The end of the road

Where the road ends, there is a footpath that leads to an isolated community in Ghana.

There are people who live there. They live in remote and rural communities and are some of the estimated 2 billion people lacking access to medicine. HPIC and our partners want to do more to help them.

In November HPIC’s Catherine Sharouty travelled to Ghana and visited two regions: Ashanti and the Volta. Some clinics and health facilities are tucked far away and the people who depend on them can feel forgotten. Catherine and a local partner had to get out of their car and walk in to the community by a narrow dirt path to reach one facility.

“I grew up on this continent and I have seen poverty, but there were many firsts for me on this trip,” she said. “Daily life is very tough here. Seeing how they live and how they cook- wow. Kids walk for 1 hour or more to get to school and when school is over, they sell fruit.”

Added to the difficult conditions is the fact that it is very hot and humid. “Where I visited was mountainous and very green- quite beautiful actually. You see a lot of plantations growing crops like plantains. The roads are red dirt, like in Prince Edward Island, and there are a lot of holes. Most people do not drive and some have motorcycles. In fact, for the pregnant women or anyone who needs to get to a hospital, travelling by motorcycle is often the best – and sometimes the only – option. People living in the remote areas are living mostly from subsistence farming and there are many artisans and seamstresses.

And yet everyone has a phone and they get their news via Facebook and social media. From one region to another, people may not understand each other because there are many local languages and dialects. Only those who have gone further in school speak English.

And yet, Catherine found much reason to hope and enjoyed meeting the local partners and people. The Ghanaian nurses and midwives are very impressive too. “They wear these pressed and perfectly clean green and white uniforms and they arrive at work on time, with a smile and a positive attitude. And yet when I see their workload, the number of patients and the lack of equipment and medicines to do their job, I am impressed by their motivation and perseverance to do the best for their patients.”

Catherine undertook a needs assessment of the maternal and child health services in the Amansie West District of the Ashanti region. “The needs are huge…infrastructure, supply chain and training needs… Yet, all health facility staffs were enthusiastic about and supportive of any program that will enhance their performance and build up their capacity.”

Catherine also visited HPIC MamaCare project partner in the Volta region. “Together, we will be training and equipping 50 community midwives and community nurses, who are of vital importance to remote rural communities in Ghana.

The community midwives get paid with gifts or services. “They are mostly providing the service as a good deed for their neighbours. But they are present and they have experience and with some training and knowledge about when to call for more experienced help, we can save mothers and babies.”

HPIC will be sending staff to Ghana again in 2018 to initiate other health projects.

“There are so many needs- the shelves are mostly bare and the pharmacies can use help to sort and manage the stock that they have. There is much work to be done and we are grateful to the partners who have committed to do this important work.”

 

 

How do you spell HOPE in the Dominican Republic? CANADA.

Canada is the name of the street where partner agency ADESJO has an office in San Jose de Ocoa in the Dominican Republic.

For the past 7 years, ADESJO and Canadian partner HOPE International Development Agency have been working with Health Partners International of Canada to increase access to medicine for the most vulnerable people served by their network of 33 clinics across the country. Another key player from Canada is the Scarboro Foreign Missions Society, which sowed these connections years ago and has been a long-time support to the community.

The friendship and support of individuals and charitable organizations from Canada is so valued that the street was named “Canada” as a gesture of appreciation.

In May 2017, HPIC sent staff member Raini Aquino to meet the partners and learn more about this long-term health project. When Raini, a pharmacist originally from the Dominican Republic, visited the local clinic in San Jose de Ocoa, she met a nurse, Zoraida, who had benefitted from a 20-foot container of medicines delivered late last year. Zoraida has been working at the clinic for the last 6 years.

“She was so incredibly grateful for the medicine,” Raini recalled. “She had to come over and thank me for the asthma medication that was donated by Teva Canada Limited.”

Zoraida lives in this town and so this is the clinic that she uses as a patient. “The town is in the mountains, which trap the pollution and causes many people who live there to suffer from asthma,” Raini explained. The dramatic change in temperature from the hot and humid conditions during the day to cold nights also contributes to problems for asthma patients.

Teva-Montelukast is an effective treatment that is taken when needed to control the symptoms of asthma such as difficulty breathing, chest tightness and cough.

