Project information

Lifesaving antibiotics for children in Africa

Inter Care wants to provide amoxicillin syrup for the treatment of a wide range of infections, including pneumonia, in children in rural sub-Saharan Africa. Pneumonia caused by bacteria can be treated with antibiotics yet only 33% of children with pneumonia receive the antibiotics they need.

December 2016 - December 2017

Charity information: Inter Care - Medical Aid for Africa

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  • Need

    Need

    Pneumonia killed an estimated 922,000 children globally in 2015. Currently Inter Care can only purchase amoxicillin, used to treat infections including pneumonia, sporadically and after the difficult task of assessing which vital medicines to purchase with such a limited budget. Major challenges exist regarding access to and availability of antibiotics in many parts of Africa, therefore the majority of patients at our health clinics do not receive the lifesaving antibiotics they need

    Solution

    Death from pneumonia and other infections are highest in poor rural communities, where most of the health units we support are located. This project would enable us to provide regular, sustainable supplies of this vital and in many cases lifesaving antibiotic to the most vulnerable. Amoxicillin would be used to treat a range of infections as well as acute malnutrition in children at our health centres. With your help Inter Care could treat children who we have previously been unable to reach.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To make amoxicillin syrup accessible and free to the most vulnerable and at risk child patients.

    Activities

    » Provide a bi-annual supply of 30 bottles of amoxicillin syrup to each health unit, for the treatment of a range of infections in vulnerable children.

    We will provide reports detailing numbers of patients reached and the impact of this project. These will include case studies/feedback from individual patients where appropriate.


  • Impact

    Impact

    This project will reduce the number of children suffering from a range of infections, including ear, nose, throat, urinary/respiratory tract infections, in particular bronchitis and pneumonia. The World Health Organisation recommends the use of amoxicillin for children with severe malnutrition, common amongst patients seen at our beneficiary units. Therefore this project will aid the recovery of children with severe malnutrition. We will monitor success by the number of patients treated.

    Risk

    A price increase of medicines could impact on the number of patients supported. However we have secured an agreed cost price from a supporting wholesale partner. An increase in transportation costs could impact on the amount required to achieve our aims. However we are currently trialling alternative ways to supply beneficiary health units including buying in country which is proving successful and cost effective. We have also secured grants specifically for transportation costs.

    Reporting

    We will report to donors through various mediums. This will include our regular newsletter and through our social media pages and website. These reports will include details on the numbers of patients who have benefitted and how, and will include photographs and case studies where appropriate.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,800 Medicines Purchasing Paedeatric Amoxicillin Syrup
      £1,440 Transportation Costs Sending the medicines to our beneficary health units
      £760 Support Costs Temp controlled storage, regulatory compliance, project management
  • Background

    Location

    The project will target 60 of our 130 health units. These are located in Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.

    Beneficiaries

    Direct beneficiaries will be children between the ages of 1 month - 18 years old. These will include children who are vulnerable, at risk and who's families are unable to afford treatment. Each health unit that receives this medication will be able to treat 60 children over the course of 1 year. Indirect beneficiaries will include the families of children treated, and society, who will benefit by having healthy children who are able to attend school and develop into productive healthy adults.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Inter Care has been supporting African partners for over 40 years. We are beneficiary led which means we provide medical aid in response to local need. We have a network of grassroots health providers spanning 6 African countries. We establish close and long term relationships with the health units we support. In 2012 we received the highly prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service. Inter Care was also the subject of a BBC Inside Out programme in 2013, which showcased our work in Malawi.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Diane Hardy - General Manager

    Will oversee the implementation of all aspects of the project from purchasing, transportation, communicating with the beneficiary health units.

    Fundraising Team - (Julie Anne Smith & Charlotte Wright)

    Preparing the application, securing the pledges, collating donor reports and publicising progress and impact of the project on a range of platforms.

    William Johnson & Volunteer Warehouse Staff

    Preparation and recording of the donations ready for dispatch. Designating of amount of medicines sent to each beneficiary health unit.

    In Country Health Unit Staff

    They will ensure correct handling, storage and administration of the medicines as well as collecting data from beneficiaries relating to impact.