World Medical Relief, Inc.

Serving the Sick and Poor Locally, Nationally, and Internationally Since 1953

aka World Medical Relief, Inc.   |   Southfield, MI   |  www.worldmedicalrelief.org

Mission

Our mission is to facilitate the distribution of surplus medical resources where they are needed. As such, our programs have both a local and international focus. Goods are distributed in a non-discriminatory manner without regard to race, color, gender, religion, nationality or political beliefs. In pursuing the mission, the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff seek t 1.      Relieve human suffering 2.      Demonstrate respect for all customers, clients, and patients 3.      Collaborate with community organizations collectively to provide services to those in need 4.      Maintain a proactive approach to improving services provided

Ruling year info

1961

President & CEO

Dr. George V. Samson

Main address

21725 Melrose Avenue

Southfield, MI 48075 USA

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EIN

38-1575570

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Health Support Services (E60)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Poverty, war, internal conflicts and natural disasters ravage countries around the world. Health care in these places is often inadequate as it crumbles under the stressors of poor management and/or lack of resources. Yet, in the United States there are often surpluses of hospital supplies, equipment, medicine and instruments that can no longer be used. With the help of thousands of volunteers, World Medical Relief collects and sorts these items for distribution to countries that are in dire need. The goods are transported in 40-foot sea-land containers. These shipments are sponsored by governments, NGOs and other partners. Locally in Michigan, World Medical Relief addresses health disparities by dispensing affordable prescription drugs, durable medical equipment, medical supplies, incontinence supplies, and many other products. The agency also assists other human service agencies with thousands of new blankets and hygiene kits.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Affordable Prescription Program

The Affordable Prescription Program, which was started in 1966 as a senior prescription program, is available to persons 18 and older in Michigan who have a low-income and are uninsured or underinsured. World Medical Relief’s licensed pharmacy fills prescriptions and then either mails them or the clients pick them up for a flat fee of $8.30 per prescription. The program is especially helpful to those who need to be on certain medications for the long term like blood pressure and cholesterol medicines.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

World Medical Relief provides a variety of basic medical supplies. These include dressings, kerlix bandages, ostomy supplies, liquid nutritional supplement, liquid nutrition, and other related items. Individuals need a referral from a social service agency or a prescription from a licensed health care professional. WMR provides hygiene kits, blankets, and other items to Detroit area homeless shelters and other community care centers.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Through the DME program, clients’ can obtain canes, walkers, hospital beds, over-the-bed tables, commodes, tub benches, and similar items. Clients need a doctor’s prescription or a social service agency referral to receive durable medical equipment.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Individuals can obtain incontinent supplies (adult briefs and bed pads) at discounted prices.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

World Medical Relief collects and distributes recycled medical and dental equipment, medical supplies, laboratory instruments and medicines to developing nations. Sponsoring organizations such as churches, service groups and medical missionaries may apply for assistance. Supplies and equipment are either shipped via forty-foot containers or hand-carried by medical missionaries. All shipments must be received by licensed medical facilities or personnel at their point of destination.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of pounds of medical surplus supplies shipped to communities in need

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

International Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, we had 81 community organizations volunteer at World Medical Relief. Volunteers assist with tasks such as sorting medical supplies and medicines.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The volunteers are the backbone of World Medical Relief. Due to the pandemic, we could only allow a limited number of volunteers.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to facilitate the distribution of surplus medical resources where they are needed. As such, our programs have both local and international focus.

Goods are distributed in a non-discriminatory manner without regard to race, color, gender, religion, nationality or political beliefs.

In pursuing the mission, the Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff seek to:
• Relieve human suffering
• Demonstrate respect for all customers, clients, and patients
• Collaborate with community organizations collectively to provide services to those in need
• Maintain a proactive approach to improving services provided


World Medical Relief operates five programs that provide medication, medical equipment, and medical supplies at little or no cost to low-income people in metro Detroit and throughout the world.

Key to fulfilling our mission is the collaboration with many partners.
To obtain supplies, equipment, and medicines:
1. Hospitals, clinics, corporations and the general public donate medical supplies, equipment, medicines, incontinence supplies, blankets, etc.
To ensure successful shipments:
2. Partnerships with sponsors and recipients of the container shipments to countries suffering from poverty, war, and/or natural disaster.
To ensure that we distribute blankets and hygiene kits to the people who need it most:
3. Partnerships with 60+ homeless shelters, churches and human service agencies to distribute blankets and hygiene kits in Metro Detroit.
To ensure that we have enough volunteers to prepare the shipments according to WHO standards:
4. Partnerships with universities, students clubs, churches, schools, and individuals, who come and volunteer at World Medical Relief.

1. World Medical Relief has a well-functioning and supportive board of directors
2. World Medical Relief has qualified and mission oriented staff and management
3. World Medical Relief the proper financial controls in place and receives an independent financial audit each year.
4. World Medical Relief operates out of a building that is centrally located and has ample parking space for volunteers as well as sufficient loading docks to receive the donations and ship the international containers and to receive the 10,000+ blankets for the homeless and very poor in Metro Detroit.
5. World Medical Relief has donors and other funding sources to support its programming.

World Medical Relief operates five programs that provide medication, medical equipment, and medical supplies at little or no cost to low-income people in metro Detroit and throughout the world.

ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2020:

In 2020, despite the many challenges, we were able to keep the agency’s doors open and retain all staff. While working with a reduced number of volunteers (limited number of people allowed in the building to make sure that everyone is working at a safe distance) the International Shipping Program sent 53 forty foot containers of donated medical supplies to various countries requesting aid, with an estimated total value of $30,868,399 and weight of 803,728 pounds. These containers each serve an estimated 20,000 people once received.
Due to the pandemic, the pacemaker reconditioning program came to a halt in 2020 but recently started back up with 6 pacemakers implanted in Haiti and 1 sent to Venezuela were it saved a poor Venezuelan’s life.
In 2020, our Affordable Prescription Program provided 1,768 separate scripts, with a value of $1,993,962, to local residents for an $8.30 handling fee per prescription. Additionally, our Durable Medical Equipment and Local Shipping Programs provide medical equipment, supplies, new blankets, and hygiene kits to the local community. These programs served over 13,000 community members in 2020 with a total value of goods delivered at $297,816.
To make the blanket distribution possible, World Medical Relief collaborated with 60 partner agencies. None of these programs would be possible without the generous donation of time from our volunteers. In 2020, 1,320 volunteers, along with 81 community organizations donated almost 15,000 hours of their time.

Financials

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World Medical Relief, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike Baydoun

Tristar International

Term: 2018 - 2022

Nidhal Garmo

One World Medical Mission

Barima Opong-Owusu

Retired

Rebecca Tungol

President, PACCM

Greg Baise

WCPA, FAWN

Bill Bazzi

Mayor, Dearborn Heights

Kristi Crawford

Ellis Porter

Ernestina De los Santos Mac

Retired

Ned Fawaz

President, Energy International

Bruce George

Global Macro Hedge Fund

Wally Jadan

President, MEA Radio & Television

Frank Julian

President, FAWN

Thomas Komjathy

Plymouth Technology

Al Romero MD

Co-founder My Heart Your Heart

Michael Skinner

Huntington Bank

George Samson

CEO, World Medical Relief - Ex-Officio

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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