Inter Care sends high quality medical aid to around 100 rural health units in Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia. These units include hospitals, health centres, infirmaries, prisons, dispensaries, schools, centres for the disabled, centres for orphaned and vulnerable children and a Fistula Care Centre.
Inter Care is a unique charity local to Leicester and established in 1974. Having identified an urgent need in Africa and aware of the huge amount of medical waste in the UK, the charity committed to recycle surplus medical aid and donate them to rural health units in some of the poorest parts of sub-Saharan Africa.
Inter Care is a UK, licenced, registered charity. In 2012 the charity received the highly prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service. Recognising and rewarding excellence in voluntary activities carried out by groups in the community, the award is the highest given to volunteer groups across the UK.
As a small charity, Inter Care relies heavily on the support it receives from around 50 volunteers, many of whom are medically trained, to help recycle the surplus medical aid that we receive. Our low overheads and unique approach means we achieve a huge impact on the lives of some of the poorest people in the countries to which we send aid. The collective estimated catchment population of the health units we support is over 11 million.