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Bridging medical supply and demand

An ambulance being unloaded for a hospital in southern Chile which has never had one.

Presenting a free wheelchair to a needy recipient.  Presenting a free wheelchair to a needy recipient.

FEDES, Santiago, Chile

Each year hospitals in the U.S. discard tons of unused surgical supplies, in addition to replacing millions of dollars of medical equipment. With many people in developing nations literally dying for lack of this same equipment and materials, FEDES undertakes bridging supply and demand in a not-for-profit venture. Medical supplies, including many that we take for granted but are luxuries elsewhere—such as bandages and syringes—are channeled to facilities offering care for Chile's poor.

Annually, FEDES imports and distributes within Chile 7-10 forty-foot shipping containers of hospital equipment, medical supplies, wheelchairs, ambulances, etc., placing these items according to need.

In addition to their medical work, FCF project FEDES (Fundación Educativa de Desarrollo Economico y Social), focuses on education and social and economic development.

To learn more, go to: FEDES