DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX, QC, April 4, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ - Thanks to the generosity of Canadian drug and medical device manufacturers, and its financial donors and volunteers, Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC) is mobilizing immediate medical relief for those affected by Cyclone Idai in southeastern Africa.
An initial shipment of primary care medicines is being finalized for airlift by HPIC to Harare, Zimbabwe, for distribution by the Salvation Army of Zimbabwe to rural hospitals affected by the devastating cyclone.
This first shipment consists of 20 large Humanitarian Medical Kits which, thanks to its regular donors, HPIC has on hand. Each kit provides enough treatment for approximately 300 patients, meaning this initial shipment will help meet the medical needs of some 6,000 of the cyclone victims, or several large villages.
"HPIC is pleased to be able to quickly provide this initial donated Canadian medical aid to people who have been affected by this disastrous and unprecedented cyclone," said Denis St. Amour, President of HPIC. "We are in contact with partners working in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi who are further ascertaining their health needs and we will be reaching out with subsequent appeals to respond to their further needs."
The donated products come from companies in Canada's four major medical and medicinal supply industries: Innovative Medicines Canada, the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association, the Consumer Health Products Canada and MEDEC, the medical technology industry in Canada.
HPIC is continuing its appeal to individual companies to respond to this crisis and looks forward to sending further much-needed aid in the coming weeks.
Health Partners International of Canada is the only charity in Canada licensed by Health Canada to handle donated medicines for vulnerable communities in the developing world. Since 1990, HPIC has been equipping medical mission teams, stocking clinics and hospitals in impoverished communities, mobilizing medical relief during emergencies and building local capacity. www.hpicanada.ca
SOURCE Health Partners International of Canada
For further information: Marcelle McPhaden, Senior Director, Healthcare Relations and Programs, Health Partners International of Canada, Tel: 514-822-1112, ext. 130 / Cell: 514-815-1875, Email: [email protected]