Inter Care is a registered charity (no. 275637) and has a Wholesale Dealers Authorisation (WDA) licence from the MHRA to export pharmaceuticals.
In 2012 we received the highly prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service. This was to celebrate the 50+ volunteers who help Inter Care. Many of our volunteers are medically trained.
Inter Care’s mission is to save lives and alleviate suffering through the provision of surplus medical resources to rural partner health units in sub-Saharan Africa.
Why our mission is important…
- People in sub-Saharan Africa suffer from a severe lack of medical resources.
- There are on average just 0.1 Physicians per 1,000 population in sub-Saharan Africa, compared to the UK who have 2.8 Physicians per 1,000 population (The World Bank 2018).
- In several countries in sub-Saharan Africa the average life expectancy is still less than 60 years, compared to more than 80 years in countries in Europe (Global Change Data Lab 2020).
Inter Care aims to help to address this by collecting surplus healthcare goods and medicines and sending regular consignments to health care units in sub-Saharan Africa.
Most of the medical aid we supply is donated (thus reducing medical waste in the UK) and comes from:
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Medical manufacturers
- Health Professionals
We support approximately 100 health units in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, with regular consignments of medical aid.
Each health unit we work with makes requests for their individual medical needs; sometimes, where those needs cannot be met by donated supplies, we need to purchase products.
We receive no government funding and rely entirely on voluntary donations to fund our work.