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Haverim: Distributing free medication in Israel

by Friends For Health
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: Saving Lives Across Israel!
Mobile Pharmacy Van: Saving Lives Across Israel!

How do you make sure that even the most remote city, the most destitute patient, the elderly, handicapped and infirm – all receive life-saving and pain-relieving medication, for free?

For the last 16 years, Haverim's Free Pharmacy has been supplying more and more poor, needy, handicapped and elderly people with the medicine they simply can't afford. We've been making sure they no longer have to choose between medicine – and food.

But mailing out 4,400 packages a month still doesn't address all the needs of our community: we must extend our reach and make sure every person in need receives the medications they need, even if they cannot leave their beds or houses to fetch them.

Our Mobile Pharmacy vans extend the reach of our existing Free Pharmacy project, reaching over 300 cities and towns throughout the country and providing life-saving medication. The vans are custom-built to meet the strict criteria of the Ministry of Health, regarding pharmaceutical transport, refrigeration and storage.

In addition, we use state of the art 'Cool Meds Boxes' to transport the medicine from the van to the patients, with specially-designed GPS-monitored and temperature-controlled systems that ensure we know the status and location of each package at any moment in time.

The cost of the specially-outfitted Mobile Pharmacy van is $118,000. Our latest drive has succeeded in gathering $77,000.

We invite your support in matching these funds: Every van provides hundreds of people with free medicines - so they no longer need to chose between medicine - and food.


Thousands of incoming meds every week!
Thousands of incoming meds every week!

Thanks to Haverim's brand-new partnership with SuperPharm, Israel's largest chain of drugstores - we can now help nearly 5,000 people every month!

SuperPharm's 250 branches throughout the country are now part of Haverim's nearly 1000 medicine collection points.
The result? Thousands of incoming medicines every week!

The incoming medicines will now finally enable us to surpass the 4,400 packages that we've been sending out every month, and begin to address the waiting list waiting of 2,000 people waiting for our help.

Your support is crucial!

More medicines means more work to make sure that every package is valid, and then matched with the correct patient. And more patients means more deliveries to ensure they receive their monthly supply on time.

According to our estimates, there are over 15,000 people in Israel who could benefit from Haverim's free medicine. Your support means we can address the needs of even more people, who will no longer need to choose between medicine - and food. 


Donation bin
Donation bin

Friends for Health has recently signed a partnership agreement with Superpharm, the biggest drugstore chain in Israel.

Superpharm's 250 stores throughout Israel will now collect medicine from customers, joining our 660 Collection Points country-wide. This is the first time second-hand medicines in pharmacies are recycled and reused! This agreement is ground-breaking both nationally and internationally, took years of negotiations, and required special government authorization.

The significance is huge: tons of additional medicines will be incoming to our organization, thousands of packages of free medicines for us to sort through- and then distribute for free. Once we process this huge wave of donated meds, we'll be able to help thousands of people more every year.

In addition, SuperPharm has taken the challenge of educating the public via various media channels. The message is simple: While you spring-clean your closets, don't throw away the medicine you no longer need: it can save a life.

Every branch is now equipped with an attractive capsule-like bin. Customers are contacted to bring their unused medicines to the drugstore every time they visit.

Medicine donation bin
Medicine donation bin


Free Medicines for Needy People in Israel
Free Medicines for Needy People in Israel

At Haverim we are proud to  distribute over 4,400 packages of free medicine every month. Medicine that is lfie-saving to the needy people who would otherwise be forced to choose between medicine  - and food.

Unfornutately, we are dismayed at the growing waiting list - currently of over 2,000 people, whom we simply cannot help, usuallly because we don't have enough medicine.

This year we initiated a partnership with SuperPharm, the largest drugstore chain in Israel, to join our medicine collection efforts. Their 230 stores across the country will now serve to collect medicine that is no longer needed from the public, enabling us to enlarge our circle of giving. 

We expect to grow incoming meds by at least 20-35% this year: Support our efforts to handle the meds;
Let's reach 5,000 needy people a month!



Did you know? We are green!

The environment belongs to all of us, and we each have a responsibility to ensure its well-being.

At Haverim, we are committed to maintaining a clean and healthy environment, mainly the ground and water in the State of Israel.

We take our commitment to sustainability seriously, and have integrated an efficient and eco-friendly process to our process:

Every package of medicine donated to our organization goes through rigorous testing. Valid medicine is computerized and placed in our pharmacy, for imminent distribution to a person in need. However 80% of the medicines received are not valid. Their paper inserts and cardboard packaging are recycled, and the out-of-date medicines are sent to environmentally-friendly destruction.

With thought to minimizing our environmental footprint, all medicines delivered via our Mobile Pharmacy and ‘Bikes4Meds’ motorbikes are delivered in reusable containers.



Haverim : Saving Lives by Providing Free Medicines
Haverim : Saving Lives by Providing Free Medicines

2-year old Sarah was born with a severe birth defect in both her eyes. This past year, her left eye was coated by scar tissue, causing her complete blindness. Her doctors recommended she be urgently flown to a hospital in the U.S., where the renowned Dr. Zeidman would be able to save her eye and restore her vision.

Sarah's parents appealed to Haverim for help: Could we help raise the $20,000 immediately required for the treatment?

At Haverim, we handle hundreds of such cases every year. Cases where children and adults need urgent medicine or treatment, which they must fund themselves. The cost can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars, all which must urgently be transferred to the hospital or pharmacy treating the child in need.

Haverim immediately springs to action: 

  • Do we have the medicine our Free Pharmacy?
    If we do - we immediately send it to the patient, via our Mobile Pharmacy or one of our Bike4Meds motorbikes. If not:
  • We open a Fund For Life for the child: The fund is a bank account managed by Haverim, and which gathers funds from media campaigns we help organize. All donations are tax deductible, and they are handed over directly to the pharmacy/hospital providing the treatment. 100% of donations are handed over, Haverim does not charge any fees.
  • Can our Legal Department help? We have 6 volunteer lawyers and one retired judge - all working to help patients with their appeals to their HMOs. We have over 93% success rate in getting the required medicine via these channels.

You can help!

Your support helps us help children like Sarah receive the urgent life-saving or life-enhancing treatment they need. The treatment they need to be like every other child.



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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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