The Challenge

MEDICAL SUPPLIES ARE A TERRIBLE THING TO WASTE


THE CHALLENGE

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Obras Sociales del Santo Hermano Pedro, Antiqua, Guatemala. Anna Tenne Photography

Every year, thousands of medical product donation shipments are sent to developing countries and charitable clinics in the United States; intended to help doctors, nurses and community health workers meet the healthcare needs of patients in their communities. As a result, millions of lives are saved that would have otherwise been lost to preventable diseases.
    However, far too many developing countries are burdened by the relentless influx of useless equipment, devices and other medical products into their healthcare settings. In the United States, clinics serving the poor also receive inappropriate product donations.  Not only do patients not receive the care that they need, but also already scarce resources must be used to dispose of the products that cannot be used. Why does it matter?   MedWish partner, Ian Rawson of Hôpital Albert Schweitzer in Haiti explains. Why Medwish doesn't accept
       
         

          THE SOLUTION

          The MedSurplus Alliance has created the first comprehensive capacity building program for medical product donation stakeholders.
          • STANDARDS – The MedSurplus Alliance Code of Conduct is comprised of voluntary standards aligned with World Health Organization guidelines and developed with the support of national medical product donation experts.
          • CAPACITY BUILDING RESOURCES – The Code of Conduct, Toolkit and Accreditation Program offer all stakeholders specific resources to evaluate and improve product donation programs.
          • COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE The MSA has created an open, accessible and affordable medical donation community of practice. 

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