The Humanitarian Aid program at MedWish exists to outfit humanitarian aid workers, hospitals and clinics with the supplies needed to improve lives for people in developing and crisis-stricken countries. If you are interested in receiving supplies through MedWish, please review all of the following information before contacting us to begin the request process.
For individuals and groups traveling overseas for humanitarian aid work, our hand-carried shipments fuel smaller projects, like medical mission trips. Our commitment to customization begins with hand-carried shipments, which allow our partners to take only what they need and check it with their luggage. Hand carried shipments can range from a small box of wound care items to several suitcases for your group.
For outfitting clinics, hospitals and larger projects, MedWish fulfills wish lists for freight shipments ranging from a single pallet to a ready-to-ship 40’ overseas cargo container.
MedWish partners with domestic non-profits, faith-based organizations, schools and students to repurpose supplies unfit for humanitarian aid distribution. Those interested in receiving supplies should complete an application form.
Because of the many nuances and challenges of shipping overseas, MedWish requires clients to 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.
MedWish is always in need of technical expertise from biomedical technicians to test and repair donated equipment. If you are a biomedical technician who lives near Cleveland and would like to volunteer your services, please visit our volunteer page to learn more.
Freight Shipment – Overseas
40’ container (or equivalent) | $7,500
20’ container (or equivalent) | $4,000
Freight Shipment – Domestic (for further processing prior to international shipment)
20’ box truck | $2,000
Pallet | $400
For all freight shipments, a 50% non-refundable deposit is due prior to packing list assembly with remaining fees payable prior to shipment.
Custom packed and shipped | $3 per pound
Custom packed and picked up at MedWish | $2 per pound
Self-service shopping | $1 per pound
Custom packed orders require a $50 deposit prior to order assembly. Once order is assembled, sponsors will be reimbursed if final fee is less than $50, or will have the balance due prior to shipment. Self-serve clients are asked to pay fees before they leave with the items.
Alternative recycling supplies
Alternative recycling supplies are provided at no cost, but donations are encouraged to allow us to continue and grow this program.
The following payment options are available: U.S. check, credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) or wire transfer.
Partner organizations are expected to make a good faith effort to raise funds to cover their fee for service. In special circumstances, MedWish may work with partners to identify potential fundraising or grant funding opportunities to cover shortfalls.
Returning partners who have worked with MedWish before may contact our staff directly to coordinate future shipments, though if significant time has lapsed or there are changes to your organization’s status or affiliations, we may request an updated application.
All applicants should permit ample time for order processing: at least two weeks for alternative recycling orders, four weeks for hand-carry supplies and eight weeks for freight shipments.Follow-up
Our greatest goal is for the work we do to achieve sustained, lifesaving impact in developing countries. Your feedback, through our satisfaction survey and the ethical collection and sharing of stories about your impact, will help us improve our processes and share the importance of our work with those who support us.