MedAID for International Need (Edinburgh)

MedAID is a charity which collects unwanted medical equipment from hospitals across Edinburgh, and transports and re-distributes them to resource-limited settings in developing countries.


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We contribute to the advancement of health in a variety of healthcare settings worldwide. Most of our equipment is sent out via medical and nursing students on their electives to exotic destinations which have included Fiji, Uganda, Malawi, Tanzania and the Solomon Islands. By transporting unwanted equipment to places that need it most, we can make improvements in the quality of life of local people that are sustained beyond the initial health intervention. We aim to form long-term relationships with healthcare providers both in the UK and abroad and as a result, can provide a more tailored service to the receiving healthcare provider. 


Our aim is not only to increase the accessibility of healthcare in places where it is most needed but to increase the sustainability of the NHS. By aiding the re-distribution of unused medical supplies to those in need, we help to reduce the NHS’s carbon footprint by diverting waste from landfill or incineration. 


We, need enthusiastic students like you to help with the collection of equipment in the UK, its management in MedAid and its redistribution abroad. If you are going on holiday or to work in a developing country and would like to make a contribution by helping to transport equipment, please contact us! We will source specific equipment, can help with baggage allowance costs and will ensure hassle-free collection of equipment at a time and place that suits you.


We look forward to hearing from you!


Alba Saenz De Villaverde Cortabarria
Shazlin Shek Daud
Resource Director
Svenja Harvey
Grace Loy
Edward Foo