Delivering Donated Medical Supplies and Equipment To People in Need
Project C.U.R.E.’s Cargo program provides donated medical supplies and equipment delivered in huge semi-truck sized, 40-foot cargo containers. The approximate value of a C.U.R.E. Cargo delivery averages between $350,000 and $450,000, depending on the contents. The contents of a C.U.R.E. Container are specific to the needs of the receiving hospital/clinic. While Project C.U.R.E. has provided medical relief in over 135 countries, C.U.R.E. Cargo is typically delivered to hospitals, clinics, and community health centers serving people making less than $8 per day. Project C.U.R.E. has delivered over $1 billion of donated medical relief since 2000.
The C.U.R.E. Cargo Process
Request for Assistance: The first step in receiving a C.U.R.E. Cargo donation is a Request for Assistance. We believe that the best relationships begin with an invitation for Project C.U.R.E. to assist. A project Partner (recipient) or Sponsor (funder) completes a short on-line Request for Assistance containing basic information about the hospital or clinic, the needs of the people and other important information.
Needs Assessment: A Project C.U.R.E. representative travels to the hospital or clinic, interviews the medical staff, completes an in-depth analysis of the current medical operations and documents the specific needs including photos and/or videos. Logistical and customs arrangements are also confirmed during this visit. The on-site Needs Assessment study ensures that the donated medical supplies and equipment will be appropriate for use by the recipient hospital or clinic, and that logistics and customs requirements can be met.
Inventory Preparation: Based on the Needs Assessment study, Project C.U.R.E. prepares an inventory of the donated medical supplies and equipment to be delivered in the semi-truck sized C.U.R.E. Cargo container. The recipient hospital, clinic and/or the requesting Partner will approve the inventory before the container is shipped. Project C.U.R.E. arranges the shipping details to deliver the container to the hospital or clinic.
Funding: The medical supplies and equipment in the C.U.R.E. Cargo program are 100% donated. Project C.U.R.E. requests reimbursement for the costs incurred including the procurement, warehousing, preparation, shipping and delivery of the donation. On average, the reimbursement is approximately $25,000 per container, but can be more depending on location or other additional items such as electrical transformers.
C.U.R.E. Cargo Delivery: The C.U.R.E. Cargo container will be loaded at Project C.U.R.E.’s warehouse, transported by truck, train and/or boat to the recipient. The donation is typically delivered directly to the hospital or clinic and unloaded there instead of a warehouse. Project C.U.R.E. will provide detailed instructions including the necessary paperwork for importation.
Outcome Evaluation: Following the delivery, a project evaluation is conducted to ensure the quality and quantify that the medical supplies and equipment meet the needs of the community. The results of the Cargo delivery are quantified to measure the outcome.