Merck Medical Outreach Program

Established in 1958, the Merck Medical Outreach Program (MMOP) is the primary mechanism through which Merck donates its pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer health products for humanitarian assistance in the developing world and in support of disaster relief and emergency situations worldwide.

Merck Medical Outreach Program

The Merck Medical Outreach Program (MMOP), managed by Merck’s Office of Corporate Responsibility, is one mechanism through which the company help to expand access to our products especially, in the developing world. The program enables Merck to donate critical pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer health products to a limited number of qualified, U.S.-based, private voluntary organizations (PVOs). The scope of MMOP varies from year to year and is influenced by changing medical needs in developing countries, the quantity of Merck medicines available for donation, and the random nature of natural and man-made disasters.

Donations of Merck medicines are made primarily through six qualified nongovernmental organizations (NGOs): AmeriCares, Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), Direct Relief International, IMA World Health, MAP International, and Project HOPE. Each of these organizations has a long-standing relationship with the company; demonstrates integrity of purpose; provides assurance that Merck products will be securely warehoused and not diverted, mishandled or misappropriated; and has well-established programs for the ill and needy in developing countries. The company, through MMOP, monitors the NGOs and maintains the controls necessary for the proper distribution and handling of Merck medicines. Merck does not provide donations of expired products or of products with inadequate dating (allows for proper administration prior to expiration).

MMOP comprises three components: The Merck Annual Product Allotment Program, Ongoing Donations of Pharmaceuticals and Vaccines, and the Disaster and Emergency Relief.


  • Merck

    Goods Supplier, Service Providers
    United States | Staff size: 10,000+

    Merck is an innovative, global healthcare leader that is committed to improving health and well-being around the world. At Merck, they're applying their global reach, financial strength and...

  • Direct Relief

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 26-50

    Direct Relief is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides medical assistance to people around the world who have been affected by poverty, natural disasters, and civil unrest....

  • AmeriCares Foundation

    Implementing NGO
    Staff size: 6-25

    AmeriCares is a non-profit emergency response and global health organization. In times of epic disaster or daily struggle, we deliver medical and humanitarian aid to people in need...

  • Project HOPE

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health problems with the mission of helping people to help themselves....

  • Map International

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    MAP International is a global Christian health organization that partners with people living in conditions of poverty to save lives and develop healthier families and communities....

  • IMA World Health

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    Their mission is to advance health and healing to vulnerable and marginalized people the world over.

    IMA World Health, a specialist in providing essential healthcare services and medical...

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Key Information

  • Start Date 1985