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How are MSA Stakeholders responding to the outbreak?

MedSurplus Alliance Accredited members are sending requested and appropriate medical supplies to China to help combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.


Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, SOS, and Medshare, partnered with Atlanta based UPS, and The UPS Foundation to deliver over 4 million masks and other essential supplies to health providers in Shanghai. (photo credit SOS)

Want to help? Donate cash. 

Guidance and Resources

How should donors and their MSRO partners allocate PPE and other medical supplies during the current supply shortage?


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.


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.

What does WHO say about the rational use of personal protective equipment for coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?  

WHO Interim Guidance Document

"This document summarizes WHO’s recommendations for the rational use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare and community settings, as well as during the handling of cargo; in this context, PPE includes gloves, medical masks, goggles or a face shield, and gowns, as well as for specific procedures, respirators (i.e., N95 or FFP2 standard or equivalent) and aprons. This document is intended for those who are involved in distributing and managing PPE, as well as public health authorities and individuals in healthcare and community settings, and it aims to provide information about when PPE use is most appropriate."  Rational use of PPE 2020-02-27e_en_28FEB2020_marissa.docx

How do inappropriate donations impact the outbreak response effort?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring the outbreak of a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City.   

Millions of masks, gowns, and specialized supplies are needed to protect health care workers and prevent the spread of the virus and the world is responding by donating products.  Unfortunately, many donations are not suitable and must be destroyed.

CNN reports that "Wuhan officials have pointed to a high demand for supplies from hospitals, and the wrong kind of items being donated, as reasons for the continued shortage of equipment, according to state media.  The doctor in Huanggang said the Red Cross had been "overwhelmed." "They don't have enough people to register the goods, they're really slow. But we have to be sympathetic," he said, adding that many public donations were poor quality. "Ninety percent of the stuff we're getting is not up to standard," he said."Full Story by Julia Hollingsworth and Natalie Thomas, CNN


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