MERC is a sub-committee of the West Perth Rotary that collects, sorts, packs and transports superseded medical equipment for use in developing countries, diverting these away from landfill. We help supply health clinics and hospitals predominately based in Asia/Pacific and Africa which provide health care to some of the poorest people in world.

To date, West Perth Rotary has invested over $60,000 into the program since it’s beginning in 2008 and many thousands of volunteer hours.

 Key achievements

       Shipped equipment and supplies to over 20 countries in Africa and Asia/Pacific

       Over 600 hospital beds (manual and electric) have been donated abroad through the program since 2008

       Collaboration with Presbyterian Ladies College Year 9 students volunteering to sort medical equipment since 2009

       Hundreds of tonnes of medical equipment diverted away from landfill.

 

Who have we helped?

Since commencing in 2008, we have been able to help people in many parts of Africa and Asia/Pacific with shipments to over 20 countries. MERC often partners with other charities in Perth to provide supplies which are then on-forwarded to the recipients. In some cases, MERC and West Perth Rotary oversees the packing, shipping and discharge of shipments abroad.

 

Collection Program

MERC continues to build relationships within the WA Government Health Services and Private Health Services sector to ensure a continued supply of medical equipment and consumables. We are also open to personal donations of medical equipment and supplies from private individuals. Our sorting facility is located at Royal Perth Hospital and we also have an off-site storage facility for bulky items.

 

Sorting Programme

MERC has had an ongoing affiliation with Presbyterian Ladies College Year 9 students since 2009 to involve young adults in volunteering opportunities to sort medical supplies and sharing the opportunity to help others less fortunate than ourselves. Parents are also in attendance, leading by example.

 

Items collected

We collect all kinds of medical equipment and supplies which can be used in hospitals and clinics all over the world - many of which have very basic supplies or none at all. 

 

Please click on the link below to see what types of items we sort and stock prior to shipping:

http://rotarywestperth.org/PhotoAlbums/merc-inventory

We do not accept medicines of any nature due to the difficulties arising from dealing with prescription-only medication internationally.

 

Note that availability of items will vary throughout the year based upon recent shipments, amounts sorted and donations received.

 

Can I volunteer or get involved?

At MERC, we always welcome people who are interested to join the program and help us source, sort, package, collect, transport and distribute medical supplies. We also welcome anyone with a medical/nursing background to participate in the program.

 

Need medical supplies for an overseas project?

Please contact MERC co-ordinator Joseph Casella on 0406 943 074 or email pep70@hotmail.com