KidsOR CEO to chair review of donations

As charities and aid organisations prepare to respond to a post-pandemic world, Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer has commissioned a review of the standards required for donations of medical equipment abroad.

Scotland’s health expertise supports care for patients around the world. I have asked a small working group to review guidelines for donating medical equipment to low-resource countries to ensure we are at the forefront of best practise.” - Doctor Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer of Scotland

The new working group will be chaired by David Cunningham, chief executive of Kids Operating Room, and is seeking views and opinions from organisations currently donating and receiving medical equipment before proposing a new framework for medical donations in the autumn.

Please note there are two different surveys depending on whether your organisation donates or receives medical equipment. Some respondents will also be asked to attend virtual roundtable discussions and/or one-to-one interviews. If you would like to participate in these, please indicate so in the survey.

Surveys closing date: Friday, 9th July, 8.30am 

Donor survey

Please complete this short questionnaire to tell us about your experience of donating medical equipment.

Donor Survey

Recipient survey

Please complete this short questionnaire to help us improve the quality and process of donated medical equipment coming from Scotland.

Recipient survey


The Executive Committee on Global Health meets twice a year to promote effective and coordinated health sector involvement in global health. The group is chaired by the Chief Medical Officer and members comprise NHS, royal colleges, the third sector, public sector agencies, industry, and academic institutions. 

Kids Operating Room is a global health charity based in Edinburgh, Dundee and Nairobi. It works with Ministries of Health in low-income countries to develop access to safe surgery through local public hospitals. More than 30,000 children have accessed life-changing or life-saving care through their work. 

The NHS Scotland Global Citizenship Programme, launched in June 2018, supports the Scottish Government’s International Development Strategy, by making it easier for all NHS staff to participate in global citizenship. The Programme promotes the ethical and sustainable donation of surplus kit to low and middle income countries by NHS Health Boards where it is safe and appropriate to do so. Further information on the Programme can be found at

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