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We co-ordinate the response of the European healthcare industry to major disasters, working closely with the World Health Organisation and the Health Cluster and leading medical NGOs, to deliver lifesaving treatments immediately after a disaster, and filling gaps in supply during the recovery and reconstruction periods.


We are the sole co-ordinator of donated medical aid from the UK healthcare industry (and across many parts of Europe) to disasters. By donating through IHP, donors can safely and responsibly respond to disasters, knowing that we are committed to accepting and shipping only what is required, free of charge to the people who need it most.


IHP is a member of the DFID Rapid Response Fund.


  • Stage 1 – Initial Response - in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, we respond by sending Emergency Medical Kits. These are in high demand in disaster settings due to their portability and wide range of essential medicines.


  • Stage 2 – Recovery - filling gaps in the supply chain. IHP sends bulk shipments of the most commonly used medicines to repair and boost the local supply chain.


  • Stage 3 – Reconstruction - rebuilding. IHP provides medical resources and expertise to help strengthen the capacity of the health system to better cope with disasters.



Afghanistan Conflict 2004; Maldives & Sri Lanka Tsunami 2004-5; Kashmir Earthquake 2005; Baluchistan Floods 2006; Lebanon Conflict 2006; Peru Earthquake 2007; Nicaragua Hurricane 2007; Myanmar Cyclone 2008; Gaza Conflict 2009; Zimbabwe Cholera epidemic 2009; Western Samoa Tsunami 2009; Waziristan Conflict 2009; Haiti Earthquake 2010; Niger Famine 2010;  Pakistan Floods 2010; Tunisia, Libya Conflict 2011; Somalia, Kenya  Famine 2011; Pakistan Floods 2011; South Sudan 2012; Pakistan Floods 2012; Sierra Leone Cholera Outbreak 2012; Gaza Conflict 2013; Pakistan Tribal Areas Conflict 2013; Syrian Refugees & Conflict 2013; Philippines Typhoon 2013; Gaza Conflict 2014; Sierra Leone Ebola Oubreak 2014; Nepal 2015; Yemen 2015-2017; Haiti, Hurricane Matthew 2016;  Iran-Iraq Eathquake 2017; Dominica, Hurricane Maria 2017; East Africa Crisis 2017;


Our Disaster Response Fund enhances the service that we provide, on behalf of the healthcare industry, to NGOs and the World Health Organisation in times of disaster. This fund is dedicated to enabling us to develop our disaster response capabilities. Specifically, it allows us to have a reserve of essential medicines always in stock, pre-position product closer to disaster zones, and fill any gaps in our supply with purchased product.