6 Jun 2015

Recycling prosthetics

From This Way Up, 12:25 pm on 6 June 2015
Janette Searle

Janette Searle Photo: Supplied

Across New Zealand we dump the equivalent of about 60,000 boxes of used medical equipment into the landfill.

That's according to Janette Searle, the founder of Take My Hands, a charity that collects and redistributes artificial limbs, orthotics, and other medical equipment to people in need across Asia and the Pacific.

Not only is she getting support from generous donors but she's also harnessing spare capacity in the transport network. So far she's managed to get 1500 kgs of useable medical gear to people in need in three different countries for just a few hundred dollars.

Take My Hand

Take My Hand Photo: Supplied