Donate Equipment and Supplies


Konbit Sante collects, organizes, and ships one or two full 40-foot sea containers of equipment and supplies to Cap-Haitien each year. We wouldn’t be able to do this without the generous contributions of equipment and supplies we receive from local medical centers and physicians.

Our partner institutions, need a great many things, large and small, and providing essential supplies is one of the most concrete things we can do to increase the quality of patient care. We are working hard through our supply chain program to better understand exactly what is needed and leverage donations from other organizations such as Direct Relief International and Hope International. This means we are getting more selective about what donations we accept into our warehouse in Maine.

For a list of the types of things we generally accept, click here.

When considering items of equipment and supplies for possible donation, please keep in mind:
Sometimes low tech is better than high tech because of ease of repairs and availability of replacement parts. Reliability is very important. Things sent to Haiti need to be in good working order. Because of customs requirements and shipping lead time, we are not able to accept medications with expiration dates less than six months from the date of donation.

If you have item you believe is a match for our needs, please write to us at describing the details of the item(s) you have and we will get back in touch with you to let you know if we will accept your donation and, if so, arrange delivery/pick up.

dscn2244-180x240Packed container full of donated items

If you have a few boxes of miscellaneous medical supply items left over from your own medical care or that of a loved one, we recommend you donate them to our close friends at Partners for World Health (Contact Elizabeth Mclellan,, 207-671-4723). Partners for World Health’s mission is to collect clean, unused and otherwise discarded medical supplies from local hospitals to be distributed to medical facilities in Third World countries. All the while helping the environment by reducing waste in our landfills. Partners for World Health organizes and inventories medical supplies and that then allows Konbit Sante to have access to the most appropriate items for our work.

Please note that we do NOT accept clothing, food, or other non-medical items (with the exception of furniture). If you have these types of items to donate we recommend a local charity such as Goodwill or Salvation Army.

Types of Supplies We Always Need Donated

Emergency Response


  • First Aid Kits
  • ORS ( Oral Hydration Salts)
  • Water purification tablets and filters
  • Tarps
  • Soap
  • Portable generators



  • Smartphones ( iphones, international phones, all phones except Verizon phones)
  • Laptops, netbooks and desktops ( less than 3 years old)
  • Batteries
  • Solar lights
  • Solar chargers
  • Surge protectors
  • Video projectors
  • TV's/VCRs
  • Monitors (less than 3 years old)

Biomedical equipment


  • EKG/ECG machine
  • Defibrillators (automated)
  • Ultrasound machines/sonography (portable machines such as “sonosite” would be great with vaginal and abdominal probes)
  • X-ray imaging equipment (digital would be excellent because of disposal issues with developers and fixers and for ability to consult remotely)
  • Portable HbA1c analyzer (DCA 2000)

Wound Care Dressings


  • Aquacel ( 15 x 15 cm)
  • Duoderm
  • Kaltostal
  • Sterile gauze
  • Surgical tape
  • Exam gloves
  • Betadine

Supplies for Maternity and Pediatrics


  • Neonatal resuscitation devices
  • Baby food
  • Infant formula
  • Newborn Caps
  • Diapers (cloth and disposable)
  • Rapid urine pregnancy tests
  • Vitamin B6, multivitamins, iron tablets, folic acid
  • Baby bottles with nipples
  • Battery operated fetal Dopplers
  • Disposable vacuum aspirators for incomplete abortions
  • Pack'n Play playpens
  • Pediatric beds and cribs
  • Sterilizers for baby bottles
  • Fetal stethoscope
  • Receiving blankets
  • Birthing/Delivery  Kits* 
  • Baby powder

