Project #20129

Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel

by Friends For Health


Our 'Free Medicine' Project supplies over 3,200 people with free medication every month. People that without our help are forced to choose between food - and medication. For them, these painkilling and life-saving medication is sometimes the difference between life and death.
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Every year thousands of people forgo medicine in favor of food: Holocaust survivors, children, infants or simply people whose treatment isn't covered by their health care providers. At Haverim we strongly believe that by diverting medication you no longer need to those who can't afford it, we can both save lives - and help our community. Our program is a unique and ground-breaking initiative in the world. Thanks to its activity, We currently provide over 3,500 chronic patients a month with meds.


The medication is gathered from 320 collection points throughout the country; from both organizations and individuals, and following rigorous sorting by professional pharmacists, the medication is then delivered directly to the patients. Medicine is also donated by the leading pharmaceutical companies, such as Pfizer, Teva, Bayer, Roche and more. Expired drugs are sent to professional (green) disposal. We currently provide over 3,500 chronic patients with life-saving and pain-relieving meds.

Long-Term Impact

For the last 10 years, Haverim has been sending more and more free medicine to patients all over the country. The need is rising and we have succeeding in providing 7-10% more packages of medicine to patients every year. Today we deliver over 800 packages of medicine every week, to people who cannot afford their medication. Sometimes because their meds aren't included in the health basket provided by their Health Care Provider, and sometimes simply because they haven't the means.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Haverim website: Friends for Health

Organization Information

Friends For Health

Location: Bnei Brak - Israel
Website: http:/​/​​e/​
Project Leader:
Dalit Boutboul
Bnei Brak, Israel

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