The MedSurplus Alliance Responds
Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations (MSROs) make it possible for doctors, nurses, and healthcare workers to combat disease outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics by providing the supplies and equipment they need.
When COVID-19 emerged in Asia, MSROs were well prepared to provide millions of masks, gowns, and gloves to combat the initial epidemic.
Today as the virus spreads at home, the MSA and its members have turned their attention to meeting local needs. They provide donations, support supply chain collaborations, and provide warehouse services to donors, hospitals, and health systems, managing the surge of supplies required to treat patients.
How to Help
We encourage donors to include the following considerations in their donation policy and planning process when responding to domestic and international requests during the current shortage.
Donate Cash COVID is a long-term crisis, and cash provides the flexibility that relief organizations flexibility to meet changing needs.
Product and In-Kind Donations
Expressed need. Donate in response to a direct request from a qualified organization.
Confirmed infection. Donate to a qualified organization operating in a domestic or international location with confirmed coronavirus infection.
Vulnerable populations. Consider donating to organizations serving vulnerable populations, including those working in low-resource countries or those serving fragile communities in domestic environments with increased potential for infection.
Probability of timely and secure delivery. Good stewardship may require donors to limit international donations to locations where shipping is prohibited or delayed until there is stable and reliable transport.