Before you start collecting medicine at the local level, it is

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Before you start collecting medicine at the local level, it is ...

Before you start collecting medicine at the local level, it is critical to apply for national

    grants to receive donations. Many of our groups have received contributions from such

    organizations as Map International, Catholic Medical Mission Board, Vitamin

    Angels and Heart to Heart. There are existing relationships with these organizations so if you fill out the short application and have a doctor’s signature to endorse your group,

    you should have some success.

***Please note that you have to apply with at least 2-4 months in advance, so don’t

    hesitate. Ask your regional advisor for samples of completed grants that you can use as a



    Helping Overseas Directory 23436 North Stockton Drive

    Farmington Hills, MI 48336

    Contact: H. Bruce Carr


    Phone: 248-474-8916


Hundreds of resources gathered and updated by Bruce.


    U. S. Agency for International Development

    DCHA-PVC 74 Ronald Reagan Building

    Washington, DC 20523-7600

    Contact: Kevin Rafferty

    Manager, Commodities Freight Program


    Phone: 301-424-6888

    Fax: 202-216-3043

    Web: denton.html or

    Due to the recent earthquake in Asia, the Funded Transportation Program is suspended

    until further notice. Please note that ONLY applications for aid to IRAQ are being

    accepted at this time. Please stand by for more information on program reinstatement.

    Thank you for your understanding.

    This has helped non-profit groups get free cargo transportation on U.S. military transport

    planes to send humanitarian goods and equipment to countries in need. It’s done on a

    space available basis, so one may have to wait significantly longer than with commercial

    transportation. Because of possible delays, it probably would be better to use this for

    things other than medicines with expiration dates. Large items, such as an EMS vehicle,

could go this way. The sender must get the goods to an U.S. military air base and be

    responsible for them after they arrive overseas. They’ve helped in Bolivia, Dominican

    Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua and hope to expand elsewhere as

    resources permit.

    Missionary Expediters, Inc.

    5620 Tchoupitoulas

    New Orleans, LA 70115

    Phone: 800-299-6363

    Fax: 800-643-6363



    For nearly five decades, they’ve specialized in getting cargo shipped “from anywhere to

    anywhere” throughout the world for church and other humanitarian groups. Being a fully licensed and bonded international freight forwarder, they can handle virtually all forms of

    shipping, provide warehousing, and proper documentation. In a typical year, they send

    about 3,000 containers in 20 and 40 foot sizes, and about 30% of their business is with

    LCLs (less than container loads) and airfreight.

    Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF)

    P.O. Box 3202

    Redlands, CA 92373-0998

    Phone: 800-359-7623

    Fax: 909-794-3016



    This interdenominational Christian group serves over 300 mission agencies, ministries,

    and other non-profits in 20 countries. Best known for flying their small planes into

    remote areas, they often provide medical emergency transportation and disaster relief

    support. MAF also maintains electronic mail service and satellite phone systems for

    mission groups.

    RMJ Services, Inc.

    P.O. Box 74748

    Romulus, MI 48174

    Phone: 888-893-8111

    Fax: 734-941-8127



    Contacts: Richard Beyer & Rick Kielb

    Many Christian groups use it to send large containers of supplies to mission locations



    600 Bel Air Boulevard, Suite 166

    Mobile, AL 36606

    Phone: 251-473-1010

    Fax: 251-473-1423

    Contact: Audra Murray


    Web: Their name means “Transportation for the Relief of Mankind.” Finding donated shipping

    for overseas mission goods is their goal. They contact various trucking companies to get

    goods to seaports, and then they seek to have cargo ships take them to overseas

    destinations. This outgrowth of the previously described Denton Program seeks to do in

    the private sector the kinds of things that Denton does with surplus military cargo space.

