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MERCI (Medical Equipment Recovery of Clean Inventory)

Phone: 434-982-4499 (Thursdays only)


MERCI Project is under the direction of the University of Virginia Health System. It collects surplus medical items and makes them available to mission groups going to developing countries. Dawn Niles is the current contact person.

The MERCI Program was founded and coordinated by Helen M. Vasilevsky-French, B.S.N., R.N. from 1991 until 2007. She was an operating room nurse at the University of Virginia Health System until retirement. It continues under the direction of the University of Virginia. Ms. Vasilesky-French has a very large amount of data available and is glad to share her insights with anyone wishing to establish a program like MERCI.

Her e-mail is

You can also learn about MERCI’s current activities by going to

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