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By IHP, Feb 13 2017 05:40PM

International Health Partners recently received positive feedback from one of our newest partners, St Mark Universal Copts Care (StMUCC), that a donation of medicines arrived safely at Om-Elmasryen Hospital in Egypt.


Dr Naser Fouad, StMUCC’s Chairman, met with the Egyptian Minister of Health who agreed on accepting donated medicines, sorting out all the customs clearance in Egypt and assigning the donated medicines to the hospitals in most need. The first pallet donated from IHP to StMUCC was assigned to Om El Masryen Hospital in Giza Governorate.

The hospital is a busy public hospital in Giza with a population in the city and surrounding villages of more than seven million people. It treats approximately 3000 out-patients a day free of charge and is one of Egypt’s poorest and most deprived hospitals. Because of this Egypt’s Ministry of Health assigned the pallet of more than 2000 units of medicines consisting of antibiotics, antifungal drugs, painkillers, diabetic medication, there.


StMUCC’s Programmes Manager, Andrew Mikhael, who oversaw the shipment to Egypt, said, “All the contents of the pallet were separately stored in the hospital’s pharmacy waiting for us to go and acknowledge its safe arrival. I was able to make a thorough audit of the content of the donated pallet and to see how the medicine will be dispensed later on to people who are really in need.” Andrew and his team agreed with the hospital and pharmacy managers to separately dispense the contents of the donated pallet, hence they will be able to measure its impact on the service provided in the hospital.

“From my visit, I can say that although it was only a pilot shipment with relatively small quantities of medicines, the gratitude we received from the hospital’s staff shows how much of a need there is in such a hospital which serves millions of needy people free of charge,” Andrew continued.


The hospital’s management expressed their gratitude to IHP and corporate donors and promised to report back the impact of the donated medicines in the hospital’s various departments.


IHP’s Programme Officer, Luc Diei-Yoa, said, “We are extremely pleased to receive the positive news that the shipment has arrived and its contents are already being used. This was a pilot shipment and we’re looking forward to a fruitful partnership with St Mark’s going forward. They are doing crucial work by providing much needed assistance to Egypt’s poorest communities and access to medicines plays a major role in this.”


Picture: Om El Masryen Hospital's pharmacy. The sign on the wall says in Arabic, "The free treatments pharmacy." (credit: Andrew Mikhael StMUCC)


By IHP, Jan 30 2017 03:39PM

This story was originally posted January on IHP NGO partner ANERA's website. We are grateful to our corporate partner UCB for the donation of Zirtek.


When 10-year-old Lea complained of difficulty breathing, her mother took her to the clinic close to their house in the Mousaitbeh neighborhood of Beirut. “This wasn’t the first time Lea experienced this, but it was the worst. She was coughing heavily, too,” said her mother Noha Shamieh.


Lea has been suffering from allergies since birth. She’s taken a slew of different medicines, including cortisones, without much effect. “Some doctors mentioned Lea’s allergies will improve as she gets older, but she’s still suffering from allergy attacks,” Noha said.


Mousaitbeh is a crowded area of Beirut that has been heavily impacted by the city’s rising air pollution. The average concentration of particulate matter in Beirut’s air exceeds World Health Organization limits by an astounding 150-200%, and is partly caused by conflict in the Middle East. The high level of air pollution causes allergic respiratory symptoms like dry cough and bronchitis.


“The quality of the air we breathe definitely affects Lea’s case,” said her mother Noha. “But we can’t move because our life, work and schooling are all in Beirut.”


Donated Zirtek Combats the Effects of Beirut Air Pollution


After their first visit to the Development Services Center of Mousaitbeh, Lea was prescribed Zirtek. “Just couple of days after taking the medicine, Lea’s condition improved a lot. She can breathe comfortably now and her cough has really died down,” her mother said.


The Zirtek syrup that relieved little Lea’s symptoms was part of an in-kind donation from International Health Partners. Thousands of medications were distributed to dispensaries around Lebanon to be available free of charge to underprivileged community members. The medicine was donated in-kind by International Health Partners and the shipment was made possible through contributions from the Zakat Foundation.


