In times of disasters and emergencies there is an imperative to respond quickly to ensure lives are saved and protected from disease outbreaks that often follow. GSK partners with humanitarian aid partners, experienced in the distribution of medicines, who follow WHO guidelines for medicines donations, ensuring that medicine donations are appropriate to the needs and of maximum benefit to the recipients.
The humanitarian product donation program is a fundamental part of GSK’s community investment activities to help save lives and improve the quality of life of people living in vulnerable situations, whether caused by a sudden unexpected emergency such as a disaster, or as a result of a chronic lack of available medicines for which longer-term, ongoing humanitarian aid is needed and where GSK’s medicines can really make a significant difference. Humanitarian product donations underpin GSK’s global mission to improve the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.
GSK works with AmeriCare, Project HOPE, Direct Relief, IMA (Interchurch Medical Assistance) and MAP International – who are experts in the distribution of medicines. They are able to select from GSK inventory which means that they have access to long dated, high quality products which meet the needs of communities. Their experience of community healthcare ensures that the right medicines reach people in need at the right time and because the products are pre-positioned in the partners’ warehouses, held in storage, they are able to respond swiftly, often within days of a disaster occurring. The partners also draw upon their stock of medicines in their warehouses to support longer-term healthcare programs in areas where medicines are either unavailable or there are gaps in healthcare provision.