The town of Yola in northeastern Nigeria has become a temporary home to hundreds of thousands of Nigerians who are living like refugees in their own country.
Their situation is not well known although many people know about the school girls who were kidnapped from their classrooms, another incident that happened during this conflict.
Just back from Bangladesh, Noor Nizam described to Health Partners International of Canada the dire situation of the Rohingya refugees who live in camps in Cox’s Bazaar.
“These 900,000 people are living in totally unacceptable conditions,” he related to HPIC in a telephone interview. “It is monsoon season now and there is mud and water everywhere. They have no drinking water and no food and their shelters will not stand the wrath of the monsoon. The world has turned its back on them.”
Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) brings together a diverse array of partners to pursue our mission of increasing access to medicine for the most vulnerable people in the world. We work with healthcare and pharmaceutical companies in the private sector, volunteers, medical professionals and health institutions, Canadian and international humanitarian organizations, community based groups, service clubs and faith-based organizations. We would like to introduce you to one of our project implementation partners: WOW (Working for Orphans and Widows).
Healthcare practitioners in Syria have the capacity to save lives in one of the worst conflicts afflicting the world today thanks to a provision of medical relief from Health Partners International of Canada. Program partner Global Medic reported to HPIC about the distribution of 100 Humanitarian Medical Kits earlier this year. This was enough donated medicine to treat an estimated 25,000 Syrian kids and adults.
Posted December 12th, 2016 by Christina Parsons
How does your doctor get to the clinic in the morning?
A safe bet would be to say a car. Perhaps a bicycle for the health conscious doctor or public transit for the urban doctor.
In Haiti this past November, a mobile medical team from B.C. with Heart to Heart Haiti used 22 motorcycles and four donkeys to get to their patients.
Now that paints a picture of how hard it is to access medicine for some rural populations.
MONTREAL (Nov. 14, 2016) – 16 skids of medicine and 2.8 million water purification tablets leave for Haiti tomorrow Nov. 15. Air Transat offered an airplane to Food For The Poor Canada (FFPC) to fill with emergency supplies. FFPC worked with Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) to procure medicines to treat cholera and other diseases. HPIC mobilized Canada’s pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, which responded with enough medicine to treat 50,000 people.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES NOV. 15-16:
by Christina Parsons
Senior executives and representatives of Canada’s healthcare and pharmaceutical industry came to HPIC’s distribution centre yesterday to see 16 skids of medicines and supplies all packed and ready for airlift to Haiti. The Canadian fair market value of this relief, donated by 18 companies, is $1.3 million.
“We estimate that 50,000 people will get treated thanks to this shipment,” HPIC’s Linda Campbell told the donors of medicines. “Thank you.”
A donation of medical supplies and medicines was packed into a container last week and is currently en route to Swaziland with cbm Canada, an international Christian development organization committed to improving quality of life for persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world.
A significant mobilization of medical relief is arriving in Ecuador this week via Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) thanks to a major donation from Apotex.
Posted May 16th, 2016 by Christina Parsons
Five skids containing enough essential medicines to provide up to 24,000 full courses of medical treatment are being airlifted to Guayaquil, Ecuador this week to help medical relief efforts following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake last month.
The medicines are packed into 40 Humanitarian Medical Kits for primary care and will be used by doctors and health workers going out to communities affected by the earthquake.
Two major airlifts will be leaving shortly for Ecuador to equip a partner charity in Guayaquil to distribute medical relief. Health Partners International of Canada would like to acknowledge all the donors who have come forward in this significant mobilization of medical relief following the earthquakes April 16 and 22.
Donors of medicine
Be part of our mission to deliver health and hope to the people of Ecuador following the massive April 16 earthquake.
In the past few days, HPIC staff have been busy mobilizing needed medical supplies to help people suffering from Yellow Fever in Angola.
“There is no cure but medical treatment is needed to treat symptoms and ease suffering,” says Denis St-Amour, HPIC’s President. “We expect to do a first airlift as early as April 20.”
The World Health Organization has stated that this outbreak “constitutes a potential threat for the entire world.”
by Christina Parsons
The first container of 2016 destined for HEAL Africa’s Hospital in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo is being packed at Health Partners International of Canada’s distribution centre.
Along with the usual contents of medical and surgical supplies, HPIC will be providing four skids of essential medicines.
For more than 20 years, AstraZeneca has been a major partner in the work of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) to increase access to medicine for the most vulnerable communities in the world.
Over the next year, we expect AstraZeneca to surpass $25 million in donated medicines to HPIC. AstraZeneca also contributes a major financial gift every year to assure the general funding of HPIC’s healing mission.
AstraZeneca regularly donates anesthetic injections, such as Xylocaine and Diprivan, requested by surgical mission teams.
Posted September 17th, 2015 by Christina Parsons
From 2011 until now, Health Partners International of Canada has provided $3.6 million in essential medicines and medical supplies to internally displaced Syrians and those living as refugees in camps and communities in Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan.
We have been able to deliver an estimated 300,000 courses of treatment thanks to our donors and several partner organizations.
Yesterday (May 13), 10 Physician Travel Packs or enough essential medicines and medical supplies to provide up to 6,000 treatments left for Nepal with International Medical Corps. It is expected to arrive this weekend.
A Mother-Child Health Kit, consisting of basic supplies, equipment and over the counter medicines to provide safe births, will also be leaving this weekend with Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT). The first CMAT team brought 4 Physician Travel Packs on May 2.
TORONTO (May 1, 2015) – Canada’s pharmaceutical industry is rallying a response to the Nepal earthquake through donations of essential medicines requested by Health Partners International of Canada’s partners, mobile hospitals and medical teams, on the ground.
“Canadian Medical Assistance Teams (CMAT) anticipates leaving Toronto and Vancouver tomorrow equipped with the first Physician Travel Packs provided by HPIC for Nepal,” said Alexandra Wilson, HPIC’s Manager of Emergency Relief.
Posted April 27th, 2015 by Christina Parsons
Essential medicines and medical supplies are ready to leave HPIC’s distribution centre to provide much needed medical relief to the people of Nepal.
“When the disaster struck near Nepal’s capital of Kathmandu, we immediately started communicating with our partners about the needs on the ground,” says Alexandra Wilson, HPIC’s Manager of Emergency Relief.
“Rapid medical care and coordinated emergency response are critical for the survivors,” Wilson said.
Posted March 10th, 2015 by Christina Parsons
HPIC is supporting the work of The Salvation Army in Western Kenya to improve access to maternal and child health care in 20 communities in Western Kenya.
“We received confirmation last week that our shipment of 94 Mother-Child Health Kits has safely arrived,” said Catherine Sharouty, HPIC’s Mother-Child Health Kit Project Manager. “These kits will provide treatment for 1,500 mothers and 3,000 infants and children under 5 years old.”