The Development Services Center is a social center governed by the Ministry of Social Affairs in Lebanon. It includes a dispensary for health services and psychosocial services. More than 900 people benefit from the center’s health services. Over one-third of the patients are Syrian refugees.


“Many people come to this clinic because they know we have medicines for seasonal conditions, like allergies,” said Iman Sleiman, the director. “These donations are a great support to the dispensary. Over-the-counter drugs like Zirtek are in high demand.


“Seasonal allergies are very common in Lebanon in the autumn and spring. We see many cases like Lea’s,” said Fida Zaiter, pharmacist at the Development Services Center. “Unfortunately we are often out of Zirtek. Then we have to direct patients elsewhere or pay for it from local pharmacies,” she added.


Picture: The head of the health department at the Mousaithbeh Centre takes stock of the medicines they've received from ANERA


By IHP, Jan 30 2017 01:52PM

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By IHP, Jan 16 2017 05:14PM

The ongoing conflict in Yemen continues to undermine the availability of basic social services, including health. International Health Partners is continuing its urgent call to donor partners for much needed medicines which include Paracetamol, Amoxicillin, Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) and Hydrocortisone, to name just a few.


“Injuries related to conflict, non-communicable diseases, and maternal and child health services are placing a huge strain on a weakened health system,” says Adele Paterson, IHP’s Associate Director of Corporate Partnerships. “Our donors are extremely generous. I hope that they will look at the needs list we have supplied and be able to give what they can,” she continues.


Import interruptions and the closure of air and sea ports have led to shortages in essential medicines and medical supplies.


Since September 2016, government employees, including health staff, have not been receiving regular salaries, resulting in shortages of staff reporting to work at public health facilities. On the other hand, most Yemeni citizens are not able to afford health services from the private sector.


A number of hospitals are reporting shortages in fuel, medicines and medical supplies, particularly drugs for chronic illnesses including renal dialysis solutions, medicines for kidney transplant surgeries, diabetes and blood pressure.


Medical teams are dealing with outbreaks of cholera and measles. IHP is supporting local partners and the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the ground.


List of medicines IHP partners in Yemen urgently need

Amoxicillin

Azithyromycin

Ciprofloxacin

Cyclosporine

Diclofenac

Erythromycin

Flucanazole

Folic Acid

Hydrocortisone - all formulations and strengths

Ibuprofen

Lactulose

Magnesium Sulphate

Metronidazole

Multivitamins

Naproxen

Omeprazole

ORS

Paracetamol

Ranitidine

Ringers Lactate

Salbutamol

Saline

Simvastatin


Hospitals in Yemen urgently need medicines and medical supplies (Credit: WHO)

By IHP, Jan 10 2017 04:42PM

This is the first in a series of quarterly blogs from Colleen Harrisson-Dodds, our Logistics Manager. Without Logistics, we would not be able to do the crucial work that we do. The Logistics team is responsible for the coordination of all our shipments of donated medicines from pharmaceutical companies to the field. Logistics is the backbone of our work. Here she talks about our partnership with global logistics company, DHL.


DHL has provided IHP with free warehousing for several years now. We have a dedicated team at the DHL warehouse in Oxfordshire that manages our stock coming in and out. DHL act as our wholesale distributor by receiving pallets of donated medicines and medical supplies from the pharmaceutical companies who support us.


They sort through and break down all the pallets that come in, put the individual products and batches onto individual pallets and then store them in the warehouse. They provide my team with all the information we need to create orders for our NGO Partners.


When it comes to getting an order out of the warehouse our DHL contacts, Rebecca and Jeevan, will get the team to have the stock ‘picked’ from the locations and build them on to pallets for us. They will build the pallets to whatever specification we ask them to, so that we can either send stock as airfreight (height restricted) container or by truck.


Their team will then measure and weigh the pallets so that either IHP logistics or the NGO receiving them can arrange transport.


At the end of the process they load the medicines onto the truck and container for us, so that they can get to the people who need them. They provide warehousing within the supply chain for many pharmaceutical companies, ensuring a consistent supply of medicines.


No Charge

DHL do all this for free to help us make a difference to those who don’t have access to medicines. When there is a disaster the DHL team will make our shipments a priority, and they have had large picks done for us in an emergency in a matter of hours.


