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Project information

Medicines for Christmas

Access to medicine can mean the difference between life and death for someone suffering from otherwise treatable illnesses. We will coordinate the delivery of donated essential medicines to clinics in the Middle East, to treat thousands of refugees and help them begin to rebuild their lives.

December 2017 - December 2018

Charity information: International Health Partners

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  • Need


    Today, across the Middle East, millions of people have been forced to flee their homes by conflict and violence in Syria and Iraq – creating the worst refugee crisis since WW2.

    Many of these people have serious and urgent medical needs. Although they may be able to see a doctor, there are widespread shortages of medicines in the camps, clinics, and places they have fled to. Doctors are therefore often powerless to treat their injuries and illnesses, leading to needless suffering and death.


    We will coordinate the delivery of high quantities of essential donated medicines to the health facilities in the region – especially Northern Iraq.

    As the medical aid we source is donated rather than purchased we can leverage excellent value for money – for each £1 we raise on average we will be able to provide lifesaving and enhancing treatments for 2 people.

    We will liaise regularly with local partners to meet specific needs and already provide an essential health pack of core medicines

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Coordinate the delivery of 480,000 treatments (value c. £1.6m) to areas of need in Iraq & region


    » Liaise with healthcare facilities in Iraq and the region to assess the most needed medicines and supplies
    » Work with our healthcare company partners to source the required medical aid for donations to this project
    » Consolidate, pack, and ship this medicine to on the ground partners (aid agencies, camp clinics, hospitals and health services in Iraq and region)

    What success will look like

    Our ‘on the ground’ providers (all trusted partners who have undergone a stringent due diligence process) will confirm safe receipt of the medicines.

    Aim 2

    Enable 120,000 men, women and children to obtain lifesaving and life enhancing medical treatment


    » Provide critical essential medicines to healthcare providers on the ground, where they are most needed
    » Support partners with essential documentation related to medicines / customs clearance
    » Doctors and healthcare providers will be able to treat patients suffering from various illnesses and injuries using our donated medicines

    What success will look like

    The partners will monitor and report on the use and impact of the medicines we send e.g. numbers of people treated (we aim for around 120,000), medical issues addressed etc.

  • Impact


    The project will provide medical treatment for tens of thousands of refugees. It will save lives and treat injuries and illnesses before irreparable damage is caused to long term health. Ultimately it will allow individuals and families the chance to rebuild their lives in good health, as peace is restored. Restricted health budgets will be eased allowing investment in rebuilding infrastructure.

    We will demonstrate this success by collating patient statistics, feedback and case studies.


    Any significant change in security conditions on the ground may mean our partners need to move or suspend medical treatments for a period of time however, given UNHCR oversight of the camps, there will always be individuals with medical needs that we can access.

    Supply routes to the region can be affected by changes in security conditions. We adapt these as necessary during the course of the project and may target different refugee and displaced communities.


    Donors to this project will receive periodic updates on the impact our work is having in the clinics, hospitals, and emergency settings where our donated medicines are being used. This will take the form of reports featuring usage statistics, situation updates, and patient case studies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £60,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £19,000 Medical Needs Assessment Liaison with on ground partners to assess most needed medicines
      £27,500 Product Sourcing Working with donor network to source right kinds and quantities of medicines required
      £8,000 Processing and shipping Processing, storing, and consolidating donated medical products
      £3,000 Monitoring Monitoring of medical product use and evaluation
      £2,500 Overheads Organisational overheads
  • Background


    The Middle East refugee crisis is rooted in the Syrian conflict, which forcibly displaced 18 million people across the region. The majority of these have remained in the Middle East – especially Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. One area of focus will be Iraqi Kurdistan where millions of people have fled to – thousands daily continue to do so from nearby Mosul. The region has a good health infrastructure, but has faced overwhelming pressure on its resources, and now lacks medicines to treat patients.


    People who have been forcibly displaced by conflict - men, women, and children – will benefit from our project. They may have injuries from conflict, or may have developed illnesses from living in crowded, unsanitary conditions in camps. These are people who have already been through unimaginable traumas but now face suffering and death from treatable illnesses, through lack of access to what may be basic medicines. Our project will help thousands of them gain the medical treatment they need.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    IHP is the only coordinator of donated medical aid in the UK. Using donated medicines (direct from healthcare companies) means our work is extremely cost-effective - small amounts of funding can have a huge impact. Since 2004 we have supplied medical aid to 35 million people in 105 countries.

    We have a strong network of donor companies, and in the Middle East we are already working with trusted partners (health ministries, aid agencies running clinics) who will use medicines most effectively

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Louise Hart

    Louise is our programme director, an experienced development practitioner, who ensures our medicines are used by reputable organisations

    Dr Mariwan Baker

    The Founder of international NGO, Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation, who runs emergency health clinics in the region using the medicine we supply

    Dr Hassan

    Representing doctors across the region, often working without pay, committed and capable, who with our help will be able to save and improve lives

    Adele Paterson

    Our Corporate Partnerships Manager who holds high level relationships with pharmaceutical companies and will procure donated essential medicines


£50 can provide 200 children with antibiotics