Medical Goods Donations


Each year, Esperança ships one container full of donated medical goods to trusted partners in Central and South America for use in our clinics and hospitals. These supplies are used by our surgical volunteer teams and distributed to hospitals in need in the region. We appreciate any medical materials or supplies that you may be able to donate!

A container is approximately the size of a semi-truck trailer. An average container provides approximately $1,800,000 in donated medical equipment and supplies.  It costs Esperança just $8,000 to ship one of these containers. That is a tremendous return on our donors’ investment.

Esperança accepts new and used medical supplies and working equipment from manufacturers, wholesale suppliers and distributors, hospitals, clinics and individuals and delivers those supplies to clinics and hospitals in Central and South America.

Currently, we are accepting donations that can be used for a variety of surgical specialties including: general surgery, anesthesiology, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, orthopedics, urology, and gynecology. We accept both expired and non-expired materials and supplies.

We cannot accept any medications or liquid/gel-based items of any sort (i.e. saline, iodine solution, liquid food, ointments, anesthetics, etc.)


 All donations are tax-deductible. Please include a contact person and return mailing address so that we can provide you with a donation letter. If possible, please include an inventory of goods that are donated and their total estimated value. This helps us greatly for donation processing.

If you have any questions or would like to determine if we can use specific supplies, please contact the Surgical Program Coordinator at 602-252-7772.

Donations may be sent to:


Attn:  Surgical Program Coordinator

1911 W. Earll Dr.

Phoenix, AZ 85015



Sample list of needed supplies and equipment (If you have something outside of this list, please call or email us!):

Medical Supplies

  • Anesthesia Supplies
  • Cardiac Surgery Supplies
  • Defibrillators
  • Drains
  • Drapes
  • Dressings, Gauze & Tape
  • EKG/EEG Supplies & Equipment
  • Electrodes (in-date)
  • Electrosurgical Units
  • Endoscopic Equipment
  • Feeding Supplies & Equipment
  • Fetal Doppler Supplies & Equipment
  • First Aid Supplies
  • Furniture & Other Hospital Furnishings
  • Gastrointestinal Supplies
  • Gloves- Surgical & Exam
  • Gowns- Surgical & Patient
  • Intravenous Supplies
  • Lab Supplies & Equipment
  • Labor & Delivery Supplies
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Monitoring Supplies & Equipment
  • Needle Counters
  • Needles (sterile)
  • OB/GYN Supplies
  • Ophthalmology Supplies
  • Orthopedic Supplies
  • Ostomy Supplies
  • Otoscopes & Ophthalmoscopes
  • OR Packs (partial or intact)
  • Operating/Procedure Room Equipment
  • Patient Care (Nursing) Supplies
  • Pediatric Supplies
  • Personal Hygiene Items
  • Plasticware
  • Procedural Trays
  • Protective Clothing/Face Wear
  • Pulse Oximeters
  • Respiratory Supplies
  • Skin Prep Items
  • Staplers
  • Stethoscopes
  • Sterilization Supplies & Equipment
  • Surgical Instruments (must be clean)
  • Suction Machines
  • Suction/Irrigation Supplies
  • Sutures (sterile)
  • Syringes
  • Therapeutic Equipment
  • Towels
  • Ultrasound Machines & Portable X-Ray
  • Urinary Supplies
  • Vascular Clips
  • Ventilators
  • Waste Disposal Containers, Sharps Containers
  • Wheelchairs & Crutches

Medical Equipment

  • Anesthesia machines
  • Autoclave/Sterilizers – table top and bulk
  • Blood gas analyzers
  • Cast Saws
  • Centrifuges
  • Chemistry analyzers
  • Coagulation analyzers
  • Colposcopes
  • Computers (Desktop – Pentium III or faster)
  • Computer monitors (flatscreen only)
  • Defibrillators / Monitors
  • Dermatomes
  • Diagnostics ultrasounds with probe
  • EKG recorders (dual)
  • Electrosurgical units
  • Endoscopies equipment
  • Exam lights
  • Fetal dopplers
  • Fetal monitors
  • Glucose meters (portable) – preferably with test strips and lancets
  • Haematocrits
  • Humidifiers (and chambers)
  • Hyfrecators
  • Infant incubators/warmers
  • Lab equipment and analyzers
  • Lab incubators
  • Lab washers/dryers
  • Lab digital precision scales
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Medical refrigerators
  • Microscopes – surgical and lab
  • Monitors – cardiac and NIBP
  • Nebulizers
  • Nerve stimulators
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Ophthalmic equipment (slit lamps, etc.)
  • OR lights- portable and ceiling mounted
  • Otoscopes
  • Oxygen concentrators
  • Patient warmers
  • Portable X-ray systems (including portable mammography)
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Shakers
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Sphygmomanometers
  • Stethoscopes
  • Suction pumps
  • Surgical head lights
  • Syringe pumps
  • Table – Exam, OR, Surgical and Delivery (dependent on space)
  • Thermometers (digital only)
  • Traction units
  • Vaporizers
  • Ventilators
  • Vital sign monitors (must have modules if required)
  • Water bath heaters
  • Weighing scales – adult, infant
  • X-ray processors / developers
  • X-ray view boxes (wall-mounted only)

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