Pharmacist shares Haitian project at Pharmascience

The first time he went to Haiti, Jean-François Bussières was discouraged. “I was shocked, I vomited, I lost consciousness, I was frustrated,” he recalled. “The quality of care was not ideal. The hospital is disorganized. They are dealing with many problems: parasites, HIV, hepatitis. There are shortages. For example, caregivers sometimes don’t have sterile or clean gloves and they don’t have enough.”

That was two years ago and today, he feels he is over the shock and more equipped to contribute to the work his Haitian colleagues are doing to reorganize the St-Michel Hospital. “We become more useful as we become immunized against the shocks and discomfort. With a spirit of humility, we can get closer to the people there and we can start to make a difference.”

Jean-François, who serves as chief pharmacist at Montreal’s Ste-Justine Hospital for children, came to thank Pharmascience for their donations of medicine to Health Partners International of Canada at the all-employee meeting of 1,600 Pharmascience employees Jan. 26.

“Just a few hours in a plane and you arrive in a country that is totally disorganized and chaotic,” he shared. “It makes you understand why Haitians want to leave.”

Haitians make about $1 – $2 a day and nothing is covered, he says. Patients must pay for everything. Access to good medications makes an enormous difference.

Every time Jean-François travels to Haiti, he brings humanitarian medical kits supplied by HPIC. The last time he went in the summer of 2015, he carried three products especially donated by Pharmascience to his project: Clarithromycin, Amoxicillin and Naproxen.

In Haiti a lot of medicine that is available is of inferior quality or expired. “The medicines provided by HPIC are essential to our project,” he said. “I am able to take care of the patients thanks to these medicines. Thank you to HPIC and thank you Pharmascience.”

Jean-François is part of a Canadian Red Cross project to reorganize the St-Michel Hospital in Jacmel, Haiti. The hospital is currently under construction and is expected to open this year. Jean-François is planning his next trip to Haiti for this spring.

Pharmascience was the top donor of medicines to HPIC in 2015. In total the company has provided 5 million courses of treatment through their donations to HPIC over 21 years.

Smiles of 100 patients express gratitude for life-changing plastic surgery

Some kids and their parents travelled over 400 kms for the opportunity to have free plastic surgery to repair facial malformations.

They had heard that a volunteer team with Operation Rainbow Canada was coming to India in late 2015. HPIC equipped the team with all the anesthetics needed for surgery, which were donated by AstraZeneca Canada. HPIC also provided donated sutures and other important medicines.

“They are polite and patient,” wrote Dr. Rai, the team leader. “Even post-surgery, they complain of pain very little. They have not seen at all or rarely seen Caucasian people and are very courteous about wanting to take pictures with them. I feel good that we are able to help and improve the lives of these unfortunate patients.”

Over 100 patients, some as young as three years old, received life-changing surgery over the two-week mission in November 2015. Most surgeries were to repair facial malformations, some were to improve problems caused by major burns. ORC’s priorities are babies, children, and young adults. The earlier the surgery is done in a child’s life, the less psychological trauma there will be. But when time permits, adults also benefit from life-changing surgery.

“(Early in the morning) the patients are silent and I wonder what goes across their minds. They trust us foreigners with their lives for a better outcome. Whatever little we can do to help them to face a new world with confidence, we are grateful,” Dr. Rai says.

“Their smiles show their appreciation and thanks. Even though they cannot speak our language, they show they are on the road to start a new life.”

One young woman who is experiencing a fresh start is Madhu. The report to HPIC related her story:

“Born to a poor family and orphaned when she was young, she was raised by her sister and they still live together.

“Her sister heard about the opportunity for the surgery, took the five-hour bus trip to the hospital, and stayed with Madhu throughout the process. They are poor farmers and Madhu doesn’t talk much due to her cleft lip, but the team could feel that she has a very pleasant personality in spite of her condition.

“Many patients look a bit puzzled and stare in disbelief at the stranger staring back at them in the mirror. Madhu was no different and she quite liked looking at her reflection. Mary, the recovery nurse, gave her a mirror to take home. After many years of disappointment trying to get assistance, Madhu’s sister was so very grateful that they made the long journey. We were glad that they took this chance as well.

“Every time I do a mission it reminds me how lucky we are in Canada to have all the necessary healthcare we could ever need.”

 

 

 

Thank you Izzy Doll knitters and crocheters!

HPIC’s knitters and crocheters received a special thank you from partners in the Physician Travel Pack program. Did you know that every year HPIC receives over 12,000 Izzy Dolls to distribute with our medical relief shipments every year?

