Take My Hands Charitable Trust supplies medical equipment and resources rescued from New Zealand health providers to hospitals and health clinics in the Solomon Islands.
The aim is to minimise unnecessary waste in New Zealand by collecting equipment and resources that can still be used, diverting them from landfill. These resources are given to those in need in the Solomon Islands to help their drastically under-resourced health providers. This helps the Pacific community to improve its potential to grow socially and economically.
Approximately 600,000 items of usable medical equipment go to landfill each year. Take My Hands has successfully diverted 30,000kg from landfill. This has resulted in improved infection control in the Solomon Islands through the provision of gloves, face masks and plastic surgical aprons. Care, recovery and mobility of patients have improved through provision of hospital beds, wheelchairs, crutches and walkers. An estimated 10,000 people have been impacted.
Take My Hands works alongside Solomon Islands Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Solomon Islands in Focus, and National Referral Hospital. It has also formed partnerships with Swire Shipping, NZ Post Global Logistics and PBT Transport.