“Zoraida’s doctor had recommended this treatment but she could not afford it. Even if she could, the medicine is probably not even available in her town but only in a large city,” Raini explained.

“When the HOPE shipment arrived, Zoraida was one of an estimated 100 patients to benefit from this gift by Teva Canada Limited.

“When you treat the healthcare workers, you are also ensuring that more people can access care and treatment,” Raini explained.

Partner highlight: Teva Canada Limited has been a partner of HPIC since 2003. Lifetime giving of medicine through HPIC is now over $50 million. In 2016, Teva Canada Limited was a top donor of medicine and they also provide annual general funding.

Connecting Canadians to our impact in the field through virtual reality

One million people in 50 countries are treated every year through Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).

“Our challenge is to connect Canadians to our mission because the people we help live far away,” says Denis St-Amour, President of HPIC. “We have always wanted to bring our donors and potential donors to the field to witness the impact of our work to deliver health and hope to the world’s most vulnerable people.”

On Nov. 20 we learned the great news that we will be able to bring everyone who is interested to the field through a Virtual Reality video project. This project is made possible by a grant from Stronger Philanthropy, a Canadian consortium of foundations and funders.

“We know that the VR video is a great tool but just a tool,” says Denis. “A big part of the project is distributing the video. We will be bringing the VR experience of HPIC on tour to donor healthcare and pharmaceutical companies and to other key audiences before sharing it at a later date on social media channels.”

Virtual Reality technology has been called “the ultimate empathy machine.” HPIC aims to create an immersive experience through a VR video that will bring Canadians to Haiti to visit a health project and meet some of the people who benefit from donated medicines.

The video will be produced this winter and the HPIC VR Tour will begin this spring and summer 2018.

HPIC is very grateful to the selection committee of Stronger Philanthropy for their confidence and we congratulate the other 19 winning charities.

HPIC has many other opportunities for donors to deliver health and hope in 2018. Contact HPIC’s Nancy McGuire for more information: nmcguire@hpicanada.ca or 1-800-627-1787, ext. 128.

 

 

New lead contact for Healthcare Industry Relations at HPIC

Canada’s healthcare and pharmaceutical companies have a new main contact at Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).

After 17 years of service, Linda Campbell will be retiring at the end of December 2017. “Linda has managed our network of over 60 donor companies in Canada’s pharmaceutical and healthcare sector with great integrity and care,” says Denis St-Amour. “We are grateful for her dedicated service and sad to see her go. Fortunately, we have found an amazing person to lead our relations with our donors of medicine and medical supplies.”

Marcelle McPhaden brings to HPIC three decades of experience covering many different aspects of the healthcare system in Canada and internationally, from working as a physiotherapist, to managing hospital services in Canada and the U.S., to enabling the accreditation of healthcare institutions in the Middle East and Asia.

“I am a long-time supporter of HPIC and am committed to improving health at all levels,” Marcelle says. “I have seen the needs with my own eyes in Cuba, Bolivia and other countries.

marcelle-mcphaden

“The mission of HPIC was brought home to me following an experience my daughter had in Nicaragua. She is a medical student and was volunteering in the summer of 2016 when she contracted the Zika virus. At the hospital she was given the diagnosis, but they did not have all of the required medicines to treat her. Thankfully, she was able to locate the medicine elsewhere.”

HPIC and its partners share a vision for improving health for the most vulnerable. “When you are healthy, everything else becomes possible: education, employment, democracy,” she says. “I am passionate about contributing to creating a better world through better health.”

Marcelle, who holds a Master’s Degree in Health Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy, comes to HPIC after serving the Canadian Medical Association, Canada’s national association of physicians. She managed the accreditation of allied health professional education programs in Canada for the past three years and prior to that worked at Accreditation Canada where she managed the accreditation of international healthcare organizations in the Middle East and Asia.

Marcelle also has considerable volunteer commitments, including serving on the Board of Directors of Welcome Hall Mission, which serves at risk children, families and adults in Montreal. In her personal life, she is married and mother to three young adults.

“The common thread in my experience is a heart for quality improvement at all levels of the health system to ultimately bring better care to patients and communities. A large part of our world is missing essential elements to be able to follow best practices, such as access to medicine. I look forward to meeting with HPIC’s partners and working together to advance our mission.”

