As we approach the end of the year and the Christmas season, I wanted to take this time to write and thank you for your continued support for IHP, as well as reflect on the year and share a little of our plans for 2017.
2016 has been a year of growth and a year of refreshing our focus. I’m proud of the team at IHP and how we have been able to reach the most underserved communities around the world with access to medicine. We couldn’t do this work without our product donors and distributing partners – so my thanks to you all for taking part in this crucial work. As IHP reaches across the healthcare industry supply chain in Europe to access quality medicine, we are more aware than ever of the opportunity to do more by collaborating.
Here are some highlights from this year:
Although 2016 has not seen very large rapid onset disasters, we have supplied urgent medical aid to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew in October. The majority of our efforts have been focused on supporting our partners working in the Middle East, where the intractable crisis of the past five years shows no signs of improving.
• This year we have delivered over 700,000 treatments to the Middle East. We are particularly grateful for the continued interest from the pharmaceutical industry that we work with to give generously in an area of the world where there seems no end in sight to the unrest.
• We have launched an appeal for funding to enable us to supply a further 300,000 treatments this winter and spring - you can find more about our current Middle East appeal here.
In 2017 we’ll be developing our disaster preparedness work, focusing on pre-positioning our Emergency Medical Kits (also called Doctors’ Travel Packs) closer to disaster prone areas of the world, thereby enabling us to reach people in need even sooner after a disaster strikes, and saving lives.
This year we made a strategic decision to move into long term health programmes, in response to our donors and distributing partners asking for opportunities to go deeper and invest for longer in an area of health in which they have a specialism. So we launched our first two health programmes: the first in Tanzania supporting the only child cancer unit with oncology products; and the second in Myanmar supporting a local NGO which is training and sending over 800 community health workers in a very mountainous jungle region of western Myanmar. Our Corporate Partnerships team will be in touch in the New Year to explain more about these programmes.
In 2017 we’ll be expanding these two programmes and adding additional programmes. We are actively scoping projects in Mental Health and Non-communicable Diseases.
Doctors’ Travel Packs
We’ve been hard at work changing the way we produce the Doctors’ Travel Packs (DTPs). We continue to provide the same great service to medics where they can access a wide range of medicines at a one stop shop, but we have changed our packing capacity and moved our kitting facility to the UK’s largest pre-wholesaler of medicines. They are kitting the packs for us completely free of charge on a volunteer basis. It has been a wonderful blessing to us to have the staff (including Directors) of Alloga give freely of their time, meaning that we now have a safety stock level and will always have DTPs available to go anywhere in the world at a moment’s notice.
For 2017 we’ll be looking at making the DTPs available not just to UK medics, but also medics from other EU countries.
It’s 18 months since we moved our headquarters to London, and we’ve been busy growing the team and making the most of being closer to many of our donors and distributing partners. Due to an expanding staff team we have now moved to a new office – please note our new address below:
Unit 402, Clerkenwell Workshops, 27/31 Clerkenwell Close, London EC1R 0AT. Switchboard: 020 3735 5489
Finally, on behalf of all the team at IHP may I wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.