A summary from John Lohnes, Physicians Assistant, Duke Hospital

I coordinate "REMEDY at Duke", a volunteer program at Duke Hospital that collects usable surplus medical supplies for donation to global health projects. Working at the medical center, I was shocked to see the volume of usable supplies that gets thrown away. Having also volunteered on several medical mission trips in rural Nicaragua, I knew that clinics and hospitals in developing countries lack even the most basic supplies. Therefore, with the help of student volunteers and the cooperation of Duke Hospital administrators, we developed a process where many of these surplus supplies could be recovered and donated to charitable organizations. I hope that REMEDY at Duke can help raise awareness among Duke employees and students about global health disparities and issues of resource distribution and waste in our local community.

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