|Medical Exchange International, Inc.
is a non-profit charity dedicated to international health care
collaboration. With your help we provide appropriate tools, knowledge,
and collegial support to health care professionals in
over 30 developing nations to date throughout Africa,
Asia, Latin America and Oceania.
Our Board of Directors is composed
of physicians and educators, and we rely entirely on charitable
contributions for funding our many projects. Site
visits by MEI’s volunteer medical professionals enable
us to determine what resources are truly needed
and would be most practical and useful in
the local environment. MEI's site visits and
personal relationships with health care providers and administrators
in the developing world are the key to its core strategy of
providing resources which are of immediate benefit to health
care providers and their patients in the target environment.
MEI's approach prevents the all-too-common scenarios in which
donated resources are under-utilized due to lack of true need
or clinical appropriateness for the target environment, lack
of on-site technical skill or familiarity with use of the equipment,
inability to maintain equipment in the local environment, or
diversion from the intended recipient.
Our volunteers obtain
and transport key educational materials and needed medical supplies
and equipment to venues where such resources can make
a huge difference. In addition to providing local health care
professionals with the medications and tools they need to do
their job, we place an emphasis on education both by teaching
and by providing medical textbooks, journals, clinical monographs,
and electronic media to colleagues in developing nations whose
quest for knowledge may be impeded by financial, geographic,
and/or political barriers.
Care and Society educational travel programs promote
valuable people-to-people contact among health care professionals
and foster the exchange of knowledge and ideas. MEI is committed
to building bridges between the U.S. and other medical communities.
Our travel programs have also served as an entrée for individual
health care professionals to create long-term relationships
with colleagues in developing nations. We believe that there
is no more universal humanitarian value to build upon than health