Medical Supply Recycling Programs
Adopted at the 2004 MSS Annual Meeting, MSS Resolution 24 - "Endorsing Remedy and Encouraging Implementation of Similar Programs at Medical Institutions Throughout the United States" - directed the MSS to promote organizations that provide medical equipment to underserved areas via recycling programs. The resolution also directed school sections to urge their local hospitals and clinics to be involved in such programs.
In order to aid school sections in this endeavor, the MSS has compiled a list of different programs that schools can use to implement such programs at a local level.
Books for Africa (BFA)
BFA is a non-profit organization that collects English-language books and works with NGOs to distribute them to children, students, and libraries in Africa. Although the organization does not accept magazines (e.g. JAMA), BFA does accept donations of used medical and nursing textbooks.
InterVol Recovery of Unused Medical Supplies (RUMS) program
RUMS saves medical supplies and equipment that otherwise would be destroyed or placed in area landfills. The supplies and equipment are donated to local community organizations and to developing countries. InterVol makes scheduled collection visits and coordinates special pick ups for larger items and equipment.
MedShare is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving healthcare and the environment through the efficient recovery and redistribution of the surplus of medical supplies and equipment to those most in need. MedShare collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, medical distribution companies, and individuals, and then redistributes them to qualified healthcare facilities in the developing world. The organization also outfits medical missions and safety net clinics in both the U.S. and abroad.
Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World (REMEDY)
REMEDY is a non-profit organization dedicated to actively promoting the recovery of unused medical supplies for the purpose of global aid, waste reduction, and cost-effectiveness. REMEDY offers a free start up kit for any hospital that is interested in implementing a similar program including a video, CD, teaching manual, instructional handouts, carts and collecting bags, labels, stickers, and brochures.
International Medical Equipment Collaborative (IMEC)
IMEC, a nonprofit organization, specializes in green solutions for managing medical surplus. IMEC recovers and repurposes medical equipment and supplies at no cost to healthcare organizations, and redistributes the surplus to resource-constrained communities. IMEC also works with healthcare organizations and equipment manufacturers to minimize environmental impact for trade-ins. For easy tracking, IMEC sends out individualized quarterly environmental impact reports to donating organizations. Under discretionary circumstances, IMEC may purchase equipment from healthcare organizations.
Advocates for World Health
is a Tampa, FL based nonprofit organization that recovers surplus medical supplies from United States medical manufacturers and healthcare providers. AWH then redistributes those supplies to healthcare providers in developing countries that treat under-served patient populations. AWH redistributes supplies through direct shipments to international sites as well as medical aid trips.