Not Just Tourists expands medical

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Suncream, swimsuit, paperbacks … the packing list for a holiday usually follows a formula. However, one non-profit organisation hopes travellers will take the opportunity to fill their suitcases with something more altruistic, helping deliver vital medical supplies to developing countries.

Launched in Canada in 1990, Not Just Tourists facilitates the collection and delivery of surplus medical supplies to some of the poorest and most remote clinics in the world. This week, the organisation launched a new branch in Bristol, meaning UK travellers can join a volunteer-run movement that has so far delivered more than 10,000 suitcases of supplies to 82 countries.

The Bristol branch has been set up by Claudia Hon, a GP who volunteered with the organisation while living in Toronto.

A lot of airlines are quite kind and have a humanitarian policy; they’ll extend baggage allowance for no extra cost

Claudia Hon, Bristol GP

“I fell in love with the whole idea”, she said. “The recycling side of things, as well as the health care side. We take it for granted, having these basic supplies but for a small clinic that doesn’t have a lot of resources it makes a huge difference.

“You hear a lot of stories from people dropping supplies off at clinics where they need to wash syringes, wash bandages just to reuse them.”

Supplies are sourced from hospitals, medical suppliers and patients who have died. The supplies are then packed into suitcases and paired with people travelling to destinations where they are most needed.

Not Just Tourists helps with the documentation required to transport the supplies, which include bandages, syringes, blood-taking kits, catheters, speculums, clean gloves, masks, gowns, as well as equipment including glucose or blood pressure meters and stethoscopes.

Hon said: “The documentation is a couple of generic letters in various languages listing the basic stuff, what it’s for, the aim of the organisation and that it’s not for sale; that it’s a humanitarian gift/donation for people in need and that it’s not a religious or politically motivated thing.”

“A lot of airlines are quite kind and have a humanitarian policy; they’ll allow an extra suitcase, or extend baggage allowance for no extra cost. We list some on the website that have a clear policy.”






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