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
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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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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Sending out free medicines to Carmiel
Sending out free medicines to Carmiel

"As head of Social Services for the city of Carmiel, I witness many heart-wrenching stories. My team of social workers are overloaded with cases, each with their unique story.

But we all have 'Haverim' on our speed dials and we make use of their number at least once a week. Haverim send out packages of free medicines regularly, following our recommendations. We send so many members of the community their way: families, new immigrants and solitary elderly that have nobody else. They all can't afford to buy their required medicines: usually because even the basic co-pays and deductibles are too high for them.

We witness again and again how our 'clients' would simply forgo their chronic medicines if Haverim did not step in and take charge."

 - Dr. Shula Menahem, Director of Social Services at the Carmiel municipality 

 

As part of Haverim's Free Pharmacy project, we provide hundreds of people in Carmiel with free monthly packages of medicine. In total - over 4,400 people a month receive a free package, and the numbers are only growing.

Every five minutes in average we receive a call for help. And thanks to you - we've managed to help over 85% of these people. Your support helps us fund even more free packages to these needy.

We invite you to view a video of our work here: https://youtu.be/MlOOBcems6c.

We thank you for your support and extend an open invitation to visit our Free Pharmacy whenever you're in the neighbourhood!

Distributing free medicines
Distributing free medicines
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Our Mobile Meds vans!
Our Mobile Meds vans!

We are proud to announce  a record-breaking number of packages of free medicines sent to people in need around Israel!

Every year since our creation, in 2003, we've witnessed a growth in the number of people requesting our aid.

Thanks to your support - we can respond with 'Yes! We have that medicine!' to more and more people in need every year.

This year, over 4500 packages of free medicines were sent out: every month by post, by our Free Pharmacy van and via our growing network of Bike4Meds motorbikes (we have 2 so far). We're consistently working to improve the safe and timely delivery of the medicines and to ensure that everyone recieves the chronic, pain-relieving and life-saving meds they need on time.

We now have over 600 collection points across the country: people and organizations who gather unused medicines. Together with donations from the 28 pharmaceutical companies we've partnered with, we can now answer the growing demand for medicines quicker. The medicines are all checked, one by one, at our offices and either sent out to the patients, or sent to 'green' disposal, so that expired meds no longer contaminate our soil and water.

Did you know? You, or your organization, can visit our Free Pharmacy, or come and volunteer! We need little advance notice: Just contact us (dalit@haverim.org.il) and we'll set this up. 

Join us: join our mission to ensure that nobody in Israel lacks medicine because of financial need. 

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Over 320 packages of free meds sent out per day!
Over 320 packages of free meds sent out per day!

For the last 14 years, Haverim Le'Refuah has been gathering free medicines from all over the country - and distributing them for free to those in need.

One month ago we witnessed one such case and wanted to share it with you:

Rachel, a 36 year-old mother of six was diagnosed with metastasized breast cancer. She urgently needed Ibrance, an expensive medicine that isn't included in her health basket. She called us but we simply didn't have any in stock.

That same day, Rowana, a 24 year old from an Arab village in the Galillee, called us to offer Ibrance she'd bought for her mother, and which was no longer needed. 

Haverim immediately diverted one of our Meds on Bike volunteers to go and pick up the medicine from Rowana - directly to Rachel. The Haverim team contacted Rachel's doctors and cleared the paperwork. That evening Rachel received her first dose.

Rachel's situation has improved and her doctors are hopeful.

A day in the life of Haverim!

Every day we send out over 320 packages of free medicine to people who simply can't afford their meds. Sometimes even the dedictibles are too expensive for the chronically ill, the elderly, the Holocaust survivors.

When the patients can't pick up their meds in the post office, we send them their packages via the Mobile Pharmacy van, or with one of our Meds on Bike volunteers, who deliver the medicine door-to-door. 

Your support ensures that we can deliver medicines to even more patients. People who no longer have to choose between medicine - and food.

See a short video of our project: https://youtu.be/MlOOBcems6c.

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Friends For Health

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