Global Health PLUS

Each year, tens of thousands of dollars of medical equipment and supplies within Duke University Health System are designated as "surplus." Surplus equipment includes items set aside because they are being replaced by newer equipment, or medical supplies and equipment that have been prepared for but not actually used in surgical or other medical procedures. This equipment can change lives in low resource settings.

The mission of Duke Global Health PLUS is to make this surplus medical equipment and material from DUHS available to health care professionals around the world.

But we take this idea one step further — we also use the knowledge and resources from different schools, departments and centers within Duke to ensure that the people receiving the donations know how to use and maintain them. In this way, no donations are left unused in dusty corners for lack of training, lack of replacement parts, or lack of someone to fix them when problems arise. This extra step ensures that our gifts keep giving.

“We’re grateful to Duke Global Health Plus for supporting our BMET training program in Honduras.” Robert Malkin, Pratt and DGHI faculty member

How We Choose What Goes Where

Duke Global Health PLUS is administered through the Duke Global Health Institute. Duke faculty or Duke-affiliated physicians can apply for equipment, supplies and support for projects to improve health in developing countries. GH PLUS projects must be formally connected to Duke and be sponsored by a Duke faculty member and endorsed by the faculty’s department or school.

Duke faculty, staff, students or affiliated physicians who wish to work with Duke to provide non-medical supplies and equipment to charitable causes both locally and internationally should contact the Duke University and Duke Medicine Surplus Program . For more information about the Duke Global Health PLUS program, email questions to

Application Process

  • Complete one application per project and send electronically to Please complete all questions.
  • An acknowledgement of receipt of your application will be sent within a week.
  • The GH PLUS Program Steering Committee will only review complete applications of projects that fulfill the program’s eligibility criteria.



GH PLUS equipment typically includes patient monitoring equipment, beds and stretchers, defibrillators, anesthesia and blood pressure machines, and e-ray view boxes.

Need Equipment?

Duke faculty or Duke-affiliated physicians can apply for equipment, supplies and support for projects in developing countries.
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Want to Volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering to help sort usable surplus equipment at Duke, please contact REMEDY@Duke.

Program Partners

Programs that Duke Global Health PLUS is working with include: