Helping vulnerable people get back to health


Access to essential medicines can be a vital lifeline for communities in remote, hard-to-reach areas, and for people living in crowded refugee camps, or coping in the wake of a disaster. Essential Health Packs – containing basic medicines such as antibiotics and analgesics – help doctors and healthcare professionals to meet needs, enabling the swift delivery of critical, reliable medicines in places where people can’t otherwise obtain them.

Since 2007, Essential Health Packs have been used in a wide variety of settings, including field clinics, government hospitals, refugee camps, primary healthcare projects and in response to humanitarian crises. 




With partners, we make it simple to take critical medicines to people in need.


Could you help save lives by taking an Essential Health Pack somewhere that healthcare access is limited?



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Delivering critical medicines wherever they’re needed


An Essential Health Pack (EHP) is a pre-packed kit comprising two boxes. It’s filled with a range of medicines essential to support critical primary health care delivery in any setting. Packs are highly durable and portable and can be transported wherever they are needed to act as a mobile pharmacy. They can be carried onto a commercial airline as part of an individual’s checked luggage.

Each pack contains a minimum of 800 courses of treatments, including a broad assortment of over-the-counter and prescription medicines: antibiotics, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, antifungals and anti-parasitics.


  • Click here to for a sample list of the Essential Health Pack's contents 
  • Click here Read some FAQ's on Essential Health Packs
  • Click here Read some EHP carriers’ stories

To become an EHP carrier or find out more, click below to download an application pack or take a look at our FAQ's. We will ask you for information on how and where you plan to use the pack, and how medicines will be handled and stored. We ask all applicants to go through a simple due diligence process so that we can be confident that we are releasing our packs safely.