IRT provides essential medicines to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations for a fraction of their cost. $1 enables IRT to procure $50-200 worth of medicines to fight disease and improve the health of communities.
Niger is one of the poorest countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Over forty percent of children under five are chronically malnourished, and lack of access to quality health care is a particularly pressing problem in rural areas, where the majority of people live.
Since 2012, we have provided Kirker Hospital in Niger with more than $57 million in urgently needed medicines to serve the poorest. These medicines are supporting hundreds of thousands of people. Our medicines are dispersed to seven hospitals across the country and make up 1/3 of all available medicines in the country. Kirker Hospital and its satellite health clinics provides health care and services to more than 300,000 patients a year. Not only do they serve people from Niger, they are also burdened with providing for refugees from Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria fleeing the violence from terrorist group Boko Haram.
Women gather at Kirker Hospital to receive medicines donated by IRT.
In Honduras, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, 60% of the population lives in poverty. Poverty and inequality, and the weakness of the healthcare system, present significant challenges to improving the health status of Hondurans, especially the most vulnerable: women, newborns, and children under five years old.
Over the last decade, we have sent more than $113 million in medicines to hospitals, clinics, and organizations in Honduras that serve the poor including Projecto Aldea Global (PAG), Global Brigades - Honduras, and Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in San Pedro Sula.
A young Hondurasn family receives vitamins and medicines from an IRT donation.
I know it’s hard to imagine what life is like in a place so far away. So, let me introduce you to one person who lives there. Her name is Zeinabou. She is 24 years old and a mother of two young children. Read her story.
Baby Jordi Chirino is only five months old but he has been fighting for his life every day since his birth. His parents faced significant economic struggles when his mother was pregnant with him.
Meet the Alonso family. They live in Mescales, a small, rural community in the impoverished country of Honduras. They experience the daily struggles of living in poverty just like every other family in their town, but they face an extra challenge. The matriarch of the family, Maria Alba, and five of her six children have all been diagnosed with diabetes.
Fadi is a mom just like millions of others around the world - she devotes her life to caring for her five children. She makes sure they are fed, healthy, and educated. She has a lot to worry about on...
Hadija is a grandmother living in a rural town in Niger, a very poor landlocked West African nation. She has suffered from asthma for 12 years, and has had little relief because she did not have...