Medical Supply Program
Shipping aid around the world
Every day, clinic shelves in underdeveloped countries sit empty. Families arrive for help, only to hear the heartbreaking news that the medicine their child needs to survive is not available. Children die because they cannot access basic, yet life saving, medicines.
This need motivates us to procure, pack and ship millions of dollars in medical supplies each year. Our commitment is to the families in need of medication and medical teams in need of supplies in the field.
Since 1986, we've shipped $1.5 billion in medical supplies to more than 100 countries. In fiscal year 2011 (July 1, 2010 - June 30, 2011) $126 million in medicines and supplies were provided to 66 countries. We receive these donations from hospitals, HMOs, medical supply companies, clinics and pharmaceutical companies.
We accept many types of over-the-counter medicines, medical supplies and medical equipment. For a list of items we accept, please refer to our Medical Supply Needs List [PDF]. Please check the expiration date on dated items because we cannot accept items that expire within one year. We regret that we also cannot accept personal prescription medications because of legal restrictions that prevent us from distributing these medicines to others. We do not accept food or clothes.
Learn how your company can get involved.
Medical Teams International is a proud member of The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations alliance.
New Partnership with PL Developments
As part of its new Pallet Donation Program, PL Developments has recently selected Medical Teams International to distribute quality, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals to those in need. With assistance from MTI’s Medical Supply Program staff, shipments of 40+ pallets of supplies are planned to be shipped to MTI several times throughout the year.
Headquartered in Westbury, New York, PL Developments is a leading supplier of over-the-counter, FDA approved products in the analgesic, digestive, sleep/motion, cold/cough and allergy categories.
Portland metro donation program
"Thank you for the baby bottles. We needed them for my new baby brother."
—Melita, age 4
Donna Berry (left), Tom Berry and Rita Hathaway pack supplies headed for homeless shelters. (Photo by Tracey Goldner)
Aspirin and soap may seem inexpensive to most of us, but low-income families have to choose between food or basic hygiene supplies. Social service agencies in the Portland-metro work hard to fill this gap, but they need help. Since 1997, we have assisted these agencies through our program. Please see the list of our current partners.
Resources for current partners
Use our Local Agency Donation Request Form [PDF] to request new supplies. Please e-mail or fax 503.624.1001 completed forms to Mary Ellen Kirian.
New agency partnership applications temporarily suspended
We are currently not accepting applications for partner agencies.
Contact Mary Ellen Kirian at 503.624.1096 to join our waiting list.
Project ideas for young people
Help us collect and package hygiene kits. Learn how to build Hope Kits [PDF].