As the largest manufacturer of generic medicines in the world, Teva touches the lives and improves the health of people all over the globe every day. But did you know that Teva Canada Limited delivers health and healing to the most vulnerable communities in the world through its long-term partnership with Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC)?
Teva Canada has been a donor to HPIC since 2003, providing close to $40 million of donated essential medicines and annual general funding to support HPIC’s mission. This year Teva Canada retired the Canadian Medicine Aid Program (CAN-MAP), which it started 30 years ago to distribute medicines to teams and doctors on overseas medical missions, and entered a partnership with HPIC to redirect all humanitarian requests to HPIC’s Special Product Request program.
Teva Canada product can be found in all HPIC Physician Travel Packs and in many other provisions of medical relief. Doctors often request Teva Canada product for their specialized missions, such as pediatric surgery missions.
I would like to thank Teva Canada for being a consistent donor of essential medicines and platinum sponsor of HPIC’s 25th anniversary.
One of the most universally requested medicines is amoxicillin, a drug administered to both children and adults to treat bacterial infections in various parts of the body.
Here are some testimonies about how Teva Canada’s donated amoxicillin helped treat patients in need:
Clinics at several orphanages, Cambodia, March 2015
“One young girl from the orphanage had very fearful and sad eyes. While we were treating her
with antiparasitic medication and vitamins, we asked her through the interpreter if anything
else was wrong. She lifted her t-shirt to reveal a large nasty weeping wound on the front left of her tummy. We set up to clean the wound using the 10% Betadine solution. It was obviously painful for her as we removed the pus encrusted surface and cleaned it properly. We then applied topical antibiotic, then proceeded to gently dress it with large bandages and tape, applying a bandage around her abdomen to secure everything. We gave her oral amoxicillin as an antibiotic for skin and reviewed her over the next few days. By Day 3 we changed her dressing and noticed about 70% healing. Her eyes had lost some fear, yet the sadness remained. However, the long process of trust was beginning.”
Winter 2014 mobile clinics for people displaced by the typhoon in the Philippines
“One man had been sick with fever, cough and colds for some weeks and had no
money to pay for the medicines he needed. He was so grateful when he heard about the
Medical Mission, he could have free consultation and also free medicines. He received vitamins, Tylenol for his fever and amoxicillin for his infection. We talked to him three days later and he already felt better. Then we had a lady that had a toothache for more than a month. She had no money to pay the dentist so she came when we had the Medical Mission. She was given amoxicillin so her tooth infection was cured and then she had a tooth extraction. She felt like a new person when the pain was gone! We gave her Tylenol for pain. Many mothers with babies were grateful for the free medicines, especially Tylenol and antibiotics.
“We would like to say a big thank you for all the good medicine that you gave us. All the patients are very grateful. The doctors in the Philippines that have been working together with us were very impressed by the quality of the medicine.”
Haiti mobile clinics, January 2015
“I would like to thank you so much for all the supplies and prescriptions. They were all used and the patients and staff were extremely grateful for the donations. Many people waited from 3 a.m. to see the doctor and then receive medications. The families struggle daily to provide food to their families and simply do not have money to see a doctor, get tests, or receive needed medications.
“The parents of children appeared to be the most thankful, often only wanting their children to be seen.
“There are many stories of healing. A 7-year-old boy had an open and infected wound on the bottom of his foot for several weeks (maggots and flies were present). First aid and wound care were given. Also the patient was given a supply of amoxicillin, and children’s acetaminophen.
The group feels the PTPs were very useful and enabled us to give needed medications to
those in great need.”