PROJECT C.U.R.E. Marks 25 Years of Delivering Health and Hope to the World
In the developing world, millions of patients are sick and dying because their doctors and nurses do not have the sterile supplies and modern equipment needed to provide care. At the same time, U.S. hospitals discard millions of pounds of usable surplus supplies and functioning equipment each year.
PROJECT C.U.R.E. marks its 25th anniversary this year by delivering its 1000th cargo container of donated medical supplies and equipment since June 2000, the year the organization was formally incorporated. The vision of “delivering health and hope to the world” began in 1987, when Dr. James Jackson was traveling on business in Brazil and witnessed patients being turned away from a small clinic because the doctor did not have the supplies needed to offer care. Jackson made a promise to the doctor, not knowing how he would keep it, to send as many medical supplies as he could. Once home, Jackson made a life-changing decision to begin collecting medical donations for that small clinic in Brazil, keeping the promise that would found PROJECT C.U.R.E.. Today, PROJECT C.U.R.E. is one of the world’s largest medical supply recovery organizations, providing donated healthcare equipment, supplies and services to hospitals and clinics in need in 120 countries around the globe.
Imagine washing disposable gloves until they are tattered, having to reuse syringes and needles in environments where HIV and other deadly diseases are prevalent, or being an expectant mother who might bleed to death in childbirth because her doctor has no supplies to perform the surgery needed to save her life. PROJECT C.U.R.E. responds to these realities every day by receiving donated goods from hundreds of U.S. hospitals and medical manufacturers. Over the past 25 years, PROJECT C.U.R.E. has delivered more than $500 million in medical aid to resource-starved communities abroad. Two to three cargo containers of life-saving medical relief leave PROJECT C.U.R.E.’s warehouses each week; as a result, doctors and nurses in recipient hospitals and clinics receive modern equipment, sterile consumable supplies and other items such as beds, crutches and wheelchairs that are otherwise unavailable or too costly. These dedicated medical professionals are then able to allocate scarce resources to staffing, medicines and providing critical services and quality care to impoverished patients.
PROJECT C.U.R.E.’s partnerships with other humanitarian organizations, community service groups, socially-responsible companies and hospitals and medical professionals allow PROJECT C.U.R.E.’s vital work to reach more and more families, patients and facilities every year. PROJECT C.U.R.E. gives American healthcare providers an environmentally-friendly way to manage excess supplies and repurpose equipment that has been replaced, a way that gives hope to millions. Over the past year alone, $60 million in aid was delivered to 47 countries, diverting 3,652,500 pounds of usable medical surplus from U.S. landfills. The caring hearts of PROJECT C.U.R.E.’s donors and volunteers put tools into the hands of far-away doctors and nurses so they can treat the desperately sick, save lives and help their patients lead longer, more productive lives, strengthening the very fiber of the communities in which they serve.
More About This Charity
Charity of the Year, Disaster Relief and International Aid
To identify, solicit, collect, sort and distribute medical supplies and services according to the imperative needs of the world
- This Achievement alone raised $26,864,314
- This charity has raised $3,744,451 in the past year
- This Achievement helped 14,700,000 (est.) people
- This charity has helped 2,826,000 people since January 1, 2011(est.)
- 1,000 cargo containers valued at $365,522,359 shipped to 821 healthcare facilities in 105 countries
105 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean, South America, Central America, North America (Mexico), South Pacific