Pace 4 Life Reuses Donated Pacemakers in the Developing World

By: Alyson Wyers - May 8, 2015
References: pace4life.org & springwise
Access to healthcare is a key barrier preventing people in the developing world from breaking the cycle of poverty -- something charity Pace 4 Life hopes to help with. Based in the UK, the organization recycles donated pacemakers that would otherwise get thrown out and gives them to patients in poorer parts of the world, like Ghana and India.

Pace 4 Life specifically reuses pacemakers that are removed prior to cremation, preventing the medical devices from cluttering the cupboards of mortuary technicians and funeral directors or going to waste. Before they are reused, the pacemakers are rested for 70% battery life or more. They are then sterilized and implanted in new patients that wouldn't otherwise be able to afford the costly gadget.