DAISI is committed to the responsible donation of medical supplies in a careful and considered manner that attempts to meet partner needs and requests whilst also considering environmental factors and avoiding needles waste and the stockpiling of unused equipment in recipient counties.
- Medical supplies will be delivered in a thoughtful and considered manner attempting to match the specific needs of the receiving country.
- DAISI will comply with World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidelines on the responsible donation of medical equipment:
- All donated medical equipment should benefit the recipient to the maximum extent possible;
- Donations should be given with due respect for the wishes and authority of the recipient, and in conformity with government policies and administrative arrangements of the recipient country.
- There should be no double standard in quality. If the quality of an item is unacceptable in the donor country, it is also unacceptable as a donation.
- There should be effective communication between the donor and the recipient, with all donations made according to a plan formulated by both parties.
- DAISI will ensure appropriate storage and protection from heat of medicines that require storage in a cool environment.
- All medical supplies and equipment must be catalogued and packed in such a manner to allow receiving country to unpack in an organised manner.
- Receiving country should receive and approve list of catalogued items prior to dispatch.
- Wherever possible equipment of same type should be packaged together on a sensible manner
- All packaging should clearly state the contents within.
- The size and weight of items should consider their unpacking and delivery in the receiving country and the availability or otherwise of lifting machinery (eg forklift) to facilitate equipment unpacking and delivery.
- Dangerous goods codes must be consulted and complied with when shipping equipment containing lithium batteries or other potentially dangerous goods. The packing of explosives is strictly prohibited. All shipments must comply with maritime and/or aviation safety regulations.
- Large items should be properly stowed and secured to prevent movement suiting transport.
- Vehicles sent by shipping container must have battery disabled and petrol tank emptied during transport to avoid risk of explosion.
- DAISI must have in place a plan for the container’s delivery from port to end destination with an agreement with receiving partners on who will be responsible for paying customs, port clearance, transport fees.
- The container bond and transport fees to the port destination will be incurred by the donors unless a specific arrangement otherwise has been reached between DAISI and the receiving party.
- The payment of customs, port clearance fees, and transport fees should be established and organised in an expeditious manner to avoid incurring excess fees and loss of shipping container bond.
- DAISI will follow up the donation of equipment with a equipment utilisation survey to determine which supplies where used/required and which were not.
- This survey will be considered prior to the sending of further equipment to allow changes in practice that ensure a repeat does of poor practice does not occur.
Other DAISI policies of relevance to consider when donating medical supplies and equipment include: