The cornerstone of Medpacker is our belief that every individual is able to perform meaningful deeds, and that by working together, these achievements become more effective. We are convinced that people in the field know best what is needed in their context, and that objectives are best met through enhancing personal contact, maintaining short ties and making use of shared networks. Trust and reciprocity are the basis of Medpacker’s philosophy.
Our ideology becomes more tangible when applied to (medical) students with an internship abroad or young doctors who wish to work in low- and middle-income countries. Worldwide, many hospitals do not always possess all the necessary equipment to supply their patients the medical care they need. Especially in lower- and middle- income countries, the deficiencies can extend to basic medical resources. Conversely, many hospitals in higher-income countries have a surplus medical inventory. Experience has taught us that, using their network, it can be relatively easy for students or professionals involved in healthcare to access this surplus medical equipment. What has proved to be more difficult however, is obtaining the specific goods a particular hospital may need. We created Medpacker with the idea of setting up centralised depot of surplus medical supplies, where members both donate and collect medical inventory, so that hospitals in need of certain materials have the ability to gain access to them.
What we do
Medpacker is a platform where (medical) students with an internship abroad, or young doctors who wish to work in developing countries can share their knowledge and swap the donations they gathered in order to make distribution of medical aid as efficient as possible. Members organize their own internship or job, gather their own medical donations and assess what is needed on location. Medpacker collects and stores the resources and displays the stock on this website. Medpacker members that have gathered medical equipment can then send us a proposal for an exchange of goods. We then try to find a donation that both pays tribute to the needs of the specific hospital, as well as to the amount of work a medical intern has put into collecting donations. Members are welcomed to our depot as soon as an agreement is reached on a fair and meaningful distribution. Members can then carry the medical equipment with them and take off to their destination. Upon return, we ask our members to write a short account on their experience and the usefulness of the donations, so that others can read about how a small effort made a great difference.
Are you planning an internship or job in healthcare abroad where there is a need for basic medical equipment? Become a Medpacker! Create an account on this website and ask other Medpackers about their experiences. Tell your network about your plans, and ask for donations in the form of medical equipment. Contact your (local) supervisor to ask what their specific needs are. Have a look at the inventory at this website and send us an e-mail with a request for the items you want to bring to the hospital. Swap the donations you have gathered with suitable equipment from our platform. Then, ready your backpack and have a brilliant time abroad!