Medical Supplies


  • Cast material 4" and 6"
  • Razor blades (bulk)
  • Plaster
  • Undercast padding
  • IV catheters
  • IV supplies
  • IV solutions
  • Volume replacers (i.e. Gelofusin, colloid)
  • Transfusion administration sets with needles
  • Condoms
  • Pediatric nebulizer masks/ tubing
  • Antibiotic creams/ointments---silvadene, antifungal creams, bacitracin,  etc
  • 2-gallon plastic Alcohol, bottles and prep pads
  • Syringes (5, 10, 20, and 45 cc)
  • 10ml saline syringes
  • Ambu bags (adult, pediatric, neonatal)
  • Pediatric suction catheters
  • Urinary Foley catheters (sizes 16, 18, 20 )
  • Intracath
  • Urinary bags
  • Urinary leg bags
  • Umbilical catheters
  • Urinary catheterization systems
  • Blood sets for transfusions
  • Colostomy supplies--- must include matching bags and wafers. 
  • Gauze (sterile and non sterile)
  • Sterile and non-sterile drapes
  • Stretchers and wheelchairs
  • Irrigant solutions (for external use)
  • Gloves - sterile and non-sterile
  • Specimen containers
  • Suture material
  • Vicryl
  • Silk
  • Pre-moistened wipes
  • Disposable covers for examination tables
  • Measuring ribbon
  • Paracentesis trays
  • Masks
  • Bagged nasal cannulas
  • Oxygen tubing
  • Scrub brushes
  • Cotton blankets
  • Patient gowns
  • Incentive spirometers
  • Bedsheets
  • Plastic tweezers
  • Bedpans
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Skin protectant
  • Kleenex
  • Aspirators
  • Nebulizers
  • Catheter trays
  • SAC collector
  • Urinary test strips
  • Blood tubes
  • Test tube racks
  • NTG tablets

Medical Equipment/Tools


  • Colposcopes
  • Otoscopes
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Stethoscopes
  • BP cuffs (adult and pediatric)
  • Test tubes for blood sample collection
  • Suction equipment
  • Speculums
  • Weighing scales
  • Ear speculums
  • Thermometers
  • Disposable thermometer covers (particularly for "Kendal" ear thermometer)

Diabetes Supplies


  • Lancets for blood testing
  • Insulin syringes
  • Alcohol swabs
  • Gauze pads
  • Glucose test strips, Lifescan glucometer strips



  • Refrigerators
  • Air conditioners
  • Water coolers
  • Bookshelves (non-pressboard)
  • Desks (small, non-pressboard)
  • Exam tables
  • File cabinets
  • Floor fans
  • Exam lights
  • Hospital beds (mechanical)
  • Rolling stainless tables and carts
  • Rolling chairs and stools
  • Stacking sturdy plastic/metal chairs
  • Shelving

Infrastructure & Sanitation


  • Autoclave/sterilizers
  • Autoclave tape
  • Cleaning supplies (Chlorox, soap, Fab)
  • Chlorhexadine AND other surgical scrub solution
  • Cleaning gloves (heavy duty)
  • Garbage bags
  • Deep-cycle batteries used for back-up power (we are installing inverters that can charge banks of these batteries to power equipment for the 20 hours a day when there is no public power)
  • Power tools
  • Plumbing and electrical equipment ( Call for specifics)
  • Hazardous waste/sharps containers

Education and Training Materials


  • Skeleton
  • Tables for teaching and meeting rooms
  • Anesthesia books and training materials
  • Medical education software
  • Recent medical textbooks

Operating Room Supplies


  • Sevoflurane
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical gowns
  • Surgical instruments
  • Blue surgical towels
  • Iodine Providine Swab sticks
  • Needles for nerve block
  • Spinal needle 25 and 22
  • Peridural kit with catheter
  • Fentanyl patches
  • Neurostimulators
  • Guedel oral airway
  • Endotracheal tube # 2.5 #3- 3.5 - 4- 4.5 - 6 -6.5 -7 - 7.5 – 8
  • Chest drains

Personal Items

  • Face cloths
  • Body wash
  • Deoderant
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Underwear (new)