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Emergency Response

Currently, more than 125,000,000 people around the world are impacted by humanitarian emergencies – conflicts, disease outbreaks and natural disasters. Every day, a growing number of families are being pushed deeper into poverty and ill health because of crisis situations.

According to the United Nations, one person becomes displaced every two seconds – that’s less than the time it takes to read this sentence. Millions of people are forced to flee their homes and communities due to conflict and civil unrest.

When families are living in crisis situations, they are at risk of dying from preventable diseases like cholera because they lack access to clean water and sanitation. Many families also face serious illnesses and deaths from manageable conditions like high blood pressure because of shortages of medicines or the inability to access health facilities due to damage and destruction.

What we are doing

HPIC works with local partners, health facilities and governments to act quickly and provide essential health services for people who have lost everything.

Every year, we respond to emergencies around the world, reaching thousands of people in distress with life-saving medicine and health care services.

With over 30 years of experience, a robust network of partners and an expansive global reach, we can respond quickly and effectively to natural disasters and conflict-related emergencies. Immediately after a disaster strikes, HPIC works with partners on the ground to identify healthcare and medical needs. Depending on the expressed needs, HPIC:

provides direct medical relief

works with partners to raise awareness on health risks and prevention

trains frontline health workers

restores health systems in affected communities

When responding to emergencies, HPIC works with a national network of healthcare industry partners to mobilize large volumes of donated medicines and medical supplies to place  needed products in the hands of frontline healthcare workers.

HPIC’s emergency response procedures enable timely, coordinated and effective response. As part of our emergency plan, HPIC coordinates with product donors to ensure that Humanitarian Medical Kits are ready to be delivered when emergencies strike.

For every emergency, HPIC follows international best practices and standards, including the WHO Drug Donation Guidelines, the SPHERE Standards, and the ICRC Code of Conduct. HPIC is also a member of the Humanitarian Response Network, a community made up of Canadian humanitarian organizations working together to strengthen the quality and efficiency of humanitarian action.

Right now, HPIC is responding to humanitarian emergencies around the world, and we need your help.

Emergencies We Are Responding To:

Lebanon Medicine Shortage

HPIC remains active in Lebanon and is working with multiple partners to send shipments of medicines to help fill the gaps in the country’s overwhelmed health system.

Tigray Conflict

HPIC is coordinating a shipment of 40 humanitarian medical kits with 24,000 treatments to Tigray to provide relief to families suffering from the ongoing conflict, and needs to raise $40,000 urgently to procure, store and mobilize the medicines.

Haiti Earthquake

Following the 7.2-magnitude earthquake in August 2021, HPIC is working with our partners to coordinate medicine shipments to support Haitian health systems.

Refugee and Displaced Communities

37,000 people are forced to flee their homes every day because of conflict and persecution. HPIC is responding to the medical needs of refugees and displaced communities around the world. When you donate to HPIC’s Emergency Response fund, you are supporting the delivery of medicine and medical supplies to refugees when they need it most.

Donate to HPIC’s Emergency Response program

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