2020 has been a busy year, and November is proving no exception. As well as making regular, ongoing medical donations to underserved communities and countries around the world, we also respond quickly to humanitarian disasters and crises.
Sadly the need to respond is increasing: this month, for example, the team is working hard to provide assistance in light of the escalating conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Read on to learn more about how we’re getting medicine to where it is most needed.
At the end of September, conflict broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the contested region of Nagorno-Karabakh. The continuation and escalation of fighting has led to thousands of casualties and hundreds of deaths: it’s estimated half the region’s population has been displaced. Our in-country partner asked for urgent assistance to respond to medical needs, and we will be sending 30 Essential Health Packs comprising 24,000 treatments. Each contains a broad assortment of medicine such as antibiotics and analgesics. However, as we monitor the crisis and respond to the emerging needs of those affected, we urgently need funds to help. If you’re able to support us, please donate now.
Hearing from our partners during COVID-19
This month, two NGO partners sent news of how our donations have aided their response to the spread of Covid-19.
In Lebanon, more than 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported every day since the end of September. Our partner Anera has been working hard to make vulnerable communities aware of precautionary measures to stop the spread. “Shortages in ICU beds are becoming more apparent [and] constraints on available medication and supplies make donations all the more necessary,” it tells us. Shipments of essential medicine from IHP “are saving lives and supporting the most vulnerable families”.
In Myanmar, our partner Health & Hope has an outreach project called ‘Prevent’. Five teams travelled across Chin state to 135 villages, many remote, and to four camps for internally displaced people. They set up hand washing stations, provided soap, and distributed educational videos in multiple local languages as well as leaflets and posters. Using our donations, they gave community health workers medical supplies including PPE. Instead of buying medicine locally, Health & Hope can save 59% on its costs by partnering with IHP. Crucially, we guarantee the quality of medicine provided.
IHP welcomes two new NGO partners: UK-MED and Independent Doctors Association
We’re delighted to welcome two new NGO partners to help us in our mission to provide reliable access to safe medicine around the world. UK-MED is a UK-based organisation that specialises in rapid response to health emergencies, and emergency preparedness. Independent Doctors Association (IDA), founded in 2012 by a group of Syrian doctors from Aleppo, works to import medicines and supplies into Syria, and supports hospitals and primary healthcare facilities throughout the country.
Save the Date and double your impact: The Big Give Christmas Challenge, December 1st - 8th
IHP will once again be taking part in The Big Give Christmas Challenge, with every donation made between December 1 and December 8 match funded to double its impact. Thanks to our cost-effective model, IHP already amplifies your donations; a £10 donation enables us to send £100 worth of medicine. During the week of The Big Give Christmas Challenge, we can double this again. Save the date, and remember to donate!
Essential medicine reaches Burkina Faso
A million people have so far fled their homes in Burkina Faso because of rising insecurity and conflict. Many rely on agriculture or livestock for income, so find themselves in extreme financial difficulty, without access to medical care for acute and chronic conditions. With our partner Tearfund Belgium, we’re helping to provide the medicines and supplies that people so desperately need. At Borgo camp, our antibiotics and analgesics have helped many; at Kaya camp, with an older population, antihypertensives have been in demand, together with antifungals for skin diseases. “Medications from IHP have been of inestimable value in treating ill, displaced people, mostly for chronic illnesses,” says Tearfund Belgium. Watch the video to see how these essential medicines are transforming lives.
Thank you for standing with us to help those in desperate need around the world. We rely on generous supporters like yourself to keep our operation going and enable access to medicines for vulnerable people. If you can, please give today. Thank you.