Marcelle is eager to discuss ideas and interests with HPIC’s partners and any company that may be interested in opportunities to be part of this Canadian movement to deliver health and hope.

Marcelle can be reached at:

mmcphaden@hpicanada.ca

514-822-1112, ext. 130

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/marcelle-mcphaden

 

 

 

 

Working for widows, orphans and mothers in sub-Saharan Africa

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).

In Canada, we rarely use the terms widows and orphans. But in Malawi, Zambia and Uganda, where WOW is active, everyone has widows and orphans in their lives. For the people involved with WOW, caring for widows and orphans is the best way to express their faith in God.

Inspiration

As WOW explains on their website, “In James 1:27 (NIV) it says, ‘Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…’ If this is God’s definition of religion- caring for some of the most vulnerable people in the world- then justice must begin with them. The AIDS epidemic has left millions of orphans and widows in its wake. They are vulnerable to abuse, exploitation, poverty and disease. We believe God’s heart begins with them.”

Amanda Geleynse, the communications coordinator of WOW Mission, explained to HPIC that the mission of the organization founded in 1999 and based in Burlington, Ontario.

“WOW with our Canadian supporters provide the resources to help our local in-country partner organizations. But they call the shots. We are just there to provide support,” Amanda explained. “We connect churches and resources in Canada to support communities in sub-Saharan Africa.”

Amazing local partners

Amanda says the local partners are amazing. “They come from the community they are working in. Totally engaged, they are excited to better their community. Our partners are organized and are seeking to expand their programs. They are go-getters and smart, they just need additional resources and support.”

“Our local partners truly want to provide the best life for the next generation. These are very impoverished communities but there is so much hope among our partners and beneficiaries.”

Programs include health care, income generating programs, maternal and neonatal care, home based care for the sick and shut-ins, a preschool feeding program, provision of school uniforms and supplies.

HPIC’s partnership with WOW Mission

HPIC partners with WOW by providing shipments of bulk medicines to Zambia to support the Mobile Medical Clinics and sending Humanitarian Medical Kits for Mother-Child Health to support 12 MotherCare support groups in Malawi.

“The value of partnering with HPIC is that you are providing medicines and supplies that are simply not available in the countries where we work. Sending money to buy local medicine works in some places but not where we work. In Zambia, you can send all the money you want but there is limited medicine available,” Amanda explained.

See Richard Brown of WOW in Malawi speaking about the role of donated medicines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIM4aSLTp5k

“When I arrived, I was shocked by how impoverished Malawi is, it is actually the most impoverished country in the world. The capital has a few strip malls and then there are slums and rural villages. I heard from a partner in Malawi that sometimes even the government-run hospitals are lacking medicines and equipment and patients die because of this.”

The maternal mortality rate is still very high in Malawi, despite a modest drop in recent years. In 2015, 634 mothers out of every 100,000 births died giving birth, compared to 7 mothers out of 100,000 births in Canada. Think about it: for every 200 births in Malawi, a mother dies.

Mother Care in Malawi

The alternative to MotherCare groups is that women often seek help from traditional healers or neighbours who are not prepared to deal with any complications arising during pregnancy.

One young mother who Amanda remembers is a 14-year-old girl: Her mother got her into a MotherCare group. It turned out she needed a caesarean section and she and her baby would not have survived had she gone to a healer. “They were well cared for by the group and having HPIC’s Mother-Child Health Kit saved her life,” Amanda recounted.

The Mother-Child Kits contain medicines and vitamins as well as equipment for prenatal care, delivery and post-partum care. Having the kit means the MotherCare group can offer the treatment these women and babies need, and the local health workers who manage them receive training to provide their best care.

“All pregnant women need vitamins — but imagine how much more you need the vitamins when you don’t have a good diet? The prenatal vitamins in the kits from HPIC mean that babies are born healthy instead of malnourished, which sets them back for life.”

