Our international mission continuously evolves and today SOS addresses global health disparities with a unique, holistic and comprehensive approach. Long known for our crucial and robust international aid, the SOS International Program is committed to advancing global health by meeting critical healthcare needs in impoverished communities around the world.
SOS International Health Program has impacted lives in over 106 countries outside the U.S. by sending an average of 60+ shipments per year of critical medical supplies and equipment to overseas medical partners serving families, children and the elderly in poverty-stricken and war-torn communities. The international team works directly with the recipient organizations and international medical staff.
Each shipment is packed with critical and life-saving medical and human welfare supplies and equipment from obstetrics to orthopedics to general surgery. Unique to SOS is our strategic collaborative approach that creates a more sustainable impact. We have built a network of humanitarian partner organizations to ensure that each shipment sent by SOS contains any additional health resources needed, such as medications, safe water cleaning equipment and nutrition supplies.
International Health Program Impact Per Year
- 300,000 lives saved or improved by our mission annually.
- Over $3 million in critical medical resources shipped worldwide annually
- 500,000 pounds diverted from local landfills & water supply annually
- Hundreds of international hospitals and clinics equipped to provide medical treatment to, children, the elderly, and mothers and newborns.
- Over $300,000 in medical supplies provided to medical mission teams annually.
- Delivering Emergency Disaster Relief: Millions of critically needed medical/first aid supplies delivered to save, heal and protect victims each year.
Who We Help
Over 80% of the world’s population has little or no access to medical care. Improving health is a critical first step in the fight against poverty which afflicts 689 million people in the world living on less than $1.89 per day. SOS works with community partners around the globe to provide needed medical supplies to deliver healthcare. SOS supplies are changing lives – in small rural clinics to city-based teaching hospitals.
How You Can Help
SOS relies on our individual, corporate, church and service partners for support to help us cover the costs of collecting, reprocessing and repackaging critical supplies and equipment to be delivery-ready for the next shipment. If you share our passion for global health and a healthy environment, consider helping sponsor a shipment of medical supplies to a community in need. To learn more how to help, contact: Giovani.Oliveira@soshealthandhope.org
Ways SOS Delivers Health & Hope Around The World
Container Program – SOS ships sea-going containers to medical facilities around the world
If you are a representative of an overseas community that would like to be considered for a container shipment, please download, complete and email this form to the address provided. A typical container holds 6 – 8 tons of supplies and equipment conservatively valued at $150,000-$350,000.
Download Container Program Application & Order Form (Microsoft Word | PDF) Also available in Spanish and French.
Hand Carry Program – SOS provides suitcase quantities of medical supplies for travelers.
SOS Hand Carry Program allows medical relief workers and medical mission teams undertaking short-term work abroad to visit SOS’s Medical Team Store and collect needed supplies and equipment that can be carried with them in their luggage. Monetary donations, starting from $150/suitcase, are requested from participants in the Hand Carry Program.
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 medical teams who cannot visit the SOS Medical Team Store to assemble a hand-carry, SOS packs and ships custom boxes. Boxes can be shipped domestically or internationally. Monetary donations, starting from $200/custom box, are requested from participants in this program.
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.