkway Mableton, Georgia 30126 Phone: 770-941-9375 Toll Free: 888-733-1207 Fax: 770-941-6268 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.remarketmedical.com Owner: Gill King Buying and selling used medical equipment. Medical Bridges, Inc. P.O. Box 300245 Houston, TX 77230-0245 Phone: 713-748-8131 Fax: 713-748-0118 www.medicalbridges.org Founded in 1997, they have collected and recycled a wide variety of medical goods for over 75 countries. They provided over $10,000,000 worth in 2005. Individuals and groups going overseas on medical mission trips can request free goods to hand-carry from what may be currently in stock. A $350 application fee is asked for large container shipments. Healing Hands International Dr. Randy Steger, business and marketing professor at Lipscomb University of Nashville, TN, presented a proposal to serve as a pilot program that would utilize the energy and abilities of students to contact various medical corporations and individuals to solicit donations of supplies. Through this urgent need for humanitarian relief materials the Lipscomb students organized the beginning of the Healing Hands ministry, which was later incorporated as Healing Hands International in 1994. Since acquiring a 501 (C) (3) status in 1994 HHI has shipped to 44 different countries in need. With a number of over 200 shipments and an additional branch office in Abilene, TX it is evident to see God’s hand at work in the ministry. 455 McNally Drive Nashville, Tennessee 37211 Phone: (615) 832-2000 email@example.com Abilene Office Healing Hands International 949 Judge Ely Blvd. Abilene, Texas 79602 Phone: 325-676-9991, Edwin Enzor firstname.lastname@example.org www.hhi-aid.org Project C.U.R.E. International Headquarters Office 9055 East Mineral Circle Suite 220 Centennial, CO 80112 Voice (303) 792-0729 Fax (303) 792-0744 Email: email@example.com Web: www.projectcure.org Project C.U.R.E. delivers C.U.R.E. Cargo - life-saving medical supplies and equipment that are procured from donors - to the neediest people in the world. After determining the needs of the recipient hospital or clinic through an arduous on-site assessment, we handpick donated items, load them on a 40-foot, steel container and ship them by sea to the recipient country. Since our first shipment to Brazil in 1987, not one C.U.R.E. Cargo container has been lost or confiscated, thanks in part to relationships we have established around the world. MEDICINES & SUPPLIES Blessings International 5881 South Garnett Road Tulsa, OK 74146 Phone: 918-250-8101 Fax: 918-250-1281 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.blessings.org Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) 10 West 17th Street New York, NY 10011 Phone: 800-678-5659 Fax: 212-242-0930 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.cmmb.org CMMB provided over 50 million worth of medicines and medical supplies for free distribution in 60 countries in 2002. Their “Physicians on a Mission” program enables healthcare professionals to receive free donations to be hand-carried directly to their overseas mission site. Much more information and a downloadable application are on their website. It should be submitted at least six weeks before departure. Direct Relief International (DRI) 27 South La Patera Lane Santa Barbara, CA 93117 Phone: 800-676-1638 Fax: 805-681-4838 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.directrelief.org Contact: Sue Fowler Active since 1948, DRI sent over 67 million dollars worth of medical goods to 53 countries last year. They emphasize sending large shipments directly overseas. Assistance with costs may be requested. Interchurch Medical Assistance (IMA) P.O. Box 429 New Windsor, MD 21776 Phone: 877-241-7952 Fax: 410-635-8726 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.interchurch.org IMA was established by several Christian groups to collect and distribute medical goods for overseas use. Their three main programs: (1) General Inventory—this means that one may get whatever necessary medicines they have available in stock for 6% of value. (2) Their IMA Medicine Box is pre-packed with 17 of the most essential medicines and supplies for subsistence health care. Its $350 cost is far less than wholesale value. (3) These first two programs are available to any qualified applicant, but the third one is only open to physicians. It is the Roche Mission Pack program and offers donated medicines from that pharmaceutical firm. If applying for any of these programs for the first time, you need to give IMA at least four weeks notice. King Benevolent Fund (KBF) 1119 Commonwealth Avenue Bristol, VA 24201 Phone: 800-321-9234 Fax: 276-466-0955 Contact: Art Yannucciello His e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.kingbf.org Begun by a major medical goods producer, KBF distributes pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies donated by King and other U.S. firms to medical missionaries serving in developing countries. The medicines are free, and they do not charge for shipping them to locations within the U.S. so they can be hand carried overseas. About two months notice is preferred. Project C.U.R.E. International Headquarters Office 9055 East Mineral Circle Suite 110 Centennial, CO 80112 Voice (303) 792-0729 Fax (303) 792-0744 