Dozens of shipping containers of surplus medical equipment from the old Royal Adelaide Hospital are now on their way to developing countries.
The supplies range from old beds and other furniture to life-saving medical devices, and are being donated to 24 countries, including Australia’s near-neighbour Papua New Guinea.
Shila Paia, who was born there, has helped raise thousands of dollars to allow some of the equipment to be shipped to PNG from Adelaide.
“The access to services isn’t there, the basic primary health care isn’t there — women are deprived, they are dying giving birth and children are dying,” she said of PNG’s dire lack of health services.
“This is going to make a lot of difference. Simple things like syringes are going to make a lot of difference.
“[Sometimes] a mother could be taking her child for immunisation to a clinic and the child could miss out just because there is no syringe there.”
Ms Paia said simple items could make a big difference.
“Most of the time we take for granted a lot of things, even…