We’re almost at the end of the year but our work is not slowing down. So far, we’ve reached 2.4 million people with the medicines and health supplies they need. Here is just a snapshot of what your support is helping to do. 

 

Mental health and psychosocial support 

It might not look like much, but this delivery of medicine marks IHP’s first ever mental health programme. Since June 2021 we have delivered almost 8,000 treatments of mental health medication to Lebanon and Gaza. Mental health is an area with massive unmet needs, widespread stigmatization, and a lack of funding compared to other healthcare areas, despite ample evidence of socioeconomic benefits. Access to treatment and services for mental health is an element of healthcare provision which is often overlooked and unequal in who it serves.  

"In the past 2 years, Lebanon has witnessed unprecedented traumatic events that led to a marked rise in the number of Lebanese people suffering from mental health problems. Consequently, access to mental health medications has become of utmost importance to cope with stressful life events. In an effort to give a glimpse of hope to our community, we are constantly joining forces with donor partners to secure large quantities of mental health medications."

 Lina Atat, pharmacist and medical donations programme manager, Anera. 

 

Delivering millions of de-worming tablets  

Since the beginning of the year, we have shipped over 9.7 million de-worming tablets to ten different countries, to treat children suffering from soil-transmitted helminths (STH) - parasitic infections transmitted through contaminated soil where sanitation is poor.  

Despite being easily preventable and treatable, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 1.5 billion people, or 24% of the world’s population, need treatment for STH, with those living in the most deprived communities most acutely affected. Infections can cause a range of symptoms including diarrhoea, abdominal pain, malnutrition, fatigue, and impaired growth and physical development – especially in children.  

These shipments form part of our wider Neglected Tropical Disease programme, in which we’re distributing over 20 million of these tablets in areas of need around the world. 

 

Shipping essential medicines to refugee camp clinics in Jordan

Millions of refugees from different conflicts currently live in Jordan. The country hosts nearly 1.4 million refugees who fled from the war in Syria in 2011. Our shipment this year made over 72,000 treatments available to 24,000 refugees in camps around Jordan, specifically for patients struggling with chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. 

 

Providing medicines to manage COVID-19 symptoms, co-infections and complications 

IHP’s partner in South Sudan, International Medical Corps (IMC), is playing a key role at the forefront of the country’s COVID-19 response and prevention strategy, providing medical expertise, equipment, training, risk communication and treatment services in camps and other settings.  It also manages three COVID-19 specific supportive-care facilities.  

We sent 11 pallets of targeted medicines to IMC South Sudan which arrived in late January 2021. Medicine and supplies were distributed to 26 health facilities across four states, including in camps for displaced people in Upper Nile state and two of IMC's COVID-19 management facilities in Juba and Wau. 

 

Ensuring safer births in sub-Saharan Africa 

Every day, over 800 women die during pregnancy or childbirth, with women in low-income countries 300 times more likely to die than those in middle or high-income countries. Over a quarter of these deaths arise from severe bleeding, or Post-Partum Haemorrhage (PPH), during or after birth.  

Since January we have shipped over 146,000 treatments of PPH medication to seven different countries – Somalia, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic and Liberia - ensuring that more children grow up with their mothers.

 

Disaster response – Gaza 

After weeks of confrontation in Jerusalem, hostilities between groups in Gaza and Israeli forces erupted on 10 May with Israeli and Palestinian forces launching air strikes into Gaza and Jerusalem, respectively. Fighting lasted 11 days before a ceasefire was agreed on Friday 21 May. More than 250 people were killed and many thousands more injured, most of them in Gaza. Six hospitals and eleven primary healthcare facilities were severely damaged by airstrikes, and one hospital was shut due to a lack of electricity, putting further strain on the healthcare system to respond to injuries and the pandemic.

We worked closely with our in-country partner and local medics to identify the specific medical needs of communities. We sent three shipments containing almost 25,000 treatments of wide-ranging basic healthcare medicines including antibiotics and vital supplies of chronic health medicines and have a number of additional shipments in the pipeline.

 

Disaster response – Tigray 

Tigray, the northern region of Ethiopia, is at the epicentre of an increasingly desperate humanitarian crisis. As the months of intense fighting come to an end in the region, the crisis in Tigray is far from over. So far, the conflict has caused the internal displacement of more than 1.8 million people who are in desperate need of essential healthcare. 

We shipped 18 Essential Health Packs to Ethiopia which will be used to provide 14,400 emergency treatments to more than 4,500 displaced people in Ethiopia and their host communities. 

 

Disaster response – Yemen

Conflict in Yemen has resulted in a large-scale public health crisis, with a spiral of epidemic-prone infectious diseases, including the worst cholera outbreak ever recorded, alongside the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Humanitarian needs are rapidly increasing across the country. 

Working with our in-country partner, we have reached eight health facilities (including an orphanage for boys, pictured) across four governorates in Yemen with 109,057 treatments of essential medicines to help over 36,000 people amidst the crisis.