These dolls protect the valuable life-saving medicines and then are given out to children who come to clinics. In some cases they are a first toy for a child. In all cases, the dolls bring joy and comfort.

Let us pass on this special word of thanks from our partners with the Eganville Rotary who brought a Physician Travel Pack to bring medical relief to people living in a slum in Kenya this October:

“Dr. Peter Inoti and his wife Francisca opened the PTP today and were extremely pleased with the shipment of drugs and medical supplies.  The knitted dolls were a very nice touch and as you can see from the photos, were appreciated by one happy youngster at the Clinic.  Please thank the people who did the knitting.”

“Let me add our thanks to our nationwide network of volunteer knitters and crocheters,” says Denis St-Amour, President of HPIC. “Each doll represents a child in an impoverished community who benefits from our medical relief programs. The doll is a lasting reminder of the care they received and a symbol of love from Canada because each doll is unique and handmade with love by a volunteer. Thank you.”

HPIC always needs Izzy Dolls. You can knit or crochet them too.

Recently the Izzy Doll was in the news because a lady in Perth is making them for refugees arriving in Canada.

 

Doctor shares impact of medical relief in the D.R. & Mayor of Oakville welcomes HPIC at new DC opening

The new distribution centre of Health Partners International of Canada officially opened on Nov. 25 and a variety of donors and partners were there to walk through the facility and hear about the impact of HPIC’s mission.

Even the most basic medicine can make an enormous difference to someone in need, said Denis St-Amour, HPIC’s president, pointing to the racking and skids of medicines and medical supplies in the 11,500 square-foot warehouse. So many people do not have access to medicine, the medicine they need is not available or it is too expensive.

“There are people who are waiting, hoping and praying for this medicine to reach them,” Denis said. “It will be life-saving or allow them to treat their symptoms and resume a normal active life.”

An example of a community that benefits regularly from medical relief provided by HPIC is in the Dominican Republic. Dr. Dario Del Rizzo, a physician and partner in HPIC’s Physician Travel Pack program, spoke at the event about the work he and his church, St. Peter’s in Vaughn, have been doing over the past 9 years.

Every year Dr. Del Rizzo and his community bring enough medicines and medical supplies to provide about 18,000 treatments. “Without you, the donors of medicines, we wouldn’t be able to do this,” he said at the opening.

“If you are born into a shantytown, your life expectancy in the D.R. is 50,” the doctor said. The HIV/AIDS rate is high for young people, malnutrition is around 30 per cent for children and chronic diarrhea affects about 50 per cent of children.

The church community began helping out after a few members were in the D.R. on vacation and became aware of the extreme poverty there. “Our Franciscan priests went to see for themselves and encouraged the parish to help. Without any government funding, with donations of $5 and $10 at a time, we developed programs in nutrition, immunization, education and health,” he said.

When Dr. Del Rizzo travels with the medicines each summer, he leaves enough to supply the pharmacy clinics for a year. “Even if you are working and can see a doctor for free, the doctor gives you a prescription and you cannot fill it,” he said after explaining that a young strong man can earn $2 for two days of work on the sugar cane plantation and that a hotel worker earns about $120 a month. “Gas is 10 cents more than here and everything, things like pasta, are more expensive than in Canada. A month of powdered milk for babies costs about 6 months’ salary.”

“Gradually, we see more progress all the time,” he said. The community now runs programs in 24 bateys or very impoverished communities. Two dozen young people have graduated from university and three doctors have graduated. “In one little clinic, there is a young doctor who we put through medical school and she is there all year along with two nurses,” he said.

“One of the nurses is named Esperanza, hope in English. She has a fitting name. When I asked her if we are making a difference, she said ‘yes’. I said ‘how’. And she replied: ‘Our kids don’t die anymore’. There is nothing more impressive and hopeful than her statement.”

The Mayor of Oakville offered a warm welcome to his town and introduced the local councillor Tom Adams. “I am very proud you chose to come to Oakville. …Congratulations on your 25th anniversary and on delivering 25 million treatments. There are 25 million really good reasons we’re glad you’re here and that’s the work you have done for the world.”

Denis St-Amour, HPIC’s president, mentioned that HPIC is close to having delivered half a billion dollars of medical relief. He thanked the Canadian healthcare industry and referred to the support of Canada’s Research-based Pharmaceutical Companies, the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association and Consumer Health Products Canada.

“We will work so hard to keep the trust of our donors and to act with integrity. …You have saved more lives than you will ever know. Let’s continue on this journey together.”

Denis said that HPIC would like to ramp up the medical relief to provide the next 25 million treatments in half the time it took to deliver the first.