WOW has a vision to expand MotherCare both in Malawi and also to start the program in Zambia. HPIC has been a partner of WOW for over 10 years. If you would like to support WOW’s work in Malawi you can choose to donate toward the HPIC and WOW project through HPIC’s website http://www.hpicanada.ca/donate/

Courtesy: WOW

Courtesy: WOW

Partnership facts

Since 2004

8 shipments in 2017

Active in Malawi and Zambia

Receive about $600,000 worth of medicines every year

Kit a “huge boost” to local clinic

With only 2 doctors to serve a population of 75,000, access to health care and medicine is very restricted for the people who live in Kédougou, Senegal. According to partner Fondation Sénégal Santé Mobile, the region is “one of the poorest and has alarming health indicators.” Maternal and infant mortality are very high: 622 mothers for every 100,000 births die in childbirth and 13 babies out of 1,000 births die in the process of being born.

Joy and relief 

You could imagine the joy and relief when the local healthcare workers at the Centre de Santé de Rusfique received a Humanitarian Medical Kit from Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) packed with essential medicines and supplies that could treat up to 250 people. They were so happy to receive the primary care medicines that they made a video to say thank you.

Watch thank you video 

“Procuring essential medicine in Senegal is very difficult and we experience temporary disruptions in supply as well as permanent disruptions,” the Foundation wrote in their report to HPIC. Regional councils are in charge of obtaining medicines from the central government stores. These stores are not well stocked leaving clinics and even large hospitals dependent on donations from abroad for all sorts of medications, supplies and patient transport equipment.

Vulnerable population 

This donated medicine is a huge boost to an impoverished population, they wrote in the report to HPIC. The region borders on Guinea and features some beautiful destinations for ecotourism as well as mining activity. However, much of the local population does not benefit from those economic activities and every August-September, they experience food shortages.

Thank you 

It is women and children who suffer the most and it is also the women and children that Fondation Sénégal Santé Mobile seek to serve.

The Foundation would like to thank the pharmaceutical and healthcare companies that donate medicines and supplies to HPIC: “THANK YOU — a million times Thank You – keep up the good work. We need and appreciate you very much !!!!”

Our pharma & healthcare donors helping #ChangetheBirthStory in Haiti

Haiti has the highest maternal mortality rate in the Americas.

To do something about this unacceptable situation for women and girls, Plan International Canada developed a project called SHOW (Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and Children). SHOW is a multi-year multi-country project to #ChangetheBirthStory in Haiti, Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal.

Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) is a partner in the Haiti component of the project funded by Global Affairs Canada. HPIC’s  first airlift of medicines and supplies requested by Plan International Haiti is scheduled for later this month.

On June 15, representatives from the pharmaceutical and healthcare companies that  filled the skids came to HPIC’s distribution centre in Oakville to learn more about how they are helping to #ChangetheBirthStory and to see the skids packed and ready for pick up.

Giving birth a major cause of death

“In Haiti, especially in the north east province, pregnancy and childbirth are a major cause of death for women and girls,” said Plan International Canada’s Tahina Rabezanahary, Senior Program Manager, MNCH. “61 per cent of women in the North-East of Haiti deliver their babies at home and only 32 per cent receive crucial post-natal care within two days of delivery. Women in Haiti have a 1 in 80 chance of dying due to pregnancy or childbirth.”

“I am a mother and I have my own birth story,” said Tahina. “If I was a mother in my home country, Madagascar, I wouldn’t have survived. My story would have been different. When I visited Haiti, a country similar to my home country, I saw poverty, teen pregnancy, limited health infrastructure, lack of services…

“I am forever grateful to people like you and organizations like yours. You give generously so girls and women don’t need to travel to Canada to #ChangetheBirthStory.

100,000 women and partners will be reached

“With your kind and generous support, Plan International Canada is implementing this project that is improving access to health care. …More than 100,000 women and their partners, adolescent girls and children will be able to access medications they need. Together we can change the birth story.”

HPIC’s Director of Product Planning Linda Campbell also thanked the donors and told those gathered what was on those life-saving and changing skids: antibiotics, anesthetics, antifungals, anti-hypertensives, diuretics, anti-malarials, medicines for reflux and pain relief.

“Over and over we hear from our partners in the field that ‘when your medicines from Canada arrive, people start feeling better, they begin healing.’…We are eternally grateful to the pharmaceutical and healthcare companies in Canada who make this relief possible. This project will contribute to saving lives now and will make a lasting impact over the years. Saving the life of a mother gives hope to her community.”

