... a non-profit voluntary organisation seeking to assist health work in developing countries through supplying surplus
Medical Aid Abroad, a registered NZ Charity (CC20916), was initially established in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1968 and was re-formatted as Medical Aid Abroad New Zealand Inc (MAANZ) in 2000.
MAANZ is recognised by the NZ Ministry of Health, and supported by the NZ Medical and Dental Associations, the Conference of Churches of Aotearoa, the Red Cross Society, the Pharmaceutical Society, Volunteer Service Abroad, World Vision and others.
MAANZ has branches in Auckland and Christchurch
MAANZ receives surplus in-date drugs and redundant equipment from hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, medical and dental practices. These are sorted and stored by volunteer health professionals.
Upon receipt of an order from a requesting agency, items are packaged and dispatched for delivery. From time to time specific items of equipment or medications are requested, and these may be purchased if funds allow.
All requests are screened carefully by MAANZ's Executive to ensure compliance with certain criteria.
Safeguards exist to ensure as much as possible that supplies are received by the people who need them.
Freight expenses are generally the responsibility of the requesting agency or their sponsoring body, although special assistance is given from time to time, depending on the circumstances