SOS is a Louisville, Kentucky-based Global Health Organization that is committed to saving and changing lives in our world’s most impoverished regions. This is accomplished by responsibly recovering, sorting, and distributing unused, leftover, and “under-used” medical supplies and medical equipment. SOS uses the medical surplus received from our hospital partners to support hospitals, clinics and healthcare workers in the U.S. around the world. Our supplies are provided to medical facilities through a variety of programs that have a life-saving impact on the global community.
Container Shipment Program
SOS ships sea-going cargo containers to medical facilities around the world. In our 25+ year history we have sent thousands of shipments to facilities on 5 continents.
SOS will provide a list of current inventory of supplies and equipment so the receiving organization can select the supplies and equipment that best meet their needs. A typical container holds 6 – 8 tons of supplies and equipment conservatively valued at $150,000-$350,000. A 40-foot-long container may hold as many as 26 pallets of supplies. The receiving organization is responsible for paying shipping costs, billed separately from container sponsorship fee. SOS will arrange shipping to the receiving facility. If the receiving partner has the ability to arrange their own shipping, they are more than welcome to do so.
Hand Carry Program
SOS’s Hand Carry Program allows medical relief workers undertaking short-term work abroad to visit SOS’s Medical Team Store to collect needed supplies and equipment that can be carried with them in their luggage. A donation of $100 is requested for the first 50 pounds of supplies and equipment, and an additional donation of $2/pound is requested for any supplies and equipment beyond the first 50 pounds.
Approved applicants come to the SOS warehouse to pick out their supplies for their trip. Please keep in mind that the Medical Team Store has a limited supply of items available due to its size. If you need to take more than 100 lbs of supplies, large quantities of very specific items, rare items, or are unable to come to the SOS warehouse- check out our Custom Box Program.
Custom Box Program
For those who cannot visit the SOS Medical Team Store to assemble a hand-carry, SOS packs and ships custom boxes. A donation of $150 is requested for the first 50 pounds of supplies and equipment, and an additional donation of $2/pound is requested for any supplies and equipment beyond the first 50 pounds. Boxes can be shipped domestically or internationally – the initiating organization is responsible for shipping costs.
Pallet Shipment Program
For groups planning large-scale projects, or for clinics and hospitals abroad in need of supplies, SOS offers pallets of medical supplies. Depending on its contents, each pallet typically holds $5,000-$15,000 worth of medical supplies and equipment. A donation of $1,000 per pallet is requested for a prepackaged, presorted pallet. A donation of $2,500 is requested for a custom built pallet. The initiating organization is responsible for paying shipping costs. SOS can arrange shipping domestically or internationally.