PUBLIC HEALTH

How to donate medical supplies in 130 countries

As the largest provider of donated medical supplies in the world, Project C.U.R.E. (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) has reached the underserved in over 130 countries over the course of its history. Through a variety of unique programs, including Philanthrotravel and C.U.R.E. coffee, the organization successfully redistributes medical equipment throughout the world. The goal is that no one has to be turned away from a clinic because there aren’t enough supplies or equipment.

The Project C.U.R.E. was founded in 1987 by James Jackson, who was working as an international economic consultant in developing countries when his work put him face to face with the needs of the sick and dying. During a trip to Brazil, Dr. Jackson visited a small clinic near Rio de Janeiro, where he learned that patients were often turned away due to a lack of basic medical supplies. Jackson was moved to action, making a promise to the clinic doctor that he would help provide relief to the people there.

Dr. Jackson returned to his home in Evergreen, Colorado, and with the assistance of friends in the medical industry collected $250,000 of medical supplies in his garage in just 30 days time. By personally paying the shipping expenses, Jackson was able to send an ocean-going cargo container carrying the donated supplies to Brazil. In 1997 James Jackson’s son, Dr. Douglas Jackson, became President & CEO of Project C.U.R.E..

From its humble beginnings in Colorado, Project C.U.R.E. has now expanded to many other cities across the United States. Currently, the organisation maintains large distribution warehouses in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Tennessee. In addition, the project has established smaller collection centers several other states where donated items are gathered and then delivered to its warehouses. Project C.U.R.E. now collects medical donations in 15 U.S. cities.

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Website: http://projectcure.org/