Essential Health Packs (EHPs)

Access to essential medicines can be a vital lifeline for communities in remote, hard-to-reach areas, or for people coping in the wake of a disaster. EHPs help us reach those most in need.

Our strong team of EHP carriers are committed to improving access to global health. The programme enables individuals or groups to hand-carry EHPs to overseas communities to supply healthcare in any setting.

What is an Essential Health Pack?

Each EHP comprises 2 boxes packed with 800 treatments of essential medicines to help treat patients in any setting. Packs contain a range of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, donated by pharmaceutical manufacturers, to support critical primary healthcare.

Each EHP is a mobile pharmacy

Compact, durable and portable, and easy to transport to remote and rural areas. They can even be carried onto a commercial airline as part of an individual’s checked luggage.


Healthcare wherever it’s needed

EHPs have been used in a variety of settings, including field clinics, government hospitals, refugee camps, primary healthcare projects and in response to humanitarian crises.

Patient safety guaranteed

As our EHP medicines never leave the supply chain or a regulated environment, we can guarantee they are safe, reliable and trustworthy - with over 12 months dating when packed.

EHP contents

Click here for a sample list of the Essential Health Pack's contents.

  • Antibiotics
  • Analgesics
  • Antifungals and antiparasitics
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Water purification tablets

Stories of the lives changed around the world

Read more about how Essential Health Packs are helping to deliver healthcare to vulnerable communities and families around the globe.

Volunteering overseas? Go equipped!

Our strong team of EHP carriers are committed to improving access to global health. The programme enables individuals or groups to hand-carry EHPs to overseas communities who are most in need.

Follow these simple steps to learn how you can become an EHP carrier.

Step 1 – Let's get started

Anyone can deliver an EHP! You don’t have to be a qualified doctor or medical professional, although we do undertake a rigorous application process to ensure that we handle all donated medical products in a secure and professional manner.

Step 2 - Complete an application form

You will need to get a practising doctor to endorse your application form if you are a non-medical or a medical student and be linked with a qualified physician that can dispense the medicine in country. Don’t worry - this is easy to do and we will guide you through the process.

Step 3 - Discuss the finer details

We request a contribution of £485 per Essential Health Pack - this can be donated by yourself, another donor or you can fundraise.

This is a fraction of the cost of the approximately £2000 value of the medicines contained in an EHP. This contribution helps us to cover some of the costs associated with sourcing, assembling, coordinating and storing donations for the packs.

Step 4 – Prepare for your journey

IHP will support you throughout your journey with your EHP. From identifying the needs of communities to arranging storage, transport and delivery to the destination country.

Step 5 – Let’s keep in touch

Before you travel, you will speak to a member of the IHP team to chat about your trip and the people you are planning to help. Once you return you will be required to write a report on your trip and how you utilised the EHP(s). A member of our team will also interview you to hear the stories and experiences from your trip.

Your EHP journey starts here

Fill in the form below and you will hear from our team with our application form and further information about this programme:

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Our principles

We are committed to upholding the principles and guidelines of ethical, sustainable, and impactful short-term global health engagements and are co-signatories of the Brocher Declaration.

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