Health -- General and Rehabilitative

MedWish International

Repurpose. Save Lives

aka MedWish International

Cleveland, OH


Founded in 1993, MedWish International is a not-for-profit organization that saves lives and the environment by repurposing discarded medical supplies and equipment to provide humanitarian aid in developing countries.

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Executive Director

Ms. Carolina Masri

Main Address

1625 1625 E. 31st Street

Cleveland, OH 44114 USA


medical supplies, medical equipment, recycling, humanitarian aid, international humanitarian aid, health care, medical surplus, environment, developing countries, disabilities





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Each year millions of men, women, and children worldwide die from lack of access to adequate health care. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that in 2015, 5.9 million children under the age of five died worldwide, and the leading causes of death in these children were preventable and treatable conditions. Also, according to the WHO, more than half of these early childhood deaths were due to conditions that could have been easily prevented or treated with access to simple, affordable interventions, but without basic medical care, these individuals are more likely to live shorter lives. MedWish aims to provide healthcare institutions around the world with the medical equipment they need to serve local populations and fill any voids in supply.

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Humanitarian Aid Program

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Our Results

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Number of lives touched or impacted.

Population(s) served


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Humanitarian Aid Program

Context notes

Each year MedWish donates thousands of pounds of repurposed medical supplies and equipment to medical facilities in the developing world. It's estimated that 1 million people benefit by these efforts.

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MedWish works with healthcare facilities in developing countries, as well as medical mission groups to provide the medical equipment they need to serve local populations and fill any voids in supply. The most frequently requested items include adhesive bandages, crutches, gauze, gloves, hospital beds and mattresses, surgical drapes, surgical gowns, sutures, stethoscopes, tongue depressors, toothbrushes, walkers and wheelchairs. MedWish Goals, Objectives and Activities With donors' support, MedWish is working continuously to achieve the following goals: • To procure 500,000 pounds of discarded medical supplies and equipment from healthcare partners, reducing the amount of medical waste entering Northeast Ohio landfills. • To increase the number of sources for donated goods by developing relationships with healthcare providers or health-focused companies every year. • To ship at least 20 40-foot containers, or the equivalency to healthcare providers in the developing world. • To continue to vet new organizations in need of medical supplies. • To provide 150+ hand-carry shipments for use in medical and humanitarian mission trips. • Maintain relationships with volunteer groups and partner to ensure the continuation of its robust volunteer program, resulting in the donation of thousands of volunteer service hours.

As MedWish tries to double the number of lives touched or impacted every year, its board of directors is exploring the following strategies: - To hire someone dedicated to outreach who will focus efforts in the Cleveland and surrounding areas. - To focus efforts on receiving durable medical equipment (DME) donations to enable more shipments. - To maximize and deepen existing relationships with donors in Cleveland and surrounding local areas. - To deepen relationships with individual supply donors. - To reduce the financial burden on recipients. - To develop a local giving program Additionally, sustainability is crucial, and the board of directors is currently focusing on launching a major gift campaign, expanding the Development team, and increasing peer to peer fundraising opportunities.

During the next 2 years, MedWish will focus on increasing the levels of sustainability, that will ultimately increase resources in order to touch and impact more and more lives every year.

MedWish keeps detailed records on its operations to evaluate the success of its programs. It tracks the number of requests for donations of medical supplies that it receives as well as how many of those requests it is able to fulfill. MedWish maintains records on the amount and types of medical supplies it procures from healthcare providers and the amount and types of supplies donated through humanitarian aid. It also tracks each shipment’s size and the organization and nation to which it is shipped. Each year MedWish donates hundreds of thousands of pounds of repurposed medical supplies and equipment to medical facilities in the developing world. However, in many instances MedWish is unable to track the exact number of individuals impacted by its donations. The supplies are used by doctors and nurses at individual healthcare facilities that do not have the means or technology to track the number of patients that they serve. Instead, MedWish relies on testimonials from the recipient organizations to gage its impact, as described in the following examples: • For over a decade, MedWish has been helping clinics and hospitals throughout Honduras, including the Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic in Nuevo Paraiso. In 2016, MedWish shipped more than 60,000 pounds of lifesaving medical supplies and equipment to the clinic via military air transport, through a program which allows humanitarian organizations to use excess military cargo storage space free of charge for shipments of aid. The clinic is the only primary care facility serving a regional population of approximately 100,000 people. Over the years, MedWish has sent thousands of pounds of medical supplies and equipment to the clinic, where supplies eventually are distributed throughout all of Honduras for use by other healthcare institutions. Thanks to MedWish’s donations, the Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic provides comprehensive care to the community, including 24-hour emergency medical care, general consultations, dental services, labor and delivery care, laboratory services, pharmacy and ambulance services. Additionally, it has three operating rooms, an imaging suite, 40 inpatient beds and an outpatient clinic. Santa Rosa de Lima Clinic also operates a maternal health program, which helps to deliver more than 40 babies annually. MedWish’s contributions are making a profound and transformational impact in Nuevo Paraiso and throughout Honduras. It is estimated that MedWish touches the lives of approximately 1,000,000 people in need every year, and its goal is to double this impact in the next 4 years.

MedWish executes its mission through efforts around procurement of supplies, shipment of aid, utilization of volunteers, and medical mission trips. Its process is threefold: Recover—Repurpose—Redistribute. Through its Medical Surplus Recovery efforts, MedWish has salvaged hundreds of thousands of pounds of usable medical surplus from the waste stream each year for distribution to healthcare organizations in developing nations. The organization has worked with 134 procurement partner healthcare organizations throughout the years, and with these partnerships, MedWish has obtained safe, sterile, useable medical supplies. Through this recovery process, MedWish has kept an average of half million pounds of supplies out of local landfills every year. Over the last 25 years, MedWish has recovered more than 5 million pounds of medical surplus. In 2017, MedWish procured 471,092 pounds of usable medical equipment from its healthcare partners, keeping it out of landfills primarily located in Northeast Ohio. Additionally, with the help of dedicated volunteers—including those in the Skill Building program—MedWish has recovered, sorted, processed, evaluated, inventoried, and prepared the equipment and supplies for shipment to those in need. MedWish’s internal quality control systems have ensured that the supplies it ships are current, sterile and of use to the recipient organization. MedWish adheres to WHO guidelines regarding donation of medical equipment, and strict internal policies dictate to MedWish staff and volunteers which equipment is eligible for shipment and which should be recycled. Since its inception and with more than 4,000 volunteers check-ins every year, MedWish has shipped an average of 150 shipments containing nearly 305,000 pounds of lifesaving medical materials to healthcare facilities in more than 100 developing nations on five continents. MedWish estimates that around 1 million people around the world benefited from its efforts in 2017.

External Reviews

Awards & Accreditations

Medical Surplus Alliance

Affiliations & Memberships

Medical Surplus Alliance


MedWish International

Fiscal year: Feb 01 - Jan 31

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