Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel

by Friends For Health
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Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel
Mobile Pharmacy van in the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem
Mobile Pharmacy van in the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

The Mobile Free Pharmacy's mission is to provide even more people all over Israel with free, life-saving medication.

Our success during the last 18 years in building, maintaining and growing the Free Pharmacy project has served our community well: We provide today free medicine to over 7,000 patients a month.

However, our Free Pharmacy is limited geographically and is unable to reach patients in need of urgent medicine in a timely manner. We are also subject to the demands, prices and delays of external delivery companies, which both increase our costs and delays the delivery of the medicine.

Your support will enable the vans to deliver life-saving, urgent and refrigerated medicines directly to the patients.

The van is custom-built to meet the strict criteria of the Ministry of Health, regarding pharmaceutical transport, refrigeration and storage. From the cooler boxes outfitted with GPS systems for constant monitoring, to the mobile app used by the volunteers, we have found the most competitive solutions in Israel and abroad to make sure the patients can rely on us for their medicine.

Every package we deliver means one more family no longer must choose between medicine and food.

Every donation counts! We thank you for your ongoing support and for the work you do to help save lives in Israel.

Before extensive tailoring to add mobile pharmacy
Before extensive tailoring to add mobile pharmacy
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Sending off boxes of meds to Ukraine
Sending off boxes of meds to Ukraine

As war broke out in February 2022, Haverim was immediately contacted by Jews in Ukraine with requests for urgent medicines.

As of April 2022, we flew out numerous containers containing tons of medicine and medical supplies directly to organizations in Ukraine. The first to receive a dedicate shipment was a Jewish orphanage in Odessa, which required chronic/daily medicines for the children as well as first aid. We are now providing support for field hospitals on the Polish border.

In parallel, as Israel opens its doors to over 10,000 refugees from Ukraine, Haverim was requested to supply the refugees with urgent medicines for chronic conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and more.

With efficiency in mind, we sent only one representative from our organization, Mr. Itzik Lebel, who joined forces with non-profits on site to coordinate the efforts.

The medical supplies sent were quickly collected or acquired at cost from partnering pharmaceutical companies.

We thank all our supporters who quickly donating to the cause!

We continue to service both the refugees in Israel and the field hospital and individuals in Ukraine - your donations enable us to immediately respond with aid. Thank you.

Labeled with 'Hope', boxes of medicines for Ukrain
Labeled with 'Hope', boxes of medicines for Ukrain
Setting up a command center on the Polish border
Setting up a command center on the Polish border
Haverim and Hatsala in Ukraine
Haverim and Hatsala in Ukraine
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Sorting tens of thousands of donated medicines
Sorting tens of thousands of donated medicines

During this last year, nearly 8,000 people a month received free medicines every month from Haverim L'Refuah: Friends for Health.

This year - help us break a record and reach 10,000!

As the pandemic hit, more and more people immediately appealed to us for help. We were their last chance to avoid choosing between medicine - and food.

As winter began and the economy faltered, a growing number of people found themselves out of a job or fourloughed and once again we began receiving a growing number of calls for help.

We need your help!

Your support goes directly towards the distribution of the packages of free medicines to those most in need. Our Bikes2Meds are dispatched for urgent pick up and delivery, and for medicines that are either very expensive or in need of refregeration. And over 1,000 volunteers help gather, sort and distribute them to the patients.

In 2022 we aim to stretch our resources and help even more. We already have a waiting list of 2,500 people we're unable to help because of lack of budget.

Every donation helps.

May you always be and feel on the side of the giving.

How do we do it? Four Steps for Free Medicines
How do we do it? Four Steps for Free Medicines

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Friends for Health: Ensuring that every person in Israel receives the medicines they need, regardless of their economic situation, so that nobody no longer need choose between medicine – and food ever again.

This past year has seen a steep rise in requests for free medicine from people of all ages, throughout the country.

Just this last month, we helped 20-year old Bogdan find medicines worth over $35,000 for his life-threatening aplastic anemia, and 3-year old Paulina with medicine for her neuroblastoma-type cancer.

Over 7,000 people received free medicines from us last month, and the requests keep coming in.

At the moment, we have nearly 2,500 requests we cannot respond to due to lack of resources. We have the medicines in the Free Pharmacy, but we lack the personnel to fulfill the prescriptions and to deliver the medicines to the patients.

These are people who must choose every month between medicine and food. By providing them with a monthly supply of medicine, we ensure their health, their wellbeing and sometimes their lives.

Please support us today - every donation counts!

See their stories on our Instagram: #haverim_lerefua
and on Facebook page.

See an animation of what we do, and a short video here.

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The 'acquarium' where donated meds are placed
The 'acquarium' where donated meds are placed

What a year it's been!

When the Covid-19 crisis hit Israel, over one million Israelis suddenly became unemployed and Haverim was hit with an avalanche of requests for free medicine. At the height of the pandemic, we supplied over 9,000 packages of free medicine every month compared to 6,000 a month before Covid-19.

Haverim was invited to participate in the Israeli Defense Force home front command center. This meant that municipalities, social workers, pharmacies and all the Health Maintenance Organizations sent patients to our hotline. These Israelis were referred to Haverim because they no longer had the means with which to pay for their medicines.

Haverim immediately appealed to all the pharmaceutical companies with which we work, requesting more free medicine. They stepped up to the challenge and enabled us to quickly respond to the demand.

This year has been incredibly challenging for Haverim. The team worked for months on overtime, to compensate for the elderly volunteers who could'nt leave their homes, and to answer the sudden increase in need for free medicines.

We disregarded the costs involved because our mission has always been to save lives; and to ensure that nobody need forgo medicine because of cost.

Your support is crucial and vital in saving these lives. And we are grateful for your generosity, especially following the pandemic!

Please take a look at a lovely animation we made and which shows how we do it: https://youtu.be/qf9mjRxiBYo.

Be healthy and well,

the Haverim L'Refuah team

Volunteers sort the medicines
Volunteers sort the medicines
Pharmacists handle the medicines
Pharmacists handle the medicines
Patients or volunteers pick up meds for delivery
Patients or volunteers pick up meds for delivery

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Friends For Health

Location: Bnei Brak - Israel
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Project Leader:
Dalit Boutboul
Bnei Brak, Israel
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