    EQUIPMENT American Medical Resource Foundation, Inc. (AMRF)

    P. O. Box 3609

    Brockton, MA 02404

    Tel: 401-789-4527

    Fax: 401-789-1489


AMRF has donated over 160 million dollars worth of medical equipment and supplies to

    hospitals and clinics in 79 developing countries since 1988. AMRF technicians refurbish

    the equipment and bring it up to necessary specifications before shipping it. They also

    provide biomedical engineering training services to help recipients.


    President and Chief Executive Officer: Lelei LeLaulu

    1200 18th Street, NW

    Suite 1100

    Washington, DC 20036

    (202) 296-9676 (phone)

    (202) 296-9679 (fax)

    General Information, Questions:

Counterpart International is a non-profit international human development organization

    founded in 1965 as the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific.

DRE, Inc. (Diagnostic Related Equipment)

    1800 Williamson Court

    Louisville, KY 40223

Phone: 800-462-8195 or 502-244-4444

    Fax: 502-244-0369


“Medical Equipment for Missions” is a major goal of this company. They supply new

    and refurbished medical equipment such as pulse oximeters, defibrillators, EKG’s,

    infusion pumps, surgical headlights, portable and field anesthesia machines, and much



    45449 Severn Way, Suite 161

    Sterling, VA 20166

    Phone: 703-444-4477, ext. 227 Fax: 703-444-4471


    Contact: Gary Gertz, V.P. for Procurement

INMED’s Material Acquisition Group specializes in providing efficient, cost-effective

    procurement service for medical supplies, equipment, and other essentials to mission

    groups and other non-profits serving overseas. A modest fee is charged for their services.

    Through established relationships with suppliers, manufacturers, and shipping and freight

    companies, INMED is able to offer comprehensive assistance for your procurement needs.

    See their website for more info. This is not related to the INMED in Kansas City that

    helps prepare physicians for serving in the developing world and is described elsewhere

    in this directory.

    International Aid, Inc. (IA) 17011 West Hickory Spring Lake, MI 49456 Phone: 800-968-7490 Fax: 616-846-3842

    Fax for orders: 676-846-7911

    General info. E-mail:

In addition to the general kinds of goods that IA provides, they are a major provider of

    medical equipment and supplies. IA’s Medical Equipment Services Department has

    helped mission hospitals and clinics in over 130 countries.

Quoting them: “We provide new and refurbished medical devices, literature, repairs,

    supplies and technical assistance.” Whether the need is for a microscope, centrifuge,

    physical therapy equipment, or even a complete x-ray unit, they may be able to provide it

    at a cost much less than industry standard. They don’t send anything before thoroughly

    testing it for accuracy and practicality. Many over-the-counter and prescription

medicines are available. Their website includes a catalogue of many goods, and they

    have a 24-hour hotline.


    35 Baywood Avenue, Suite 1

    San Mateo, CA 94402

    Phone: 650-375-1800 Fax: 650-375-8094

    E-mail: Contact: Henry Hamilton, M.D.

This non-profit organization lends mobile medical equipment to assist other non-profits

    providing medical care in developing countries. Most equipment is small enough to go

    on passenger planes. Soon they hope to have enough for six operating rooms.

MEDWorld (Medical Equipment for the Developing World)

    UNC Health Care

    Mailroom Box 517

    101 Manning Drive

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    Phone: 919-966-4131 Fax: 919-966-5833


    Contact: Georgine Lamvu, M.D.

Begun at the University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill, MEDWorld seeks to

    recover surplus medical goods for help in developing countries.

    Remarket Medical, Inc. 7021 Mableton Parkway

    Mableton, Georgia 30126

    Phone: 770-941-9375

    Toll Free: 888-733-1207

    Fax: 770-941-6268


    Owner: Gill King

Buying and selling used medical equipment.

