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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)


By IHP, Oct 31 2016 02:33PM


IHP’s partners in northern Iraq are supporting the early humanitarian response for a potentially massive displacement of people as the battle to retake Mosul intensifies.

The offensive began on 17 October. Up to 1.5 million people in Mosul and the surrounding areas face serious danger from cross fire, being used as human shields and sniper attacks as the battle against ISIS by Iraqi troops and their allies, gains momentum.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that civilians are suffering from near suffocation and respiratory illnesses as 19 oil wells have reportedly been set ablaze by retreating ISIS militants.

Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said recently, "The UN estimates that in a worst case scenario, Mosul could represent the single largest most complex humanitarian operation in the world in 2016."


What IHP is doing

The UN anticipates an influx of 200,000 displaced people over the coming days and weeks into camps that are already over-stretched. More than 10,000 people have been displaced since the offensive began. IHP is present in these camps, through local partners, supplying the highest quality essential medicines for those in need. We are also provisioning mobile health clinics and government hospitals with medical aid that enables them to deliver frontline health services to vulnerable men, women and children.


How you can help

Give - we are seeking to raise funds to help us reach a further 300,000 people in the region over the next six months. For more information please click here

Donate product - in order to meet the ongoing needs of our Middle East programmes, we seek planned donations of a broad range of medical products. The needs list can be accessed here.


Facts and Figures

• Over three million people have been displaced within Iraq since January 2014

• 800,000 have fled to Iraq’s Kurdish region

• Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city with a population of two million. It was captured by ISIS in June 2014.

• Half a million people fled Mosul after its capture

• 10,548 people have been displaced since the current offensive began on 17 October

• A further 200,000 people are expected to be displaced in the coming weeks

(UNOCHA)





By IHP, Oct 14 2016 09:58AM

Our team met mums in Liberia recently who are living proof that medicines literally save lives. With emotion in her voice, Kimberlyn explained that without IHP’s help she wouldn’t be here today and her daughter Bennett would be growing up without a mother. Maternal death rates - often from acute blood loss or sepsis - have been as high as 1 in 8 over recent years. Supplies are now reaching clinics and hospitals across the country and these statistics are becoming a thing of the past.


At one hospital we met a team of midwives who enthusiastically explained what this ‘Rolls Royce’ of medication can achieve as they proudly introduced us to women enjoying their first few hours of motherhood. Whether speaking to the staff, the mothers or indeed the Minister of Health, the message to IHP and our partners was clear - thank you for saving lives!


Kimberlyn and daughter Bennett
Kimberlyn and daughter Bennett

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