Commitment of Canadian pharma and healthcare companies

The donor companies that are changing the birth story by contributing to this first shipment for SHOW Haiti are: AstraZeneca Canada, BD, Fresenius-Kabi, Henry Schein, Johnson & Johnson Inc., Pfizer Canada Inc., Pharmascience Inc., Teligent, and Teva Canada Limited.

Denis St-Amour, HPIC’s President, closed by thanking the 9 companies that donated to the SHOW project and the industry associations: the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association, Consumer Health Products Canada, and Innovative Medicines Canada.

“When I was in Malawi last year, I was told that when our medicines arrived, 750 people ran to the clinic to see if they could get treated- this work is thanks to you. This is our opportunity to thank you. Thank you.”

Improving access to essential medicines in rural Haiti

Blog post by Plan International of Canada

Medicines save lives but in rural communities access to medicine is a significant barrier to receiving adequate treatment. Existing health facilities often experience a shortage of essential medicines and equipment needed to respond appropriately, especially to reproductive health needs. This leaves adolescent girls and children in a precarious and vulnerable position.

According to UNICEF, Haiti has the highest maternal mortality rate in the Americas. In North-East Haiti, complications from pregnancy and childbirth are a major cause of death for adolescent girls – approximately 18% of them are mothers.

In response to the poor access to essential medicines, Plan International has partnered with Health Partners International of Canada* (HPIC) to arrange donations of essential, life-saving medicines to Haiti. With the support from HPIC and their generous donors, Plan International will be able to provide antibiotics to treat infections that women or young children can contract and oxytocin, an essential medicine used to prevent post-partum hemorrhage, which is among the leading causes of maternal death.

In Haiti, Plan International Canada will also work with Plan International Haiti, the local government and NGO partners to implement a multidimensional project. It will target the most marginalized and vulnerable women, adolescent girls and their children in hopes to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality.

Working to improve quality of care 

Health facilities in North-East Haiti face a number of challenges. There can be a lack of space, often times, the staff are tired and overworked, and patients are not always received in a friendly environment. Additionally, many of the facilities lack essential medical equipment and supplies needed to provide quality health services.

Plan International will focus its work on improving the quality of care that is provided to patients by making medicines and equipment available. And by working with health providers to reinforce their capacities to provide services that are adolescent friendly and that are responsive to the unique health needs of women and girls.

Hope for the future

“For having participated in many meetings, I believe that this project will be useful to the community…” -Mimose Alfred. (Fort-Liberté health center staff)

Although this project is only in its beginning stages, people at the health facilities are optimistic about the changes that Plan International and its partners can bring to the area. They believe the project will encourage community members to return to the hospitals.

Together, we are working to make sure that everyone and especially girls, women and children can exercise their rights to access quality health services without discrimination.

Our generous partners

The work we are doing would not be possible without our partners in Canada, namely HPIC and pharmaceutical donor companies including AstraZeneca Canada, BD, Fresenius-Kabi, Henry Schein, Hospira, Johnson & Johnson Inc., Pfizer Canada Inc., Pfizer Consumer, Pharmascience Inc., Teligent, and Teva Canada Limited, as well as government partners, and our local partners in the very communities we work with.

*Health Partners International of Canada is an independent Canadian charity dedicated to increasing access to medicine and improving health in the most vulnerable communities. HPIC works with Canada’s pharmaceutical and healthcare industry to treat about 1 million people in 50 countries every year through a well-established network of Canadian volunteers and global partners. HPIC equips medical mission teams, stocks clinics and hospitals in impoverished communities, mobilizes medical relief during emergencies and builds local capacity.

Help #ChangeTheBirthStory

Plan International Canada in partnership with the Government of Canada is supporting women, men, girls and boys to change the birth story in many remote communities across Ghana, Haiti, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi and Bangladesh.

Kenyan health facility serving Maasai gets a boost from HPIC

You have probably heard of Kenya’s Maasai people, perhaps the most well-known ethnic group in Africa thanks to their proximity to the big game parks and all the related tourist activities, colourful dress and nomadic lifestyle. Perhaps you don’t know that the traditional Maasai who live in the most remote areas of Kenya have lost many mothers, babies and young children because some do not get to clinics and access treatment.

