William Rosenblatt

1996 Laureate, Science & Health
United States, Born 1959


Project Goal

Transfer unused medical supplies to the developing world

Location: United States

After witnessing the severe shortage of medical supplies as a medical student in Latin America, William Rosenblatt devoted himself to channelling unused medical supplies from American hospitals to impoverished medical centers around the world.

American anaesthesiologist William Rosenblatt, born in 1959, became acutely aware of the severe shortage of medical supplies in the developing world when working as a medical student in Latin America in the 1980s.

In 1991, he began redressing the situation by founding REMEDY (Recovered Medical Equipment for the Developing World), a non-profit organization that expedites the transfer of discarded but unused surgical supplies to impoverished countries worldwide.

For his detailed recovery method, Rosenblatt, a professor of anaesthesiology and surgery at Yale University School of Medicine, won a Rolex Award in 1996. The Award allowed him to hire a small staff and helped attract additional funding crucial to REMEDY’s future existence.

The project has inspired the establishment of a network of more than 600 recovery hospitals in the U.S., all contributing unused supplies to the developing world. It has also motivated other non-profit groups to use the same model, creating a web of medical supply programmes.

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