Email: email@example.com Web: www.projectcure.org C.U.R.E. Kits provide Project C.U.R.E. with an opportunity to assist those who share our common vision. We often receive requests for medical supplies from individuals or groups traveling to medical mission fields around the globe. An 18" x 18" x 24" cardboard box is packed with nearly $3,000 of medical supplies. Project C.U.R.E. requests a donation of $150 for each Kit. The size and cost are deceiving - one kit provides material to bring health to a surprising number of hurting people. PLACES THAT DEAL WITH EXTRA SUPPLIES MedShare International MedShare International 3240 Clifton Springs Road Decatur, GA 30034 Phone: 770-323-5858 Fax: 770-323-4301 For general information: firstname.lastname@example.org For volunteer information: email@example.com For donation information: firstname.lastname@example.org For tour information: email@example.com Dedicated to recycling surplus medical supplies and equipment for use by healthcare institutions in developing countries. MEDWorld (Medical Equipment for the Developing World) UNC Health Care Mailroom Box 517 101 Manning Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Phone: 919-966-4131 Fax: 919-966-5833 Web: www.med.unc.edu/medworld/ Contact: Georgine Lamvu, MD Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Begun at the University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill, MEDWorld seeks to recover surplus medical goods for help in developing countries. MERCI (Medical Equipment Recovery of Clean Inventory) Contact: Helen M. French, R.N. 891 Ladd Road Waynesboro, VA 22980 Phone: 540-942-4820 (and fax, but need to call first) Pager: 434-970-4307 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.mercifoundation.org This program, under the volunteer direction of an operating room nurse at the University of Virginia collects surplus medical supplies and makes them available to mission groups and other non-profits.. There is no charge; donations are welcome. MERCI is not set up for processing large shipments. Ms. French is glad to share her experiences with anyone (especially other operating room nurses) wishing to establish a similar program. The Mobility Project (TMP) 6314 Cripple Creek Lane Colorado Springs, CO 80919 Phone: 800-818-8846 Fax: 719-590-1495 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.mobilityproject.org Over 100,000 wheelchairs annually go into landfills in the U.S.—plus many more discarded crutches, canes, walkers, and various other related items. TMP seeks to bridge this gap by seeking donated used mobility equipment, refurbishing it, and providing training about using it. REMEDY (Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World) 3-TMP, 333 Cedar Street P.O. Box 208051 New Haven, CT 06520-8051 Phone: 203-737-5356 Fax: 283-785-5241 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.remedyinc.org REMEDY networks to help make available equipment and opened, but unused, hospital materials other than medicines. Their “AIRE-mail” (Agencies for International Relief E- mail) computer network can enable a developing world hospital needing an item to search the resources of many potential American sources for it almost instantly. Their web lists other similar organizations. REMEDY has helped launch and includes information on how hospitals can establish programs to recycle medical goods. SPECIAL ITEMS Vitamin Angel Alliance 1450 Orange Grove Ave. Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Phone: 805-565-9919 Fax: 805-565-9916 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.vitaminangel.org Since 1994, this non-profit, non-sectarian organization has fought malnutrition and childhood blindness around the world. Their specialty is providing vitamin A—the lack of which often leads to blindness—in 82 countries. It costs only five cents per child per year for the vitamin. VOSH/International (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) c/o Dr. Harry Zeltzer (Immediate Past Pres.) P.O. Box 209 Ipswich, MA 01938 Phone: 978-356-0447 Fax: 978-365-7173 E-mail: email@example.com Web: www.vosh.org As “The voice of optometry in developing nations,” VOSH has a great network for getting volunteers to overseas places that need eye care and obtaining eyeglasses and various kinds of eye care supplies and equipment. The “Services and Information” section on its website lists more than a dozen places in the U.S. (plus some in other countries) that provide recycled glasses for little or no cost. Most of these are linked to Lions Clubs, and some have arrangements with prisons whereby trained inmates read prescriptions of donated eyeglasses, clean, and sort them. Worm Project (WP) c/o Franconia Mennonite Conference 771 Route 113 Souderton, PA 18964 Phone: 215-723-5513, Ext. 136 Fax: 215-723-1211 Contact: Claude Good His e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.fmc-online.org/wormproject/ For only five cents, a child or adult in a developing nation can get a tablet to begin getting rid of most parasitic worms and prevent new ones for up to six months. If medical relief teams are going where parasitic worms are a problem, and where preventative medicine is not easily available, they can contact the Worm Project.
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