See a video of Dr. Del Rizzo’s speech

See a photo album from the event

Oakville Beaver article

 

Pharmascience’s donated medicines are a blessing

In a few weeks the Dominican Republic will receive the first container of medical relief shipped out of the new efficient distribution centre in Oakville, Ontario of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).  Half the container, which left on Nov. 2, was loaded with medicines donated by Pharmascience, including antibiotics for kids, asthma inhalant, medicine for arthritis pain, cholesterol lowering medicine, fluoride tablets, cough syrup and vitamins.

The 40-foot container was sent in partnership with HOPE International Development Agency and was destined for a mountainous region called San Jose de Ocoa.

The medical relief will be distributed to a network of clinics, hospitals and other facilities, including a Red Cross clinic.

Health facilities are under-resourced and doctors cannot always provide full care to patients, according to HOPE. This shipment will provide residents of San Jose de Ocoa and surrounding provinces with free basic medicines that they would not usually be able to obtain. Treatment and recovery for thousands of people who live in poverty will be possible thanks to this provision of essential medicines.

HOPE has been a partner of HPIC for seven years. They regularly send medical relief to this region of the D.R. and to other countries. HOPE describes their work: “We extend a helping hand to the poorest of the poor so they can regain their self-sufficiency, or in cases of disaster, survive.”

There was a story about a patient living in the same region of the D.R. who benefitted from Pharmascience donations earlier in 2015 in a recent report HPIC received from HOPE:

“Maria Mordan, aged 64, lives alone since her child died of kidney disease at age 27. Mrs. Mordan suffers from bronchial asthma and recently went to a health centre when she had an asthma attack. Rhinaris helped with the symptoms, but the doctor also diagnosed Mrs. Mordan with high blood pressure. A cardiologist at the San Jose de Ocoa hospital prescribed a treatment of 100mg of Losartan. As an older person without any family to support her, Mrs. Mordan refused this treatment because she was worried she could not afford it. However, thanks to the donation from HPIC, Mrs. Mordan was able to access an 8-month supply of Losartan. Mrs. Mordan is so grateful to the donors for helping her.”

The medicines in this earlier shipment, including Rhinaris and Losartan, provided treatment for 69,250 patients in 43 facilities. The staff highlighted the usefulness of Pharmascience’s Losartan donation in particular, and wished to thank HPIC’s donors for these life-saving medicines.

Dr. Jacqueline Castillo of the regional hospital extended the thanks and appreciation of all her colleagues. “Each time that a mother comes to our centre with a child in her arms – or any other patient – seeking medical attention,” wrote Dr. Castillo in her report to HPIC, “and we are able to prescribe them the medication they need and give it to them for free, they are blessed. Thanks to you and your program to help people in need. God bless you.”

“We are very grateful for the long-time commitment of Pharmascience to our mission of delivering health and hope,” said Denis St-Amour, HPIC’s President.

Pharmascience has been donating to HPIC since 1995 and this year, to date, Pharmascience has donated enough medicine to provide an estimated 500,000 treatments!

 

Globe and Mail features HPIC-GSK partnership

Globe and Mail: National Philanthropy Day Feature

Benefits of strong partnerships reach vulnerable people across the globe

Last updated Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 10:32AM EST

Annually for the past nine years, Dominick Shelton has taken a pause from his position as emergency physician at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to provide voluntary medical care in the rural Jamaican community of Maggotty, St. Elizabeth.

Recently, Dr. Shelton brought along enough steroid inhalers to treat 100 asthma patients. The inhalers were donated by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Canada, through the Special Product Request program of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).

“I made the request because asthma medication is very expensive there,” he says. “Even though most medicine is provided by the church-run clinic, many people are too poor to afford additional treatments like inhalers to manage their asthma – so they go without.

“This type of donation is invaluable for providing medical care to people in underprivileged communities. I am grateful I was able to make the connection in Canada to bring help to where it is badly needed.”

This is one example of the benefits of the partnership between GSK and HPIC. “The way that GSK supports us is really the gold standard for corporate philanthropy,” says Linda Campbell, HPIC’s senior director, product planning. For over 20 years, GSK has provided medicine, financial donations and employee volunteer time to support HPIC’s mission to increase access to medicine and improve health in vulnerable communities worldwide.

In some cases, HPIC works with its partner aid agencies in the field to identify specific medication needs and GSK builds in extra capacity in its production runs to produce those products. The company also donates medication for HPIC’s Physician Travel Pack program.

“Canadian health-care practitioners on overseas medical missions bring 50 pounds of medicines packed in two boxes, says Ms. Campbell. “They’re valuable for remote areas because they’re easily transported; we’ve seen them in dugout canoes and on the backs of donkeys. These ‘clinics in a pack’ contain hundreds of treatments.”

