AID FOR AIDS hosted an open house at our New York offices on August 4 for organizations interested in participating in our upcoming nationwide Recycling Drive.
The campaign, which runs August 18 to 25, aims to increase donations of critically-needed antiretroviral (ARV) medicine, which AFAI collects in the U.S. and redistributes free of charge to people living with HIV or AIDS (PLWHA) in more than 35 developing nations. Over the past few weeks, AFAI has been reaching out to AIDS service organizations, community groups and individuals throughout the country to raise awareness of recycling and its potential to help save thousands of lives around the world of people who lack access to life-saving ARV therapy.
About 15 representatives of various organizations and groups attended the open house and toured our facilities, including our medication room, where donated medicine is tested and stored prior to shipment. Our recycling staff provided a briefing on our operation, including how we evaluate the quality of the donated medicine, arrange for safe and accurate transport, and ensure that all our clients in the developing world adhere to their medication regimens.
We invite all organizations wishing to join in the recycling drive to contact us if they would like a similar tour and briefing at our NY office.
Organizations can participate in the drive in two ways: by promoting the recycling campaign among their own clients and staff, or by collecting medicine within their own facilities. AFAI will support their efforts with electronic flyers that can be printed out and posted in strategic locations around their offices. AFAI will also arrange to pick up all collected medicines at the end of the drive.
Organizations collecting medicine will receive recognition on our website (http://www.aidforaids.org) and Facebook page.
• All donated medicine must be unexpired
• No loose capsules or tablets will be accepted
• Liquid meds must come in sealed containers
• For purposes of donor confidentiality, all names are removed from bottles before shipping
Recycling can turn potential waste product into life-saving treatment. But it works only from the bottom up. The ultimate success of this weeklong drive – and AFAI’s recycling program as a whole – rests on the commitment of individuals to donate and spread the word throughout their communities. We hope you will join us in that effort.