Take My Hands partners with other organisations to improve health care in the Pacific, while minimising waste in New Zealand. It collects usable medical equipment destined for landfill in NZ, and works with partners in the transport, storage and logistics chain to get that equipment to health providers in the Asia Pacific region, who use it to help people in need.
It is estimated that around 600,000 kg of usable medical equipment goes to landfill each year in New Zealand. Meanwhile there is a lack of supplies in the Pacific Islands and spare capacity in our transport, logistics and storage sector.
The first project took place in 2010 when 400kg of artificial limbs were taken to Pakistan for $50. Since then the scale has grown significantly and this year five large containers of equipment have been sent to the Solomon Islands and Pakistan. The organisation is scoping new projects in Tonga and Fiji.
So far, Take My Hands has sent 72,000 kg of equipment and helped 140,000 people. The estimated impact of its work is $8 million. It works with four District Health Boards and 30 private health providers, as well as transportation and logistics companies.