Don't Throw Away Unused Needles - Give Them to the Intercare Charity!

Posted on the 19 January 2016 at 16:42

Do you have an aesthetic expert who loves using a cannula with dermal fillers?

And prefers the insulin needles for administering botulinum toxin?

Are you drowning in spare needles and Azzalure® green syringes?

Are you loathed to throw those perfectly good needles and syringes away?

Well then read on for information regarding a great charity that uses the above to great effect…

I joined my mum’s clinic (The Cindy Knight Clinic) in 2007 as Practice Manager, and during that time I found that we were wasting a lot of medical items that were part of the dermal filler packs and toxin packs. I was frustrated that those needles went out of date without a use being found. So I researched and found a charity called Intercare that send unused sterile needles and syringes to Africa.

Spare needles and syringes for African charity - Intercare

I persuaded Cindy to keep a pot on her table and any unused needles are popped in there and at the end of the week I transferred them in a box – that box soon filled up!

Every six months I send the needles and syringes to Intercare, using their protocols that they send on an email, which is basically a form which I sign. They do pay for postage but I prefer to pay myself – using MyHermes is a bit cheaper and ensures that Intercare are not forking out with money that can be used for the charity.

I always get a letter of thanks, which is nice, and also contributes towards the business’ CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). I even had a letter of thanks directly from Africa last time, as I sent loads of Azzalure syringes, which were very useful apparently.

Well my pot is yet again full, so I shall be sending the next lot off – makes me feel good that they are not wasted.

This may not be the most exciting of news but I feel it is very important to let the aesthetic industry know and make them aware as a small act makes a big difference. I am grateful to The Consulting Room for allowing me to put up a little blog together in this regard.

If you want to do your bit too, then please contact Intercare via:

Intercare website:
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What a worthwhile project. It is now estimated that nearly five million new HIV cases annually are caused by erratic health practices in Africa. African children are subject to a much higher proportion of injections and blood tests than patients in the West and most of these related to anti-malaria health programmes. Common symptoms such as colds, ear infections, fatigue and tonsillitis are treated with injections rather than oral medication and most of these were unsafe, with needles being used repeatedly on one patient after another, without sterilisation.
By uncritically accepting the orthodox view that HIV is almost exclusively transmitted by sex, public health workers and researchers are complicit in prolonging avoidable suffering in these children.

Dr Patrick J. Treacy |