Field Notes from Haiti: Tracing the path of a donated bandage

Help2Heal is committed to using business as a force for good.  For every purchase of a box of our adhesive bandages, we give away an equivalent number of adhesive bandages to resource limited communities around the world through our partnership with Project C.U.R.E, the largest supplier of donated medical supplies and equipment to developing countries.  So how do we get our bandages into the hands of those who need them the most? 

It all starts with a purchase.  Every purchase of Help2Heal products triggers a reciprocal donation to Project C.U.R.E.  Volunteers at the Project C.U.R.E. international headquarters in Denver, Colorado, include our adhesive bandages in “Kits for Kids”, a first aid kit comprised of donated medical supplies that provide basic care to children in developing countries.  These Kits give children access to scarce “medicine cabinet” items that often require a hospital visit to obtain in the developing world.  The availability of Kits for Kids enables basic first aid to be administered at the home, often preventing infection and other complications.  With hospitals sometimes prohibitively far away, these Kits save families valuable time and resources.

Once the volunteers finish assembling the Kits for Kids, they are loaded into a container at the Project C.U.R.E. warehouse.  These containers also often contain C.U.R.E Cargo – medical equipment that provides life-saving tools to improve diagnosis, treatment & care, and C.U.R.E Kits – suitcase sized pre-packed kits that include exam supplies, wound care and personal hygiene items.

The containers are earmarked for communities in which Project C.U.R.E. has undertaken a thorough, on-site assessment process that ensures that every container delivered will meet the specific needs of the recipient hospital or clinic. The relationships formed during the assessments, and maintained over time, enable the continued successful delivery of medical supplies to the people in their communities who need them the most.

Upon receipt of the containers, the local hospital or clinic distributes the Kits for Kids to young families and children.  While distributing the Kits, the contents are explained, and proper sanitation and wound care treatment are detailed.  This education component is crucial, and helps foster a greater knowledge of basic first aid treatment within the community.

Project C.U.R.E strives to deliver health and hope to the world. We at Help2Heal enthusiastically support this mission, and are very proud to contribute adhesive bandages to help achieve that goal.

Posted on May 16, 2016 .