    Medical Bridges, Inc. P.O. Box 300245

    Houston, TX 77230-0245

    Phone: 713-748-8131 Fax: 713-748-0118

Founded in 1997, they have collected and recycled a wide variety of medical goods for

    over 75 countries. They provided over $10,000,000 worth in 2005. Individuals and

    groups going overseas on medical mission trips can request free goods to hand-carry

    from what may be currently in stock. A $350 application fee is asked for large container


Healing Hands International

    Dr. Randy Steger, business and marketing professor at Lipscomb University of Nashville,

    TN, presented a proposal to serve as a pilot program that would utilize the energy and

    abilities of students to contact various medical corporations and individuals to solicit

    donations of supplies. Through this urgent need for humanitarian relief materials the

    Lipscomb students organized the beginning of the Healing Hands ministry, which was

    later incorporated as Healing Hands International in 1994. Since acquiring a 501 (C) (3)

    status in 1994 HHI has shipped to 44 different countries in need. With a number of over

    200 shipments and an additional branch office in Abilene, TX it is evident to see God’s

    hand at work in the ministry.

    455 McNally Drive

    Nashville, Tennessee 37211

    Phone: (615) 832-2000

    Abilene Office Healing Hands International

    949 Judge Ely Blvd.

    Abilene, Texas 79602

    Phone: 325-676-9991, Edwin Enzor

    Project C.U.R.E. International Headquarters Office

    9055 East Mineral Circle

    Suite 220

    Centennial, CO 80112

Voice (303) 792-0729

    Fax (303) 792-0744



Project C.U.R.E. delivers C.U.R.E. Cargo - life-saving medical supplies and equipment

    that are procured from donors - to the neediest people in the world. After determining the

    needs of the recipient hospital or clinic through an arduous on-site assessment, we

    handpick donated items, load them on a 40-foot, steel container and ship them by sea to

    the recipient country. Since our first shipment to Brazil in 1987, not one C.U.R.E. Cargo

container has been lost or confiscated, thanks in part to relationships we have established

    around the world. MEDICINES & SUPPLIES

    Blessings International 5881 South Garnett Road

    Tulsa, OK 74146

    Phone: 918-250-8101

    Fax: 918-250-1281

    E-mail: Web: Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB)

    10 West 17th Street

    New York, NY 10011

    Phone: 800-678-5659

    Fax: 212-242-0930


    Web: CMMB provided over 50 million worth of medicines and medical supplies for free

    distribution in 60 countries in 2002. Their “Physicians on a Mission” program enables

    healthcare professionals to receive free donations to be hand-carried directly to their

    overseas mission site. Much more information and a downloadable application are on

    their website. It should be submitted at least six weeks before departure.

    Direct Relief International (DRI)

    27 South La Patera Lane

    Santa Barbara, CA 93117

    Phone: 800-676-1638

    Fax: 805-681-4838


    Web: Contact: Sue Fowler

    Active since 1948, DRI sent over 67 million dollars worth of medical goods to 53

    countries last year. They emphasize sending large shipments directly overseas. Assistance

    with costs may be requested.

    Interchurch Medical Assistance (IMA)

    P.O. Box 429

    New Windsor, MD 21776

    Phone: 877-241-7952

    Fax: 410-635-8726



    IMA was established by several Christian groups to collect and distribute medical goods

    for overseas use. Their three main programs: (1) General Inventorythis means that one

    may get whatever necessary medicines they have available in stock for 6% of value. (2)

    Their IMA Medicine Box is pre-packed with 17 of the most essential medicines and

    supplies for subsistence health care. Its $350 cost is far less than wholesale value. (3)

    These first two programs are available to any qualified applicant, but the third one is only

    open to physicians. It is the Roche Mission Pack program and offers donated medicines

    from that pharmaceutical firm. If applying for any of these programs for the first time,

    you need to give IMA at least four weeks notice.

