Unused Medical Supplies & Inventory Initiative
On a recent trip in West Africa, a Humanity First Team visited a 60 bed hospital where an EKG machine was not working. The problem: no EKG paper. A 6 pack roll which would last for several hundred patients costs about $12 dollars. However, requests to family members abroad from the physicians working there took about 12 months for the EKG paper to reach to the hospital but hundreds of patients did not receive EKGs and the resulting human cost is obvious.
Humanity First’s Unused Medical Supplies & Inventory Initiative
Humanity First USA received unused medical supplies from US hospitals for shipment abroad, primarily to West African countries and other underdeveloped nations. Humanity First typically focuses on high value items or those not available in local markets to hospitals. These supplies are tracked by Humanity First’s newly developed worldwide inventory system and are provided at a cost basis (typically shipping only). Additionally, Humanity First’s inventory system also allows hospitals in underdeveloped nations to identify specific items sitting in, for example, US warehouses for subsequent shipment with the next delivery to the region.
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.