Inter Care

Inter Care's mission is to save lives and alleviate suffering through the provision of surplus medical resources to rural partner health units in sub-Saharan Africa. The charity was founded in 1974 and provides free medicines and healthcare goods to over 100 appointed health units across the former British territories of Ghana, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. The health units are predominantly health centres and hospitals, yet also include orphanages, schools for the visually impaired, infirmaries and prisons.

Essentially, Inter Care collects surplus healthcare goods from GPs in the UK and medicines donated by pharmaceutical companies and sends them to Africa. Consignments are occasionally supplemented by further minor medical purchases to meet the needs of the medical units there. These purchases are mainly medication for the treatment of children. The health units were originally run by Catholic Sisters as qualified midwives, physicians, and surgeons, but now include Anglicans, Evangelicals and Muslims and serve a catchment area of over 11 million people. The health units are run by indigenous staff and each year shipments are made with a total medical aid value approaching £1million. The surplus medicines Inter Care sends are in perfect condition and have at least 12 months to expiry date – they would otherwise be destined for incineration in the UK.

Inter Care relies heavily on the support from over 50 regular volunteers, many of whom are medically trained, to help recycle the surplus healthcare products that are received from GP Practices, medical wholesalers and pharmaceutical companies. Every appointed health unit in Africa is visited by Inter Care staff at least once every 3 years on a rolling basis to ensure they comply with Inter Care's monitoring and evaluation procedures and to accurately assess their needs and assist communications and understanding. BWCF have been supporting Inter Care since 2012, most recently with a 3-year grant.

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