SearchingForSafety publishes its fifth working paper this week. The paper offers recommendations that NGOs procuring medicines for beneficiaries in developing countries can take to reduce the risk of providing substandard or even fake medicines to the very people they’re working to help.
Procuring and distributing medicines is an inherently high-risk business. It requires having adequate logistical infrastructure, systems of organization, and human resource capacity. Inadvertently distributing substandard or fake medicines can cause grave human harm and lead to devastating professional, legal and reputational consequences for organizations.
Our working paper offers NGOs involved in donating and/or distributing medicines—or thinking about getting involved—10 recommendations for helping to ensure the quality of those medicines. These recommendations aren’t meant to provide comprehensive, authoritative guidelines for NGOs. However, NGOs that find it challenging to meet any single recommendation should examine their role in donating and distributing pharmaceuticals and assess whether they’re adequately equipped to do it.
You can read the paper here.