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Join the AAO-HNSF Humanitarian Effort by Donating Medical Supplies and Instruments Today!

The AAO-HNSF is spearheading a medical supplies and instrument donation drive in conjunction with the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. This humanitarian effort, which runs from now through December 31, 2018, is being done in collaboration with MedShare, a 501c(3) humanitarian aid organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, dedicated to improving the “quality of life of people, communities and our planet” by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world.

The AAO-HNSF Otolaryngology United for Global Patient Care initiative encourages members to contribute to this donation drive effort, which is crucial to supplying much-needed medical equipment and supplies to underserved communities around the world. Please review the following information to consider your donation. If you have any questions, please contact

Why did the AAO-HNSF Humanitarian Efforts Committee select MedShare as the 2018 Annual Meeting recipient of this humanitarian effort?

The Annual Meeting is always a time for global connection among healthcare professionals from around the world. The initiative to collect donated medical supplies and devices aligns directly with the work and focus of AAO-HNS/F, our members, and that of the global specialty, to serve patients. AAO-HSNF selected MedShare as the 2018 Annual Meeting outreach recipient because of its history in reaching underserved populations and the extent, depth, and impact of their work as well as its location in Atlanta, the host city of the AAO-HNSF 2018 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. This collaboration allows multiple ways for our members, attendees, and non-attendees to get involved in this extremely crucial effort.

Throughout its 20 years of impact MedShare has:

  • Collected over $207 million worth of life saving medical supplies and equipment
  • Diverted over 3.6 million cubic feet of reusable medical products from local landfills
  • Received medical supplies and equipment from hundreds of hospitals and corporations

Donations for this initiative will be accepted by MedShare through December 31, 2018. But don’t delay. Join the Otolaryngology United for Global Patient Care effort of humanitarian giving and make your donation to MedShare today!

Why donate medical supplies and devices for the global otolaryngology-head and neck surgery community?

The need grows every day, and as MedShare states in its 2017 Annual Report, “Because you care, we can improve quality of life.”

According to the World Health Organization, in the developing world, over 10 million children under the age of five die from inadequate medical care every year. At the same time, hospitals in the United States generate over two million tons of medical waste each year. Much of that waste is unused, unexpired medical supplies and equipment. (Source: Healthcare Without Harm)

Who will the donations serve?

Your donations allow MedShare to continue their efforts to strengthen local health systems and increase the capacity to treat millions of patients in medically underserved areas. To date, they have delivered lifesaving medical supplies to 100 countries and territories worldwide and have provided biomedical training and support to over 6,200 healthcare professionals in 18 countries on equipment delivered to healthcare facilities around the world.

How to donate?

There are a number of ways you can contribute:

  1. If you are attending the Annual Meeting, bring your donation with you and drop it off at the MedShare booth in the OTO Experience exhibit hall. MedShare will be collecting donations each day of the OTO Experience, October 7-9, and will provide you with tax deduction information.
  2.  If you are not able to attend the Annual Meeting or prefer to make your donation directly to one of the MedShare facilities, there are three donations centers that will take donations on behalf of the AAO-HNSF Otolaryngology United for Global Patient Care initiative. To follow this donation option, complete the online form and be sure to indicate that this is part of the AAO-HNSF drive. You can ship or drop your donation to any of the following centers:

3240 Clifton Springs Road
Decatur, GA 30034 USA

2937 Alvarado Street
San Leandro, CA 94577 USA

701 Penhorn Avenue, Unit #3
Secaucus, NJ 07094 USA

The donation form can be found here

What equipment and supplies do they accept?

MedShare works with hospitals, clinics, manufacturers, distributors, and individuals to receive reusable medical supplies, gently used durable goods, and operational biomedical equipment. Items most needed include gloves, sutures, surgical instruments, stethoscopes, wheelchairs, patient monitors, and sterilizers.