International Aid

Working with healthcare facilities and medical missions around the world, MedWish accepts applications for medical aid and matches our extensive inventory with recipient's needs.

To date, MedWish has shipped to recipients in 114 countries ranging from one piece of equipment, a box of supplies, or a full 40' cargo container.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

MedWish was founded as an international humanitarian aid organization, working to get critically needed medical supplies into the hands of those in need around the world since our inception in 1993. Recipients of our supply shipments are primarily clinics and hospitals located throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Central & South America.
Patient needs often range from preventive and routine care to chronic and life-threatening conditions. MedWish works with each of our recipients to establish a specific wish list of the needed items in order to properly prepare each shipment. The supplies we distribute provide doctors and nurses with the items they often lack otherwise.

Our Impact

since 1993

Countries Served
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Pounds of International Humanitarian Aid Shipped
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Recipient Agencies
oksana & ligasure
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brian smith in honduras
jacob - supply drive
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BECOME A RECIPIENT

All recipients must meet our eligibility criteria and submit an application.

Eligibility requirements and application information can be found below. Once your application has been accepted, a member of the MedWish team will contact you to build a customized request list based on your needs and the item's availability.

Our inventory is constantly changing; we cannot guarantee that requested items are in stock but we can help provide you with more information about their availability. 

Please note: MedWish does NOT carry pharmaceuticals, food, office furniture or clothing.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a recognized nonprofit organization using supplies for international relief/health care to serve the poor in developing countries.
  • Must not use donated surplus for sale or as a means for profit.
  • Must have representation both from a 501(c)(3) U.S.-based nonprofit contact as well as a contact in the destination country.
  • Must demonstrate ability/commitment to paying MedWish’s processing and handling fee. (Please review Financial Responsibility section for more information.)
  • Must be an active participant in organizing shipping and customs.
  • Must provide timely and detailed feedback once a shipment is received.
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to serving all people regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.

Application Process

New recipients must complete an application. In preparation for this process, please gather the following information:

  • Contact information for the overseas beneficiary to which supplies will be delivered
  • Contact information for U.S. organization requesting supplies. Must provide 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination.
  • Project and organizational information to accurately describe the needs your requested items will be serving
  • Contact information for medical professional responsible for developing the wish list
  • Your wish list of items you are requesting from MedWish

Once your application is submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. We will follow up with you within 3-5 business days of your application submission.

Repeat Requests

Returning partners who have worked with MedWish before may contact our staff directly to coordinate future shipments.

If you are a returning recipient but have not received/requested supplies in 5+ years, please submit an updated application.

Timeline

Hand-Carried Shipments: 2-4 weeks

Freight Shipments: 8 weeks

Expedited shipments will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be assessed a rush fee of 25% of the total fee for service.

Follow-Up

All recipients are required to report back to MedWish within 60 days of arrival of the shipment to its final destination.

Click here to submit the feedback form online along with any photos, notes, or other materials you wish to include.

MedWish reserves the right to deny future shipments if the recipient fails to provide feedback.

Delivery Options

Hand-Carried Shipments

Hand-carried shipments are best for smaller projects, like medical mission trips or situations that may require a more immediate response. This method of transport can range from a small box to several suitcases and allows individuals or groups to take only what they need and check it with their luggage.

Recipients must make an appointment if picking up supplies at the MedWish Warehouse. Please call 216-692-1685.

Please note: To receive a hand-carried shipment, you must have a contact at your international destination who can provide a wish list of needed items for humanitarian/charitable health care. MedWish does not provide coordinating services between travelers and potential recipients.

Freight Shipments

MedWish has the ability to fulfill wish lists for larger projects, like outfitting clinics or hospitals. Our warehouse staff can pack shipments ranging from a single pallet to a fully-packed, ready-to-ship 40’ shipping container. 

Please note: Recipients of MedWish supplies must coordinate their own shipping and customs arrangements. If you are new to overseas shipping, we may be able to refer you to resources for more information to help with the process.

Financial Responsibilities

Recipients are not charged for the medical equipment and supplies that MedWish provides. Processing and handling fees still apply based on the scale of the order, not the commercial or intrinsic value of the item(s). Because of the ongoing support of various individuals, corporations, and foundations, we are able to reduce these fees to a portion of the costs.

No payment is due at the time of application. A 50% non-refundable deposit is due prior to packing list assembly with remaining fees due prior to shipment. Shipping costs are in addition to the processing and handling fee.

Processing & Handling Fees

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*Approximate value. Updated annually.

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Payment Options

The following payment options are available: U.S. check, credit card (AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover) or wire transfer.

questions? Please contact internationalaid@medwish.org or 216.692.1685 x99.

Thank you for your interest in receiving medical supplies and/or equipment through MedWish. Please review information and requirements before submitting a request.