    King Benevolent Fund (KBF)

    1119 Commonwealth Avenue

    Bristol, VA 24201

    Phone: 800-321-9234

    Fax: 276-466-0955

    Contact: Art Yannucciello

    His e-mail:

    Web: Begun by a major medical goods producer, KBF distributes pharmaceuticals and other

    medical supplies donated by King and other U.S. firms to medical missionaries serving in

    developing countries. The medicines are free, and they do not charge for shipping them to

    locations within the U.S. so they can be hand carried overseas. About two months notice

    is preferred.

    Project C.U.R.E.

    International Headquarters Office

    9055 East Mineral Circle

    Suite 110

    Centennial, CO 80112

    Voice (303) 792-0729

    Fax (303) 792-0744



C.U.R.E. Kits provide Project C.U.R.E. with an opportunity to assist those who share our

    common vision. We often receive requests for medical supplies from individuals or

    groups traveling to medical mission fields around the globe. An 18" x 18" x 24"

    cardboard box is packed with nearly $3,000 of medical supplies. Project C.U.R.E.

    requests a donation of $150 for each Kit. The size and cost are deceiving - one kit

    provides material to bring health to a surprising number of hurting people.


MedShare International

    MedShare International

    3240 Clifton Springs Road

    Decatur, GA 30034

    Phone: 770-323-5858

    Fax: 770-323-4301

    For general information: For volunteer information: For donation information: For tour information:

Dedicated to recycling surplus medical supplies and equipment for use by healthcare

    institutions in developing countries.

    MEDWorld (Medical Equipment for the Developing World)

    UNC Health Care

    Mailroom Box 517

    101 Manning Drive

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    Phone: 919-966-4131

    Fax: 919-966-5833 Web:

    Contact: Georgine Lamvu, MD


    Begun at the University of North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill, MEDWorld seeks to

    recover surplus medical goods for help in developing countries.

    MERCI (Medical Equipment Recovery of Clean Inventory)

    Contact: Helen M. French, R.N.

    891 Ladd Road

    Waynesboro, VA 22980

    Phone: 540-942-4820 (and fax, but need to call first)

    Pager: 434-970-4307



    This program, under the volunteer direction of an operating room nurse at the University

    of Virginia collects surplus medical supplies and makes them available to mission groups

    and other non-profits.. There is no charge; donations are welcome. MERCI is not set up

    for processing large shipments. Ms. French is glad to share her experiences with anyone

    (especially other operating room nurses) wishing to establish a similar program.

    The Mobility Project (TMP)

    6314 Cripple Creek Lane

    Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Phone: 800-818-8846

    Fax: 719-590-1495


    Web: Over 100,000 wheelchairs annually go into landfills in the many more

    discarded crutches, canes, walkers, and various other related items. TMP seeks to bridge

    this gap by seeking donated used mobility equipment, refurbishing it, and providing

    training about using it.

    REMEDY (Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World)

    3-TMP, 333 Cedar Street

    P.O. Box 208051

    New Haven, CT 06520-8051

    Phone: 203-737-5356

    Fax: 283-785-5241


    Web: REMEDY networks to help make available equipment and opened, but unused, hospital

    materials other than medicines. Their “AIRE-mail” (Agencies for International Relief E-

    mail) computer network can enable a developing world hospital needing an item to

    search the resources of many potential American sources for it almost instantly. Their

    web lists other similar organizations. REMEDY has helped launch and includes

    information on how hospitals can establish programs to recycle medical goods.


    Vitamin Angel Alliance

    1450 Orange Grove Ave.

    Santa Barbara, CA 93105

    Phone: 805-565-9919

    Fax: 805-565-9916


    Web: Since 1994, this non-profit, non-sectarian organization has fought malnutrition and

    childhood blindness around the world. Their specialty is providing vitamin Athe lack

    of which often leads to blindnessin 82 countries. It costs only five cents per child per

    year for the vitamin.

    VOSH/International (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity)

    c/o Dr. Harry Zeltzer (Immediate Past Pres.)

    P.O. Box 209

    Ipswich, MA 01938

    Phone: 978-356-0447

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