Latest news from IHP
May 2021


Dear , 

The offer of an extra £100 for every new regular donor to International Health Partners has been extended, but only if you set up a regular gift before 17 May!
A trust has pledged up to £5,000 in funding to support our work, but only if we find 50 new regular donors. Can we count on you?
HRH The Prince of Wales has renewed his 15-year patronage of IHP, and has recorded a warm message of support for our work. Watch the video below.
IHP welcomes new healthcare partner, Lundbeck
We’re delighted to announce a new partnership with H. Lundbeck A/S, the Denmark-based, global pharmaceutical company specialising in brain diseases. Manufactured to be donated, the medication provided by Lundbeck will enable IHP to offer its first ever targeted mental health programme, and will focus on the Middle East & Africa region (MEA).
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 socio-economic 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 MEA region, as well as disruptions to health services, the harsh economic downturn in the wake of the pandemic, has left many unable to afford the healthcare provision they need.
The first shipment of medicines will be arriving in Lebanon later this month. We’ll share more news over the coming months about this partnership and the many positive impacts it will have on the lives of those struggling with mental health diseases.
Thanks to supporters like you, Daniel's leg was saved
In The Dominican Republic, through IHP’s in-country partner Food For The Poor, we were able to deliver 107,840 treatments of the antibiotic vancomycin. Daniel*, 65, suffers from kidney failure and diabetes, and has been attending a health centre in Santo Domingo for more than six months. Antibiotic use is necessary in the centre’s outpatient hemodialysis unit because patients receiving dialysis are at increased risk of infection. “Because of my diabetes, I had developed an ulcer on my right foot, but it is getting better now,” said Daniel. In his case, the recent protection afforded by this donation of vancomycin has saved him from losing his leg to amputation.
* Patient name and some details may have been changed to protect privacy​
Essential medicines reach Yemen
Yemen’s prolonged war has produced the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, with more than 80% of the country’s 30.5 million people in need of some form of humanitarian assistance. Working with our in-country partner, International Medical Corps, we recently sent a shipment of 109,150 treatments of essential medicine to Yemen. Dr Nebras, Acting Medical Coordinator said: “we thank IHP for their generous sensing of this need and for extending an effective help for the second time during the [past] two years. This support has a great impact on the continuation of health services in the geographical areas supported by International Medical Corps and on a variety of vulnerable groups. I really believe we are making a difference and I am grateful that there are people outside of Yemen investing in our future.”
Will IHP be affected by recent funding cuts?
The UK government recently took the decision to cut its annual foreign aid commitment from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income. This, say UK charities and aid organisations, will represent a tragic blow to many of the world’s most marginalised people.
Whilst IHP does not receive funding from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), many of our partners do, and they have already seen programmes cut as a result. These programmes are a lifeline to many around the world, and the fallout will be felt hardest by those they’re designed to serve. We also anticipate the knock-on effects on other funding opportunities as more NGOs apply to these in the absence of government funding.
We stand with our partners and peers in the sector who are directly affected by these funding cuts, and will be doing all we can to advocate for the reversal of the decision by our government. We remain incredibly grateful to all our funders and individual supporters for continuing to get behind our work.
Together, we can provide better access to medicine and healthcare for those living in vulnerable and disaster-hit communities. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Yours sincerely,

Adele Paterson - CEO

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