Increasing access to quality medicines for the most vulnerable

The World Health Organization estimates that one-third of the developing world is unable to receive or purchase essential medicines on a regular basis. Clinic shelves are often bare, but even if they were stocked, low incomes make medicine unobtainable for many. Over the last ten years, CMMB’s Medical Donations Program has deployed more than $4 billion worth of medicines, health commodities, and medical supplies in 120 countries. Scroll down the page to see a map of where CMMB has distributed products since 2008.

Cost is among the top barriers to proper healthcare for children, women, and communities in the countries we serve. In partnership with leading pharmaceutical companies and trusted local partners on the ground, we are delivering medicine free-of-charge to the most vulnerable people in the world. The need to improve the availability of safe, high quality medicine to the poor is well known and an important part of our goal to support healthier lives worldwide.

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UN agencies and international and nongovernmental organizations are increasingly called upon to respond to large-scale emergencies to prevent and manage serious threats to the survival and health of the affected populations. Guidelines for medicine donations in emergencies have been developed by the World Health Organization (WHO) in cooperation with major international agencies active in humanitarian relief. The Guidelines for Medicine Donations was updated in 2010.