There are currently thousands of durable medical devices cluttering US households. Often, a US patient uses various medical devices for a temporary amount of time before discarding it despite the device's potential to be reused, the excess amount of preventable "medical waste" leaves behind a large carbon footprint.
By collecting these medical devices after their use by US patients, Project Embrace reducing the amount of preventable "medical waste" in community and helps meet global health demands.
In 2015, the United Nations initiated the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with SDG #3 aiming to "ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages". Furthermore, goal 3.8 seeks to "achieve universal health coverage (UHC), including [...] access to quality essential health care services" by 2030.
By donating our collected devices to nongovernmental healthcare facilities abroad, Project Embrace increases the capacity of local health care professionals to serve patients in resource-poor communities who otherwise have limited access to quality medical equipment.
Many pediatric patients in low and middle-income countries suffer from a variety of debilitating conditions, and many require urgent attention. However, due to the high volume of patients in many developing communities, not all children get the medical technology they need. We want to change that.
By taking previously owned medical equipment to these communities, Project Embrace not only helps meet the patient's specific need, but does so in an innovative way that questions what we consider to be "medical waste".