Our vision, of “Making sure no people in Israel will have to choose between medicine – and food” has never, in our 17 years of existence, been more urgent.
We wanted to share with you the extraordinary demands we have been encountering in these last two months since the Covid-19 crisis hit Israel.
As over one million Israelis suddenly became unemployed in this crisis, Haverim received an avalanche of requests for medicine. We now supply some 9,000 packages of free medicine monthly compared to 5,000 a month before Covid-19.
Haverim is now part of the Israeli Defense Force home front command center. This means that municipalities, social workers, all the Health Maintenance Organizations and pharmacies send patients to our hotline. These are Israelis who are sent to Haverim because they no longer have the means with which to pay for their medicines. Of course, there are various government subsidies available none of which is sufficient for Haverim or for those in dire need.
Haverim has also made appeals to all the pharmaceutical companies with which we work requesting more free medicine. It is gratifying that they have all responded positively and are sending additional medicines every day.
The pressure and strain on Haverim’s resources are enormous and unrelenting.
Our inbound call rate is virtually unmanageable. The logistics department is overstretched. The staff is working overtime and we have recruited additional pharmacists, as all our volunteer pharmacists – retirees - have been isolated in their homes.
I am reaching out for you to give to Haverim to help these people who now, more than ever need our support.
Let’s try to ensure that no family needs to choose between medicine – and food.