Natural disasters and humanitarian crises trigger our compassion and desire to help. When we see images of suffering, we want to take action.
Meeting local needs requires waiting for the people directly impacted by the disaster to take the lead and tell us what they need so that we prevent the "second disaster" created by the challenge of disposing of unwanted donations of medical supplies.
There are two ways you can help provide the right resources when and where they are needed.
Donate Money - A little cash goes a long way!
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 MSA Accredited MSROs, professional humanitarian aid organizations, and local organizations responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises.
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 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 partner with an Accredited MSRO?
The MSA Accreditation program formally evaluates an organization's capacity to adhere to the MSA Standards and World Health Organization donation guidelines. Following the standards prevents a "second disaster" created by unwanted and inappropriate donations. MSA Standards
MSROs and their partners have access to needs, security, logistics, and situational analysis that are unavailable to the public. The information provided determines if, when, and how the MSRO will respond. See examples below.
Turkey Earthquake Response - MedShare
The Government of Turkey has issued a call for international assistance, and MedShare is responding. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, MedShare has:
Activated our disaster response protocol
Opened our primary care supply centers to groups traveling to the region to provide aid
Reached out to half a dozen existing partners providing emergency aid in Turkey and Syria
Started planning our first large-scale shipments of aid
Since 2009 MedShare has moved fourteen 40’ ocean containers of aid to humanitarian partners in Turkey and provisioned 16 US-based medical and surgical teams traveling to the region.
In total MedShare has distributed over $4.7 million in aid, and supported over 175,000 patients and healthcare workers.