Getting critical medical supplies to the people that need them most is a huge logistical challenge but in places where healthcare is limited, it can change and save lives. That’s why we've been proudly supporting the International Health Partners (IHP) for around 15 years.
As Europe’s largest coordinator of donated healthcare products, IHP relies on its strong network of healthcare industry donors to rapidly respond to humanitarian disasters, long-term healthcare development projects and short-term medical missions across the world.
Since 2013, Pfizer has donated over 1.6 million treatments (approximately 525,000 packs of medicine) to IHP, both for use in their Essential Health Packs and in response to major international humanitarian crises. We’ve supported requests for help with Ebola for Sierra Leone (2014-15), the earthquake in Nepal (2015) and with Hurricane Matthew in Haiti (2016). More recently, in 2019 our donated medicines were provided to communities in the Bahamas, Guatemala, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Lebanon, Tanzania, Nigeria and Uganda.
The IHP’s Essential Health Packs are aimed at supporting travelling medical professionals to deliver critical primary healthcare in any setting. Each pre-packed kit contains a range of around 800 treatments including over-the-counter and prescription medicines such as antibiotics, analgesics, anti-inflammatories, anti-fungal and anti-parasitics.
IHP's Essential Health Packs being delivered to communities in Nepal
Acting like a mobile pharmacy, the Essential Health Packs are highly portable and enable healthcare professionals to work in places where low stock and intermittent supplies of medication are all too frequent and where false, counterfeit, or sub-standard medicines may be common. Pfizer contributes around 10 different medicinal products towards each pack.
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Each year, our colleagues are able to take up to five days of volunteering.