Emergency Relief

Is your organization responding to an emergency situation? Find out how HPIC can help in your relief efforts.

One major facet of HPIC’s mission is to respond to emergency situations developing around the world. HPIC works with international and local partners to send urgently needed medicines and medical supplies to deal with major health threats posed by natural and human-made disasters.

HPIC is uniquely positioned to respond in this way due to its strong relationships with pharmaceutical companies, medical supply manufacturers, and first responders on the ground, as well as its advanced warehousing, medicine handling, and logistics capacities.

How Does HPIC Respond?

Depending on the type of intervention, the capacity of the responding organisations, and the nature and scale of the emergency, there are a number of options HPIC partners can choose from.

Humanitarian Medical Kits are prepacked medical kits that are easy to transport, enabling doctors and health professionals to quickly set up functional clinics in emergency situations. Each HMK can provide up to 600 treatments, and is a great tool for providing medical relief where infrastructure is damaged and supply chains are broken. These kits can be hand-carried by first responders or shipped through airlifts in bulk or kit formats.

Mother Child Health Kits equip frontline health workers with basic equipment, medicines and medical supplies to care for mothers and babies during pregnancy, childbirth and the early postpartum period. Pregnant women and children are at higher risk for disease and other health issues. The kits help address some of these concerns.

Bulk Medicines and Supplies Shipments are built based on needs lists developed by our partners on the ground. HPIC can either allocate products from our inventory or request special donations from industry partners. This way, only the most appropriate medicines are sent to meet the needs of those affected by the emergency situation. Shipments are then assembled and prepared for airlift or container delivery according to our partners’ requests.

Partner responsibilities

In order to maintain accountability to our donors and ensure the continuous improvement and quality of activities, HPIC requires our partners to report on the impact of their shipment and how donated medicines contributed to their relief programming.

Partners must also comply with the following conditions:

  • HPIC donated medicines must be offered to patients for humanitarian purposes, without discrimination
  • HPIC donated medicines cannot be sold or exchanged for goods or services
  • HPIC donated medicines must be dispensed by licensed healthcare practitioners before their expiry date


HPIC follows international best practices and standards when responding in emergency situations. These guidelines help ensure that only the most effective and adapted activities are implemented in disaster responses. These include the WHO Guidelines for Medicine Donations, the SPHERE Standards, and the ICRC Code of Conduct.

If you would like HPIC’s support in your emergency relief efforts, please contact HPIC’s Samuel Asare-Kusi at samuel@hpicanada.ca or call him at 1-866-798-4742 or 905-670-1990, ext. 208.