In addition, GSK frequently sends groups of employees to help put together the travel packs.

Another key partnership links GSK with Save the Children around a shared mission to tackle some of the leading causes of newborn and childhood deaths in the developing world.

“This innovative partnership combines Save the Children’s child-health expertise and on-the-ground experience with GSK’s resources and knowledge to help save the lives of marginalized children in remote communities worldwide,” says Ylber Kusari, national senior manager, engagement and partnerships, with Save the Children Canada.

Together, GSK and Save the Children are working to develop child-friendly medicines, train health workers and strengthen health systems, widen access to medicines and vaccines, and respond to humanitarian emergencies. They are also jointly advocating for more global action – including by the private sector – to tackle child survival and improve access to health care. Partnership initiatives include a project to reformulate chlorhexidine – a common mouthwash ingredient – into an antiseptic gel for preventing umbilical cord infection.

“The research to develop chlorhexidine gel responds to a serious need. One of the major causes of newborn deaths in poor countries is serious infection at the site of the umbilical stump,” says Mr. Kusari. Employees at GSK frequently do fundraising for Save the Children, and the company sends staff on three- to six-month assignments at Save the Children offices around the world to provide expertise in accounting, marketing and more.

“GSK is a strong supporter of our program to train health workers in remote, hard-to-reach communities,” adds Mr. Kusari. “With GSK’s help, we are building the capacity of local communities to meet the primary health-care needs of their children.”

“In addition to benefiting communities, GSK’s community investments help to boost employee morale and offer employees opportunities to make a contribution where they work and live,” says Alison Pozzobon, director, corporate communications LC, GSK Canada. “At GSK, we share a common vision with our community partners of enhancing health care and doing so in ways that are innovative, sustainable and produce tangible results. We feel privileged to be able to contribute to the realization of their missions as we strive to achieve our own – to help people do more, feel better, live longer.”

Link to Globe and Mail page 

Miracle in Honduras thanks in part to Merck’s partnership with HPIC

Dr. Mallory Chavannes, Dr. Fabian Gorodzinsky, and Dr. Chloe Davidson regularly travel to Honduras on humanitarian medical missions always equipped with medicines provided by HPIC. During their April 2014 mission, they were able to bring healing to about 650 children in the towns around Gracias.

Merck Canada Inc. (Merck) has been a long-time supporter of medical mission trips through HPIC, sponsoring Physician Travel Packs (PTP) such as those used by Dr. Chavannes and her team. This year, Merck will approach the $10 million milestone in donations of medicine as well as in financial support to HPIC.

Each PTP is a standard assortment of essential medicines and medical supplies needed to provide primary care, like bringing a basic pharmacy along.

Of all the hundreds of children Dr. Chavannes treated with PTPs such as those sponsored by Merck, two stood out in her memory. She wrote about these two little boys, aged 12 and 7, in her post-trip report to HPIC.

“Looking at them, you would have thought they were 8 and 3, considering how small they were. They had been abandoned by their mother and were in the care of their father and grandfather,” Dr. Chavannes wrote.

“They had a very rare skin condition called Xeroderma Pigmentosum. This is a genetic condition which affects the skin, depriving it of its natural protection. It places the children at higher risk for cancer from sun exposure. They also are prone to skin ulcerations and corneal abrasions.

“Infections of the skin ulcers can be very problematic. They actually had been lucky to see a dermatologist in Gracias, but they could not afford any therapy. In Canada, they would have been treated with high dose retinoic acid or with 5-FU.

“However, it just so happens this year that the Physician Travel Packs came with multiple bottles of replenishing eye drops. We usually do not have many indications to use these in paediatrics. However, these were perfect for the boys!

“We managed to find a large bag and filled it with eye drops to protect their eyes from corneal abrasions (which can lead to blindness). We also gave them tubes of antibiotic cream to protect their ulcerating skin.

“Combined with sunscreen from our own personal supplies, these boys had enough medication for at least a year to protect them from the sun, keep their wounds from getting infected and protect their eyes.

“It really felt like a miracle that we had the chance to meet these boys and to actually provide medications that they needed,” she wrote.

“This trip would definitely not be the same without the donations of medicine from HPIC’s donors,” Dr. Chavannes wrote in her report. “For some of these children, it is obvious that the timeliness of our presence, combined with the antibiotics, is a life-saving event. It is clear that a young baby affected with pneumonia can suffer severe consequences. Also, considering how difficult it is to fundraise and buy medication at full price for these kinds of missions, it is indispensable to have organizations like HPIC combined with donations from companies for us to be able to deliver care abroad.”

