The Medicine for Indigents Program is the flagship program of PHAPCares. It is being implemented in partnership with the Department of Health (DOH). A Memorandum of Agreement between PHAPCares and the DOH was signed on September 29, 2003 to signify PHAPCares intent to donate P100 Million worth of quality medicines to DOH for distribution, free of charge, to indigent patients in 72 DOH-managed hospitals nationwide. In choosing program beneficiaries, the DOH hospitals apply their existing beneficiary screening protocol to ensure that only indigent patients avail of free medicines from the program.
Presently, the Medicine for Indigents Program is being implemented in 35 DOH hospitals in 8 regions, reaching as far as Sulu and Basilan in the south. The program will be expanded in the coming years to cover major government hospitals in the Visayas and Mindanao. The program represents PHAPCares’ continuing commitment to contribute to the government’s campaign to make quality medicines accessible to poor and disadvantaged Filipinos.
Apart from the DOH, PHAPCares signed a Memorandum of Agreement for a joint program with the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC), an agency coordinated by the Office of Civil Defense in Camp Aguinaldo. In September 2005, PHAPCares and NDCC launched the “Gamot-Agad Program” (translates to “Quick Medicine Donations”) which enjoins PHAPCares to donate P20 Million worth of essential and life-saving medicines to victims of natural and man-made disasters, as well as communities displaced by armed conflict particularly in Mindanao. This NDCC- PHAPCares initiative has evolved into a critical component of the government’s over all disaster management strategy.
Further, PHAPCares has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), another strategic public agency that serves the most disadvantaged sectors of Philippine society. Specifically, PHAPCares donates essential medicines to DSWD-managed residential facilities that house “special sectors” such as elderly persons ( “home for the aged”), abused girls / women , orphans and street children in key cities in the country.
Likewise, on a selective basis, PHAPCares is helping a few reputable NGOs that operate sustainable health and medical facilities for the poor.