People living in extreme poverty in Sierra Leone suffer greatly from ill health, disease and malnutrition. This project will send one shipping container full of vital medical aid to rural health centres and hospitals where they constantly face shortages of vital healthcare supplies. Everything in the container is donated surplus healthcare goods which would otherwise have been incinerated. Up to half a million beneficiary patients, 60% children, will access the healthcare goods free of charge.
There is a huge strain on African health systems imposed by the high burden of life-threatening communicable diseases, coupled with increasing rates of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and heart disease. Sub-Saharan Africa, with about 11% of the world's population bears over 24% of the global disease burden, and spends less than 1% of the world's financial resources on health.
Each year Inter Care continually send hundreds of parcels of medical aid to partner health units in Africa, each with a minimum medical aid value of 6,000, typically costing 500. Usually we send these parcels internationally by courier however, recent price increases mean this method is now very expensive. By using a shipping container we can send the large, heavier, high volume goods 70% cheaper, thereby providing more vital medical aid for the same cost.
This project will benefit thousands of very financially poor patients living in rural Sierra Leone by supporting affordable access to vital healthcare. Inter Care have been supplementing medical supplies to Sierra Leone's healthcare system since 2006 - Our impact is 500,000 patients helped each year. Achieved by recycling quality healthcare products from the UK, sending them directly to where they are needed, to provide often life saving treatments to local people every day.