Disaster Donations

HOW TO DO THE MOST GOOD IN EMERGENCY SITUATIONS

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Disaster donations are not for amateurs.  

You can help during disasters like hurricane Matthew.  Let’s work together to ensure that emergency donations are made based on an expressed need, at the request of the in-country partner and after a needs assessment confirms that the donation is also appropriate for the setting. Why?  Because inappropriate donations do more harm than good.  After every large scale disaster far too many developing countries are burdened by the relentless influx of useless donations.   Not only do patients not receive the care that they need, but already scarce resources must also be used to dispose of the products that cannot be used.

How You Can Help

Help Fund Supplies and Shipments
Your donation to MSA Accredited Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations (MSROs) will ensure that the right medical supplies are sent to the people ready to do the most good.  Most aid organizations, including MSROs, are better positioned to respond to a crisis during the recovery phase when the needs can be more accurately determined.  Funding to send supplies that will be needed for months and years to come.  
Follow World Health Organization (WHO) and MedSurplus Alliance(MSA) Code of Conduct Guidelines 
If you plan on sending medical products to Haiti, including small hand carried containers, be sure to follow WHO and MSA guidelines.   The Medical Surplus Alliance Code of Conduct is comprised of voluntary standards that were developed with the support of national medical donation experts to help ensure that Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations adhere to World Health Organization guidelines and medical donation best practices.  The Code was designed for MSROs that receive donated medical products, identify usable products, repair or repackage and prepare the products for distribution. However, we also encourage all donors, recipients and medical donation stakeholders to use the Code to evaluate their current practices and to identify qualified MSRO partners.  Visit the  Code of Conduct page to download a PDF version of the Medical Surplus Recovery Organization Code of Conduct or use the online Code of Conduct Toolkit to learn more.   MSA Code of Conduct – Donations in Emergency Situations 
Obtain Reliable Situation Assessments
If you have partners in the impacted area be sure to obtain accurate and current on the ground assessment information.  Conference call briefings provided by international humanitarian aid organizations is one way to attain accurate situation assessments, identify collaboration partners and determine if and when to respond.  Visit the MedSurplus Alliance event page to sign up for the next Hurricane Matthew Update.

Hurricane Matthew Update

map-of-haiti-health-facilities-damage-assessment Hurricane Matthew – Initial Assessment
  • The physical devastation of Hurricane Matthew is comparable to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Haiti has still not fully recovered from 2010. Relief and support efforts will continue for years after Hurricane Matthew.
  • 90% of the Southwestern part of the country has been destroyed.
  • Flood waters contaminated food stockpiles, private gardens are gone.
  • According to USAID, the biggest current needs are food, water, water purification, emergency supplies, construction materials, clothing. Monetary contributions to established relief agencies and MSROs are always the best way to help.
  • Cholera incidence has increased over 50% since the hurricane, and is expected to rise further.
  • Medical supplies will run out requiring ongoing resupply and support.
  • View the PAHO/WHO Situation Report – October 28, 2016
Hurricane Matthew – Reliable Ongoing Assessment Information Sources 

Partner With Qualified and Trusted Organizations

Every part of healthcare—doctors, nurses, technicians, health information systems and support, and others adhere to standards, codes of conduct, and accreditation processes. It should be the same for Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations (MSROs) and everyone involved in medical donations.The MSA Accreditation program is an independent and objective assessment of whether MSROs adhere to World Health Organization Guidelines and the MedSurplus Alliance Code of Conduct.  It authenticates MSRO competence and integrity in Governance, Needs Assessment, Quality and Quantity, Logistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Donations in Emergency Situations, and Disposal. Click on the logos below to see our member’s programs in actions.

Currently two accredited MSROs have responded to Hurricane Matthew.

  • Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach sent a 40-foot container of medical supplies scheduled to arrive on October 18th.  They plan to send 4 additional 40-foot containers.
  • MedShare has sent 3 shipments to Haiti in response to Hurricane Matthew.  The first arrived in Les Cayes on October 21st, the second shipment was sent to to Port-au-Prince and the 3rd shipment arrived in Haiti via AirLink on November 1st.
  • The remaining MSROs are working with their partners to support long term recovery efforts in Haiti and the pharmaceutical clinics impacted in the United States.

The following MSROs are accredited for consumable & medical equipment product donations.  (Domestic & International)

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