Matt Waters, a UNC graduate and alumni of Project HEAL, MedPLUS' sister organization, shared this article with us: http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/01/health/cnnheroes-medical-supplies/index.html?hpt=hp_bn10.
The article explains "There are thousands of tons of medical supplies thrown away every day that are unused or clearly reusable," said Dr. Bruce Charash, a cardiologist in New York.
Richard St. Denis, a CNN Hero, collects discarded wheelchairs through his nonprofit, World Access Project. With help from another U.S.-based nonprofit, Hope Haven, the wheelchairs are refurbished by senior citizen volunteers and prison inmates in Iowa before being shipped to rural Mexico.
We are so impressed with all of the work that Richard St. Denis and other recovery organizations are doing! Hopefully, increased publicity will encourage more hospitals and manufacturers to donate supplies and equipment.