|International Health Relief Assistance - A Guide for Effective Aid (PAHO, 1990, 14 p.)|
? Used medical equipment: specifications should be provided. If the value of the equipment justifies it, an on-site inspection may be arranged by a technician in the donor country or an international agency such as PAHO/WHO or the Red Cross.
? New equipment: when considering these donations , take into account the cost of transportation by air freight, and the continued availability of spare parts. Most manufacturers are willing to wait several days to allow countries to consult with the proper technical Ministry.
? Tents: many countries stock a large quantity of tents that are manufactured locally. the funds that donors are willing to spend to purchase and airlift tents could be put to better use purchasing reconstruction materials locally.
? Vaccines: most often they are neither needed nor approved by the Ministry of Health. Check the presentation, doses, expiration date, and inform the Ministry of Health, or check with PAHO/WHO.