Powerful Partnership Is Making Strides In Haiti
By Emily Umble, BBF Program Associate
Continued partnership between Food for the Poor (FFTP) and Brother’s Brother Foundation demonstrates the power of teamwork. The combination of FFTP’s ability to identify need and BBF to obtain resources saves lives. Notable donations by Viatris and Nephron pharmaceutical companies to BBF have made critical medications such as dexmedetomidine hydrochloride injectable solution and Asthmanefrin available for deployment from the US to a hospital in Haiti. The impact has been quite significant, such as enabling care at the Hôpital de l’Universite d’Etat d’Haïti–the country’s largest medical center. Examples of critical treatments include sedation for patients suffering from gunshot wounds and asthma management for vulnerable infants. Haiti’s instability stems from a widespread gang crisis and civil unrest which are exacerbated by frequent natural disasters, endemic poverty, and recurring breakouts of disease. Due to the economic crisis and escalating violence, Haiti’s medical facilities treat homicide victims and impoverished Haitians every day. These varieties of medications allow the staff to provide safe, effective, and humane care for numerous of patients. FFTP, an international relief and development organization, has been a BBF partner for more than 15 years. BBF is also generously supported on a regular basis by several pharmaceutical donors. Together we are making great strides for the better.