In the face of COVID-19, the Harvard University community has come together to respond to the unprecedented challenges of this global pandemic—including offers of assistance and donations of supplies and personal protective equipment from faculty, researchers, staff, students, alumni, and friends.
Please note: Guidance may change. Below is the latest guidance regarding offers of support as of Monday, March 30, 2020.
Donations to Harvard University Health Services (HUHS)
For now, HUHS does not need supply donations, including personal protective equipment, from the community and discourages direct donations of the equipment. We will provide updates here if needs change.
Supplies for Healthcare Providers and First Responders
While Harvard is not in a position to evaluate equipment and accept donations on their behalf, hospitals and government agencies are accepting donations and new orders of supplies. Below is a list of several websites that have been set up to facilitate offers of support. We encourage potential donors and providers of such equipment to contact these organizations directly:
- Commonwealth of Massachusetts COVID-19 PPE Procurement and Donation Program
- Beth Israel Lahey Health
- Boston Children’s Hospital
- Boston Medical Center
- Boston Public Health Commission
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Cambridge Health Alliance
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
- Donate PPE Boston
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Mount Auburn Hospital
The American Hospital Association (AHA), American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA), and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) also recommend the following:
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) is a longtime not-for-profit partner of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which facilitates donations of time, money, and goods for emergencies. Their website has been retooled to accept donations of goods relevant to COVID-19 treatment.
- Organizations with regional or national scope would be better served working with larger group purchasing organizations (GPOs) such as Premier and Vizient.
- Direct Relief is a charity that will buy and donate various medical supplies to any healthcare centers that need supplies.