GE Healthcare donates used medical equipment to International Aid for use in developing countries

14 June 2007

Spring Lake, Mich. & Waukesha, Wis. USA. GE Healthcare has formed a partnership with global humanitarian healthcare agency International Aid to supply medical equipment to developing countries.

GE Healthcare will donate previously used equipment to International Aid. To start with this will be anaesthesia machines and ventilators, but it is planned to be extended to cover a variety of other equipment, including maternal and infant care equipment, patient monitors and ultrasound systems.

GE will provide training to International Aid engineering staff to enable International Aid to service the equipment. International Aid will refurbish and distribute the products overseas and will also provide education and product support to help local hospitals successfully deploy the donated equipment.

International Aid will coordinate the transport of the donated equipment from the company’s Wisconsin-based facilities to International Aid’s headquarters facility in Spring Lake, Michigan. There, a dedicated International Aid team will refurbish the equipment for distribution overseas and manage all related, logistical arrangements.

The new initiative is expected to involve the global distribution of more than 200 devices annually.

International Aid's operations

International Aid is currently a leading non-profit refurbisher and distributor of donated medical equipment. The agency’s extensive equipment-related operations are currently under review by the United Nations and other organizations evaluating best practices for overseas healthcare delivery.

During its 2006 fiscal year, International Aid shipped nearly 1,400 donated therapeutic and diagnostic devices to needy communities worldwide. Its related equipment-training program has trained nearly 500 technicians from 18 countries to maintain and repair an array of medical devices; as part of its work, International Aid maintains what it believes to be the world’s most extensive database of product operation manuals for donated medical equipment.


“GE Healthcare is continually searching for new ways to extend the reach of our technologies and services,” said Omar Ishrak, President and CEO of GE Healthcare’s Clinical Systems business unit. “This innovative partnership gives us the opportunity to bring our global medical technologies to International Aid’s global relief solutions. Together, we increase the opportunity to improve access to healthcare for the world’s patients.”

“Through our close relationships with a growing number of corporate donors, International Aid is playing an increasingly significant role in elevating the quality of healthcare in some of the neediest, and often most remote, places on earth,” said Myles D. Fish, International Aid’s President and CEO. “Our new partnership with GE Healthcare will enable us to take our work to a whole new level, introducing best-in-class medical technologies to communities that have had, until now, very little or no clinical capabilities.”

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