Humanitarian Crisis & Disaster Response

 

Natural disasters and humanitarian crises trigger our compassion and desire to help in some way. When we see images of suffering, we want to take action.

The difficult part is responding in a way that is actually helpful and appropriate.  Meeting local needs requires waiting for the people who have been directly impacted by the disaster to take the lead and tell us what they need and when they need it.

There are two ways you can help provide the right resources when and where they are needed.
 

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How to Help Ukraine

Donate Money - A little cash goes a long way! 

Ukraine Crisis  "USAID is advising anyone who wants to support relief efforts in Ukraine to make cash contributions to humanitarian organizations conducting relief operations.

 

Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods."  

Please consider donating to experienced humanitarian aid organizations and local organizations responding in Ukraine and surrounding countries.  

World Health Organization - WHO appeal detailing its

resource needs for Ukraine and its surrounding countries.

WHO Foundation - Cash Donations

Medical Supply Donations - WHO Critical Supply Needs List

 

​The United Nations World Food Program (WPF) emergency operation

in response to the crisis.

 

UNHCR The UN Refugee Agency works with authorities, UN agencies, internally displaced community groups, and partners to provide humanitarian assistance.

Medical Donations are not for amateurs!

 

Partner with MSA Accredited Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations (MSRO)

 

Experienced MSROs stand ready with the expertise and partners required to collect, assess, store, manage, and ship donated products where and when they are needed.

 

MSA accredited MSROs, donation partners, and other stakeholders respond to emergencies in the United States and globally by providing donations that meet MSA Code of Conduct Standards which support World Health Organization guidelines. 

Why work with an Accredited MSRO?

  • MSROs and their partners have access to needs, security, logistics, and situational analysis that are not available to the public. The information provided determines if, when, and how the MSRO will respond. 

  • MSROs do not ship expired medical supplies. Supplies with expiration dates must have at least 12 months of life remaining.  

  • MSROs do not accept equipment that does not meet MSA Code of Conduct Standards.   Medical equipment donations should only be made based on an expressed need, at the request of the in-country partner, and after a thorough needs assessment confirms that the donation is also appropriate for the setting. Equipment must be in working condition. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: Accepted donations may not go toward a specific relief effort. However, MSROs will use them to support medical care in other crises or under-resourced settings.