IDF and Direct Relief join forces to provide diabetes resources in emergency and crisis situations
19 May 2020
IDF and Direct Relief are inviting healthcare companies to assist countries and regions impacted by emergency and disaster situations with donations of their diabetes-related products.
The two organisations began a pilot collaboration in 2019 to encourage healthcare manufacturers to donate diabetes-related medical products to help address the gaps in diabetes care during times of emergency or crisis. This collaboration has resulted in the donation of over 5 million tablets of oral diabetes medications, tens of thousands of vials of insulin, and diabetes related consumables to some of the most at-risk countries in the developing world. Direct Relief has distributed these medicines to the Bahamas, Bolivia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kurdistan, Malawi, North Korea, Republic of Congo, Syria, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe.
IDF will work with its members in those affected regions that need support to ensure an appropriate and rapid response.
For over 70 years, Direct Relief has been a leading provider of humanitarian medical relief around the world. In times of emergency and crisis – natural disaster, disease outbreak, conflict, political crisis – healthcare services are often interrupted and there is reduced access to products that are critical to effectively treat the impacted population.