We ship out anything from one shipment a week to two or three, and these can vary in size, from a single Doctors Travel Pack (DTP) up to 40ft container loads.


IHP has a good relationship with DHL, they are able to help us help others, and take a keen interest in the work that we do and how they can assist us. It makes our operations easier to run because we know that DHL are able to help and support us in such a vital way. Without DHL we wouldn’t be able to make any of these donations happen.


Picture: IHP staff visit DHL warehouse in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Left to right: Rebecca Radburn (DHL), Leigh Miah (IHP), Luc Diei-Yoa (IHP), Colleen Harrisson-Dodds (IHP), Trish Farrell (DHL)


By IHP, Dec 20 2016 11:56AM

As the conflict in Yemen continues well into its nineteenth month, the humanitarian crisis worsens. IHP is renewing its call to donors to give much needed medicines to the millions that are affected.

According to the United Nations only 45% of health facilities are functioning and many of them face severe medicines, staff and equipment shortages. More than eight million people are underserved. A staggering 18.8 million people, out of a population of 26 million, are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 10.3 million in acute need. Malnutrition has soared by 60% in the last year. Almost half a million children under five are malnourished.


“The conflict has caused a serious healthcare crisis. It’s the women and children who are most affected,” says Louise Hart, IHP’s Associate Director of Programmes, “They are dying because of lack of food and lack of access to health facilities and medicines,” she continues.

The list of medicines range from antibiotics and painkillers to Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) to combat diseases such as cholera which has gripped much of Yemen.


List of medicines IHP partners in Yemen urgently need

Amoxicillin

Azithyromycin

Ciprofloxacin

Cyclosporine

Diclofenac

Erythromycin

Flucanazole

Folic Acid

Hydrocortisone - all formulations and strengths

Ibuprofen

Lactulose

Magnesium Sulphate

Metronidazole

Multivitamins

Naproxen

Omeprazole

ORS

Paracetamol

Ranitidine

Ringers Lactate

Salbutamol

Saline

Simvastatin







By IHP, Dec 16 2016 04:07PM

Dear Friend,


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:


Disaster Response

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.


Health Programmes

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.


Office move

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.

Yours sincerely,

Alex Harris

CEO

Email: a.harris@ihpuk.org






By IHP, Dec 2 2016 01:50PM

IHP is urgently calling on its corporate partners to donate much-needed First Aid Kits and essential medicines to Yemen. “We urgently need emergency care to those caught in the Yemen crisis. The needs are always greatest for analgesics and antibiotics for adults and children,” says IHP’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, Andy Cain.


According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), “More than half of the health facilities in war-torn Yemen are closed or partially functioning.” They warned that the lack of adequate health services meant people were being deprived of life saving interventions and that 8.6 million people have inadequate access to medicine.


The conflict in Yemen started in March 2015. More than 14 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.


To donate and to find out more contact Andy Cain in the Corporate Partnerships team: a.cain@ihpuk.org

Image © IRIN




By IHP, Nov 4 2016 05:47PM

Much-needed medicines are being shipped to IHP partners, International Medical Corps (IMC), in Haiti this week. They include a range of antibiotics, painkillers, anti-inflammatories, drugs for stomach ulcers, skin conditions and medical supplies.


“IHP is proud to be working in partnership with IMC as part of the emergency response in Haiti” said Louise Hart, IHP’s Associate Director of Health Programmes. “The needs are overwhelming and large numbers of people are without access to basic healthcare services and vital supplies, affecting their ability to recover from the disaster” she continued.


The medicines and supplies are going to the most affected areas of Haiti, Grand’Anse Department, where

43% of health facilities were severely damaged last month by Hurricane Matthew, and Sud Department where 28% of health facilities were damaged.


Cholera continues to be a major concern throughout the country, particularly in the south. According to the UN one million people are expected to need cholera vaccinations in the most affected areas. More than 3,500 suspected cholera cases were reported in October alone.

A one week mass vaccination programme in Grand’Anse and Sud will start on 8 November targeting 900,000 people.


Facts and Figures

• Hurricane Matthew struck Haiti on 4 October

• So far 546 people have died and 128 missing

• 2.1 million people are affected

• 1.4 million people need assistance

• 806,000 people need food urgently

• 140,000+ people are displaced

(UNOCHA)


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