The Maasai and other people living in the area of Narok did not have a hospital and needed a community health facility. The Nturumeti Dispensary was built to serve an area covering eight villages. In November the dispensary received a shipment of medical relief from Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC). This was part of the first provision of medical aid through HPIC’s Pamoja Project in partnership with Anglican Development Services Kenya (ADSK), a key partner in the delivery of healthcare to vulnerable communities in Kenya.

The medicines were “a boost to the facility,” reported Anne, the dispensary nurse. The facility, officially supported by the Ministry of Health, has had many challenges due to a poor supply of medicines. She has a tough time getting enough medicine with her modest budget.

“I appreciate the supply of infection control items such as waste bins, wet wipes, sharps containers, disposable gowns,” she says. “This has improved our infection control measures, especially in our maternity and wound dressing rooms.”

The women accessing the maternity services are especially grateful for the items they receive to improve their hygiene during and after childbirth. Anne believes that the number of patients is increasing thanks to greater access to medicine.

The nurse noted that the antibiotics for children were very effective. As stated by one of the beneficiaries, children are recovering well thanks to the donated medicines: “We are happy for the new drugs; they are causing our children to recover very fast.”

HPIC is currently planning the next shipment for the Pamoja Project, slated to leave in August.

About the project
Pamoja, which means “together” in Swahili, is in partnership with ADSK.

Like many African nations, Kenya relies on health services provided by faith-based organizations to care for more than 60 per cent of the population. Many women and children have little or no access to essential medicines or basic health services. As a result, the annual death rates remain far too high. Every year 8,000 mothers and over 7 million children five years old and younger die. Most of these deaths can be prevented through greater access to care and effective treatment.

HPIC’s Pamoja project aims to be part of the solution. Providing necessary medicines and supplies is one part of the project. And the other innovative component of the project involves training and mobilizing leaders as communications channels to transmit key health messages to communities and mothers. The hope is that more women will know about available health services, why and when to consult. To save the lives of mothers and young children, women and their partners need to consult before treatable complications and diseases go too far.

Partner highlight: HPIC is grateful for the partnership of Pfizer Canada, a donor of antibiotics to this shipment to Kenya. Pfizer Canada has been a partner since 1994 and was a top donor in 2016.

 

Volunteers pack “health and hope” throughout the year

Did you know that Health Partners International of Canada benefited from over 1,300 volunteer hours given by about 500 volunteers last year? And that is not even counting the Izzy Doll knitters and crocheters!

Almost every week teams come in to pack medicines at our distribution centre in Oakville, Ontario. Every Humanitarian Medical Kit is packed with care by a volunteer team. They sort the medicines and pack the kits that bring healing to the most vulnerable people in 50 countries every year.

“We love welcoming the volunteers to our distribution centre!” says Wes Robinson, HPIC’s Director of Operations. “It is a great way to share our mission, especially with the employees of companies that donate medicine. And when they leave, they know they are helping thousands of people access essential medicine and care.”

Other volunteers across Canada devote about 40,000 hours every year knitting or crocheting Izzy Dolls. The first task of these dolls is to protect the medicines packed in our Humanitarian Medical Kits. Their most important job is to bring joy and comfort to children seen at clinics and hospitals.

And there are more volunteers who offer their time and expertise to help HPIC with specific projects to advance the mission to increase access to medicine for the most vulnerable.

On the occasion of National Volunteer Week, we wish to offer our thanks to all our volunteers! Thank you!

And our partners in program delivery and the patients who benefit join us in thanking you:

“Thanks so much. There is no way we would be able to get access to these drugs or be able to afford them even if we could.”

“Thank you so much. We would not have any medicine if it were not for this Humanitarian Medical Kit!”

“The patients were very grateful that there are people who would care enough to donate these medications.”

“The medications facilitate my work. I am able to give more effective treatments than I would otherwise be able. Patients are happy to know someone cares about their wellbeing and is willing to help them. It makes them feel valued.”

Thanks to the companies that provide volunteers:

Astellas Pharma Canada, Inc.
AstraZeneca Canada
Bayer Inc.
Baxalta
Baxter
BD
Eli Lilly Canada
GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
IMS
Johnson & Johnson Inc.
LEO Pharma Inc. Canada
Merck
Pfizer Canada Inc.
Shire
Teva Canada Limited