Donated Pharmaceuticals Support Medical Brigades Providing Free Care in Honduras
Medical facilities in Honduras are limited, with most located in and around urban areas. For people in rural communities who often do not have the financial means to travel, receiving medical care largely depends on whether the care will come to them—and if they can afford it when it does. Medical brigades offer care and medications to patients on-site at no cost.
Widespread food insecurity in Honduras has caused rampant cases of chronic malnutrition in children, meanwhile, the country’s gang violence—among some of the worst in the world– has put adults in constant threat of danger. Health takes a significant—if not fatal—hit in both cases. Stunted growth impacts 23% of Honduran children under 5; interpersonal violence is the third leading cause of death in the country. Neither statistic begins to address heart disease, stroke, or any of the other common diseases that have significant health consequences when not addressed.
Healthcare workers need specific supplies and pharmaceuticals to treat these conditions but accessing them within Honduras poses challenges that can hinder their medical response.
Brother’s Brother Foundation donated more than 31,000 bottles of medicines that restocked Honduran health facilities and supported medical brigades as they provided care to communities in remote areas. Health care workers administered medications to treat high blood pressure, chest pain, bacterial infections, inflammation, headaches, and cholesterol, as well as other diseases and conditions.
“The medications included in this container were found to be very useful to the people in the communities where they were offered,” said Heydy Bu, an in-country representative for Food For The Poor, an organization BBF partnered with to send the shipment. “It was truly incredible to hear each of the patients thanking and blessing all those who had sent donations, making it possible for them to receive the medicine they needed.”
The shipment also contained medical supplies and equipment such as face masks, lab coats, crutches, and oxygen concentrators. All supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals were provided at no cost to patients.