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Project information

Bringing Health & Hope to Pakistan's Poorest

To strengthen the Health System of the Punjab through;
1. improved access to essential medicines
2. improved Medicine Management and Control (MMC)
3. Leverage £20 of donated medicines to every £1 of donated project costs.

September 2010 - September 2012

Charity information: International Health Partners

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  • Need


    The chronic shortage of Essential Medicines in the Public Hospitals in The Punjab, leads to loss of lives, chronic illness, increase in poverty and break down of the social contract between the public and The State. A lack of capacity in the supply chain means that medical donations are not always handled and distributed in the most appropriate manner.


    IHP facilitates donations of top-quality, in-date medicines, from all sections of the Pharmaceutical Industry across UK and Europe. DHL provides free warehousing and Pakistan International Airlines provide reduced airfreight charges, enabling the medicines to be transported quickly to The Punjab for minimal cost. In addition, IHP aims to facilitate the transfer of best practice in medical supply-chain management developed by the WHO in previous projects working with IHP in Pakistan.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improve Access to Essential Medicines in The Punjab


    » Persuade European Pharmaceutical Companies to donate £4.25m of essential medicines. All medicines will be pre-approved by the WHO & the local MOH.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...£4.25 million of essential medicines which have been approved by the WHO and Ministry of Health.

    Aim 2

    Improve Medicine Management and Control


    » Work with the WHO to bring about a skills transfer from lessons learnt through the donation of £10m of medicines from previous projects with IHP.

    What success will look like

    Success will be...training of pharmacists and dispensary assistants by the WHO in Medicine Management and Control (MMC).

    Aim 3

    Leverage £20 of donated medicines to every £1 of donated project costs.


    » Facilitate donated medicines & engage airlines and freight forwarding companies to transport the medicines for reduced costs

    What success will look like

    Success will be...£4.25 million of essential medicines leveraged off £250,000 donation.

  • Impact


    The donated medicines will allow a portion of the budget previously assigned to medicines to be spent on improving the physical infrastructure of the hospitals and training human resources. Using the resources in this way reduces the operational dependency on donated medicines. A greater investment in capacity development and training in Medicines Management and Control should ensure that The Punjab has the resources required to manage a well functioning pharmaceutical supply chain.


    The risk of the diversion of medicines can be dealt with by closely auditing medicines through to end-user. IHP has worked closely with the WHO to monitor the previous £10m of donated medicines and this project will require similar oversight. There is also the risk that the Pharmaceutical companies will not provide the medicines. IHP is constantly strengthening relationships with the industry who to date have been very supportive of these types of programmes.


    All medicines will be tracked by expiry date and batch number. A quarterly update of both donated medicines and detailing progress will be produced.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £250,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £130,000 Shipping Costs Of medicines weighing an estimated 127,500 kg
      £120,000 Running Costs Brokering donations, organising shipping, in-country audit
  • Background


    The public hospitals in the Punjab, starting with the Jinnah Hospital Lahore. This is a 1250 bed teaching hospital attached to Allam Iqbal Medical College (a not for profit governmental organisation). The total number of patients to this hospital alone in year 2003 was 500,000 and it has increased to 700,000 patients in year 2007.


    The poorest of the poor who without these hospitals would have no access to health care and would otherwise be forced into abject poverty and be unable to support their families.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    IHP is an innovative public private not-for-profit venture, set up 5 years ago to act as the single coordinator of donated medical aid from the UK to the developing world. IHP acts as a broker, requiring high levels of trust and connectivity with the senior executives of the world’s largest companies, charities, governments and international agencies. There was no market for gifts-in-kind in medicines in Europe before IHP. In 5 years, IHP has: donated 7 million treatments (£50m) of medicines.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Anthony Dunnett CBE

    President and Founder of International Health Partners,has been instrumental in establishing IHP and its positioning with the Pharmaceutical Industry

    George Rocke

    International Director- has been working with the WHO in Pakistan since the 2005 Earthquake in Kashmir.

    Mohammad Sarwar

    First Muslim MP in the United Kingdom and Chairman of the U-Care Foundation.

    Dr Syed Khalid Saeed Bukhari

    B.Pharm,M.Pharm,M.Phil(Clin.Pharm),FRSC,FASCP,MCPA President Pakistan Pharmacist Association and Head of Essential Medicines for the WHO Pakistan