With COVID-19 reaching almost every corner of the globe, we face a common threat. Every country now faces risks to health and livelihoods. We know, if the world cannot contain coronavirus globally, it will continue to be a threat to all of us. We must work together to eradicate this disease, and stand alongside the most vulnerable.

 

Before the pandemic began, two billion people around the world lacked reliable access to essential medicines. With COVID-19 reaching almost every corner of the globe, weakened systems and the people they serve are at greater risk.

In vulnerable communities and refugee camps around the world, COVID-19 threatens to exacerbate existing crises. It is already weakening frail health systems. The disruption caused by the pandemic – such as cancellation of flights and closure of borders, closure of health facilities and programmes – is making this a struggle.

On a global level, IHP has been able to scale-up our work considerably to meet the increased need in the face of growing levels of unemployment and squeezed health budgets.  We have shipped a total of 4.6 million donated treatments so far this year as compared to 1.3 million last year – playing an important role in helping health spending stretch further.

 

Lukusa's Story

IHP is continuing to ship Essential Health Packs (EHPs) to ensure patients across the world are able to access life-saving treatments, as health systems continue to struggle in the fight against Covid-19.

“In regular times it is difficult for us to get the medicines we need,” Marissa Pledger, Project Manager for Panzi Hospital and Foundations in DRC told us of their situation. “But during COVID-19, with border closures and the decrease in flights, all supplies in Eastern Congo – from medical supplies to regular food – are significantly diminished.” Utilising a recent shipment of 18 EHPs Panzi Hospital were able to help patients like Lukusa when they needed help.

 

 

“My name is Lukusa, I come from the province of South Kivu. I have been ill for years, I have urinary tract infections and my blood pressure was [not] stable. I had completely lost hope. I no longer believed [I would] recover. I came to Panzi Hospital without the means to pay for my care. I had received information that the Panzi hospital [was] providing free treatment. Since my arrival, I have received free care [including] antibiotics, paracetamol, amlor and others. My illnesses are stabilizing [and] I am already doing better. I feel like I just experienced a miracle! May God bless this life-saving initiative. Without this initiative, many of us would be dying.”

 

Please help us to source and distribute essential medicines, and to go the extra mile to make sure that medicines reach people in need like LukusaYou can donate here now or click an amount below.

 

                                                        

 

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