HEALTH & HOPE
Last year HPIC delivered health and hope through the provision of 1 million treatments to people in vulnerable communities. Highlights of our activities in 2013 include a major emergency mobilization for the Philippines, developing the Mother-Child Health Kit, and as always working with doctors and medical mission teams across Canada through the Physician Travel Pack and Special Physician Request programs.
10 TONNES OF MEDICINES FOR THE PHILLIPINES Typhoon Haiyan struck the central islands of the Philippines Nov. 8-9, 2013. It is thought to be the most powerful storm to ever make landfall. Haiyan, or Yolanda as Filipinos call it, killed more than 6,000 people, displaced 4.4 million people and left millions without power. This was a large scale humanitarian crisis that affected one of the poorer regions of the Philippines. The staff at HPIC quickly moved into emergency operation mode. Once the situation on the ground was clear and programs partners had been contacted, a needs list went out to dozens of partners in Canada’s healthcare industry. From mid-November in the early days after the deathly storm to the end of the year, HPIC provided 492 Physician Travel Packs, worth about $2.18 million Canadian fair market value. HPIC worked with Health + Hope Alliance partner IHP-UK to airlift 400 Physician Travel Packs (containing 240,000 treatments) to the World Health Organization Emergency Health Cluster in Cebu, the staging area for the relief efforts, which fanned out over several islands. The medicines arrived Dec. 3 thanks to humanitarian cargo donated by Air Canada. “We are truly thankful to our partners who empowered us to respond in such a practical quick way to this terrible suffering in the Philippines,” said Glen Shepherd, President of HPIC. “Due to the extraordinary efforts of our donors, medical mission teams, partners and staff, HPIC was able to mobilize a major provision of essential medicines for the Philippines.”
LOOK AFTER THE MOTHERS AND THE MOTHERS WILL LOOK AFTER THE BABIES
Words of wisdom from a midwife, this is a great way to sum up how the team at HPIC feels about our MotherChild Health Kits. “We are so enthusiastic about these kits because we believe they are such a practical way of helping more mothers and babies survive childbirth and the first weeks following birth,” said HPIC’s Wes Robinson, who is leading the team working on this project. In 2013, HPIC assembled and provided the first 16 Mother-Child Health Kits to partners in Haiti, Niger and Zimbabwe. With this test run and our partners’ feedback, the team is continuing to develop the project, which is expected to be launched in 2014. The kit that has two components: equipment and consumables (over the counter medicines and medical supplies). Once a community has the equipment, they would then be replenished with consumables as needed.
THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN SAVED More than 2.5 million Syrian refugees were living outside their country in 2013. The International Society for Peace and Human Rights, led by Dr. Saren Azer in Comox, British Columbia, mounted an extraordinary campaign to raise funds for essential medicines through HPIC. HPIC provided 100 Physician Travel Packs (60,000 treatments of essential medicine) to the Domiz Camp in Iraq. “These medicines saved hundreds, perhaps thousands of lives, mostly of children—children like yours and mine,” wrote Dr. Azer in a report.
LIFE-SAVING SURGERIES IN RWANDA When Dr. Sherif Emil was on his way back from a medical mission to Rwanda, his thoughts turned to his young Rwandan patients. One of them was an emaciated and unstable baby boy. “He had not been fed for two weeks, but miraculously survived. Significant resuscitation and preparation was needed to allow him to undergo surgery.” The surgery was performed and a feeding tube was introduced that would allow the baby to be fed the following day. “I pray he makes it,” Dr. Emil wrote in his blog. “I think of this baby, the other 19 children I operated on, and the dozens more I saw during my stay. I think of my daughter and I remember how fortunate we are. I resolve to accomplish two very important tasks when I return. First, I will give my wife and daughter the biggest hug ever. Second, we will all kneel down on our knees and thank the Lord for what we have.” Dr. Emil, a pediatric surgeon at the Montreal Children's Hospital, brought $6,500 worth of medicine and medical supplies from HPIC to the hospital in Kigali.
TOP INDUSTRY DONORS Pharmascience Johnson & Johnson Pfizer Teva Bayer Pharmaceutical Partners of Canada AstraZeneca
Covidien Takeda Odan Labs GlaxoSmithKline
Almost 1,000,000 treatments
Vita Health Products
1,083 Physician Travel Packs
492 Physician Travel Packs for the Philippines
100 Physician Travel Packs for Syrian refugees
INDUSTRY DONORS 3M Canada
100 Physician Travel Packs to Gaza 36 containers (20 foot equivalent) 16 Mother-Child Health Kits $22.5 million in essential medicines and medical supplies 49 Countries Volunteer hours: close to 1,000 (including packing medicines and the gift of free professional consulting)
PROGRAM PARTNERS AND DONORS
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