What is the World Health Organization's 'New Emergency Health Kit?'
The New Emergency Health Kit (NEHK) is not your grandmother's first-aid kit.
It is essentially a "hospital in a box," containing enough drugs, medical supplies and equipment to instantly create and facilitate a primary health center for up to 10,000 people for 90 days. The kits are assembled on pallets and, depending on seaport or airport conditions, are air-freighted or ferried to the disaster location. Upon off-loading, the kits are designed to fit in the back of most pick-up trucks and are easily transportable.
Bridge Foundation ships the NEHK's from our warehouse in Europe -- where they are assembled to include only the freshest and most up-to-date pharmaceuticals and supplies -- to most anyplace in the world within 48 hours; in some cases, even quicker depending on the destination and severity.
When disaster strikes the kits are ready to go. One or more kits can be mobilized with the essential supplies necessary to create a health center anywhere. Timing is critical when a disaster strikes, especially in cases of earthquakes or tsunamis, where functioning hospitals and clinics may not even exist. A rapid response is essential with the right supplies to address the situation properly.
Depending upon the disaster, we have the ability to customize components to suit the situation with pre-made modules to complement the NEHK. The modules include components that address and contain specific supplies ranging from trauma or cholera outbreak, to severe burns, emergency surgery or malaria. Every kit and supporting module is customized to the need.
And when a disaster strikes, Bridge Foundation responds -- quickly and efficiently -- with what is needed to save lives -- and placing them in the hands of the local healthcare provider.
These kits save lives and by following a strict process, Bridge Foundation exceeds WHO guidelines and responds with the correct materials and the freshest medicines -- when and where they are most needed:
"In recent years the various organizations and agencies of the United Nations system have been called upon to respond to an increasing number of large-scale emergencies and disasters, many of which pose a serious threat to health. Much of the assistance provided in such situations by donor agencies, governments, voluntary organizations and others is in the form of drugs and medical supplies. But the practical impact of this aid is often diminished because requests do not reflect real needs or because these have not been adequately assessed. This can result in donations of unsorted, unsuitable and unintelligibly labeled drugs, or the provision of products which have passed their expiry date. Such problems are often compounded by delays in delivery and customs clearance." (Source: World Health Organization)