 

Chikungunya symptoms alleviated with donations from CHP Canada members

When we think of essential medicines, we often think of prescription medicines. But it is amazing how effective over-the-counter medicines can be to treat everyday illnesses and even relieve symptoms of some exotic viruses in developing and impoverished areas of the world.

HPIC has had a long running partnership with Consumer Health Products Canada (CHP Canada) and several of its member companies, manufacturers of non-prescription – or self-care – products. CHP Canada has been a partner since the earliest days and was a major sponsor of HPIC’s mission during this anniversary year.

In 2014, there was an outbreak of the chikungunya virus in the most impoverished country in the western hemisphere. Fortunately, HPIC was able to provide a major shipment of medicines suited to this outbreak- many from CHPC members.

Chikungunya is a virus spread by infected mosquitos that causes debilitating joint pain and high fevers. Other symptoms are muscle pain, rash, headache, nausea, and fatigue. Chikungunya usually isn’t fatal, but there have been deaths related to the disease. Infants and the elderly are the most vulnerable to this virus.

“There is no specific antiviral drug treatment for chikungunya,” the World Health Organization states in a fact sheet about the disease. “Treatment is directed primarily at relieving the symptoms.”

Originally from Africa, the virus has spread to many parts of the world and landed in the Caribbean about two years ago. Haiti was ground zero for the first outbreak there.

HPIC provided medical relief through Food for the Poor to Haiti in 2014 when the country was experiencing an epidemic. “The beneficiaries were relieved of pain after receiving acetaminophen or ibuprofen,” wrote Food for the Poor’s agent in Haiti. “These are the only safe medicines that can treat the virus. It was a big relief for infected people to receive these medicines.”

Over-the-counter medicines we use here every day in Canada, are important and essential medicines for many of HPIC’s projects, including the Mother-Child Health Kit and Physician Travel Pack. These medicines and vitamins provide tremendous relief and are very appreciated by our program partners.

 

Teva Canada keeps HPIC supplied in basic medicines like amoxicillin

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.”

 

 

HPIC Statement re: irresponsible reporting by TVA Nouvelles and Journal de Montréal

The staff and board members of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) are appalled by the television report that aired on TVA Nouvelles Oct. 26, 2015 and the related story that was published in the Journal de Montréal Oct. 27, 2015.

This story is an absolute distortion of HPIC’s work, our organizational identity, our values and our ways of operating. Inspired by Christian values, HPIC has worked over the last 25 years with more than 1,000 different program partners to provide donated medical relief to the world’s most vulnerable people.

The story states that HPIC provided millions of dollars of funding to five organizations, which is absolutely and unequivocally false. No funds have ever been released to these groups or any other groups in Canada or abroad. Rather, HPIC provided medical relief shipments to vulnerable communities through these organizations in the past. The scope and context of our work is missing from this damaging, sensational “story.”

This story focused on a handful of partners from our past. HPIC severed ties with four of the five groups mentioned as soon as information surfaced (respectively in 2003, 2010, 2011 and 2013) that was counter to our humanitarian mission. Work with Human Concern International is currently suspended while we investigate; the last shipment of medical relief was over a year ago.

HPIC works according to best practices and in compliance with Canada Revenue Agency rules, WHO Guidelines for Medicine Donations, Imagine Canada’s Ethical Standards Program and Health Canada Establishment Licence regulations.

HPIC is a not-for-profit relief and development organization that delivers health and hope to the world’s most vulnerable people. We are dedicated to increasing access to medicine and improving health in the developing world through the provision of essential medicines & medical supplies, pharmaceutical management and logistics, and capacity-building projects.

In the rare instances that unethical, improper or illegal activities are reported or uncovered, HPIC investigates and suspends partnerships appropriately. Such suspensions have taken place over the years for various reasons including a partner losing Canada Revenue Agency status, another partner’s distribution centre being operated in a disorganized manner that made us lose confidence, and failure to provide reporting.

In the past year, HPIC added capacity to our programs team by hiring two additional staff people. Their primary function is monitoring, reporting and evaluation.

It is the position of HPIC that publishing and broadcasting the story was irresponsible and defamous.

The trust of our donors is paramount and we are committed to using the resources entrusted to us to provide the maximum benefit to the most vulnerable communities in the world.

Every year we provide about 1.5 million treatments to communities in need. Focusing on the needs of our beneficiaries, we will continue to advance our mission with a diversity of partners (physicians, health workers, humanitarian organizations, faith-based organizations (Christian, Muslim, etc), community groups) according to best practices.

Update: Québecor Média inc. deleted the report on all their web sites within 24 hours of its broadcast/publication.