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									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

Helping Overseas Directory
23436 North Stockton Drive
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Contact: H. Bruce Carr
Phone: 248-474-8916

Hundreds of resources gathered and updated by Bruce.


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
Phone: 301-424-6888
Fax: 202-216-3043
Web: denton.html or

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

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

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
Contacts: Richard Beyer & Rick Kielb

Many Christian groups use it to send large containers of supplies to mission locations
600 Bel Air Boulevard, Suite 166
Mobile, AL 36606
Phone: 251-473-1010
Fax: 251-473-1423
Contact: Audra Murray

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.


American Medical Resource Foundation, Inc. (AMRF)
P. O. Box 3609
Brockton, MA 02404
Tel: 401-789-4527
Fax: 401-789-1489

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.

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:

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

“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

45449 Severn Way, Suite 161
Sterling, VA 20166
Phone: 703-444-4477, ext. 227
Fax: 703-444-4471
Contact: Gary Gertz, V.P. for Procurement

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:

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.

35 Baywood Avenue, Suite 1
San Mateo, CA 94402
Phone: 650-375-1800
Fax: 650-375-8094
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
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
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

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

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
Abilene Office
Healing Hands International
949 Judge Ely Blvd.
Abilene, Texas 79602
Phone: 325-676-9991, Edwin Enzor

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

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.


Blessings International
5881 South Garnett Road
Tulsa, OK 74146
Phone: 918-250-8101
Fax: 918-250-1281

Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB)
10 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 800-678-5659
Fax: 212-242-0930

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
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

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:

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

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.

MedShare International
MedShare International
3240 Clifton Springs Road
Decatur, GA 30034
Phone: 770-323-5858
Fax: 770-323-4301
For general information:
For volunteer information:
For donation information:
For tour information:

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:
Contact: Georgine Lamvu, MD

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

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

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

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.


Vitamin Angel Alliance
1450 Orange Grove Ave.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone: 805-565-9919
Fax: 805-565-9916

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

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:

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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