Jul 10, 2018

A Day In the Life: Distributing Free Meds in isra

Cancer Medicines. Each unit costs  $15,000
Cancer Medicines. Each unit costs $15,000

The call came in at 11:20 AM. "My son Kiril is 3.5 years old. One month ago he was diagnosed with glioma brain cancer, after losing weight and severe vomiting. We need to come up with over $100,000 for a life-saving treatment. Can you help us?"

At Friends for Health we believe that a person should not lose his or her life because they can’t afford to buy medicine.

We receive such calls every 5 minutes in average and the entire system immediately springs into action:

  • Eli, the head pharmacist, immediately checks the computerized system in search of the medicine requested. Has one been donated by one of the 28 pharmaceutical companies that send us close-to-expiration medicine?
  • Itzik checks the second-hand Free Pharmacy: Has one arrived from one of our 600 collection points, where people drop off unused meds? (He sends out 4,400 packages of such medicine every month).
  • Esti contacts the manufacturer, perhaps the patient is eligible for their compassionate care program?
  • Shira immediately contacts one of our 6 volunteer lawyers: the case needs to be reviewed ASAP and submitted to the family’s Health Maintenance Organization’s Appeals Committee, in order to get the child the medicine as an exception.
  • Miri opens the family a ‘Save a Life’ fund. The family can then immediately appeal to family and friends for donations to the child's fund. All donations are tax deductible, and unlike similar crowd sourcing initiatives, 100% of the funds donated are handed over to the family.

Within a day the family is surrounded by solutions, all aimed at finding the baby the life-saving medicine he needs.

Yesterday, we received a request for:

  • 5 boxes of Afinitor a month for a 36 year old mother of three. This cancer medicine would serve for a 3-week treatment. The price: nearly $25,000 a month. A 3-month regimen was recommended.
  • 2 units of Uptravi: $32,000
  • 2 units a day of Pediasure, a nutritional drink for children unable to eat solids. The child has been prescribed this drink for the last 5 years.  
  • Rydapt – each unit costs $20,100. Recommended treatment: one unit every 2 weeks for 6 months.

Friends for Health helps families in need, when their entire world seems to collapse. A child, spouse or parents is diagnosed with a terrible illness. After the second and third opinions, when the solution finally seems at reach – the family learns that the medicine is not covered by their HMO or private insurance. The unimaginable sums they must quickly find in order to save the lives of a loved one sometimes mean selling their house, cashing in their savings and pension funds, selling everything they own.

We are unique worldwide in both our relentless and committed drive to find a solution, and in the creative solutions we find and implement. 

Join us, support us!

Every donation keeps us going! Your support will help thousands of people like Kiril and his family receive the medicine they need, delivered to their homes.

The Free Pharmacy: 4,400 packages sent out daily!
The Free Pharmacy: 4,400 packages sent out daily!

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Apr 27, 2018

Olga, Mother of 3, Burn Victim

Olga painting during the Workshop
Olga painting during the Workshop

At Haverim's Art Therapy Workshop, we welcome any patient able to participate. During our years of volunteering at the Tel Hashomer Hospital's Rehabilitation Department, we've seen people of all ages and injuries: from soldiers and veterans, to terror victims, traffic accident victims and more.

Olga was unique, both her the injuries sustained, and in her sheer willpower. Olga is a young mother of a 3-year old. She was hospitalized over three months ago. 

Olga was injured in a fire in her mother's house. She ran into the house trying to save her mother, and they were both seriously burnt. Her mother did not survive the fre. Olga has been tirelessly working to overcome her injury, and welcomes any help.

At the Workshop, Olga dedicated the peacock she painstainkingly made to her daughter, Hodaya. During the duration of her 3-month hospitalization, she has never missed a workshop.

Your support goes a long way: our volunteer art students and artists guide and teach the patients, we still need funds for the art supplies: canvases, paints, brushes. And we are always in search of more volunteers! 

Thank you for your support.

Olga's peacock, dedicated to her daughter, Hodaya
Olga's peacock, dedicated to her daughter, Hodaya

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Apr 9, 2018

Distributing Free Meds: How Exactly Does it Work?

Reviewing and fulfilling prescriptions
Reviewing and fulfilling prescriptions

Created in 2003, Haverim Le’Refuah is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people who cannot afford the life-saving medicine or medical care they need. We aim to provide a warm, personal and professional service to any human being who requests our help.  At Haverim we work diligently towards improving and repairing our world. Our project of gathering unused medicine and then distributing it for free is unique in the world and has improved the lives of countless people all over Israel, regardless of race or religion. 

Our mission is to ensure that every person receives the medical treatment they need.  

How does it work?

Step 1: Donated medicines are collected by our network of volunteers from over 600 collection points throughout the country: people, companies, banks...

Step 2: The medicines are delivered at our Free Pharmacy headquarters, where are team of volunteer pharmacists rigorously sort through them. Valid medicines are stocked on the shelves, while expired meds are sent to 'green' disposal, where they won't contaminate our ground and water.

Step 3: Haverim pharmacists review the daily prescriptions sent by our clients. Every prescription must include a letter from a social worker that determines financial need. Our volunteers fulfill the prescriptions (see Image below) and pack a month supply into attractive boxes (see image).

Step 4: A full month's supply of free medicines is mailed to each client. Urgent, expensive and refrigerated medicines are sent via our Bike4Meds network of motorbikes. 

A total of 350 packages are sent per day, helping 4.400 people every month

A Box per Patient
A Box per Patient
Mobile Pharmacy: Delivering Medicines door-to-door
Mobile Pharmacy: Delivering Medicines door-to-door
Preparing the Meds for Delivery
Preparing the Meds for Delivery
Packages are loaded for delivery
Packages are loaded for delivery
Bike4Med Awaiting Urgent Meds for Delivery
Bike4Med Awaiting Urgent Meds for Delivery
 
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