THE LIFENET WAY IS BUSINESS-MINDED
The impact of LifeNet’s pharmaceutical access program on our rural partner health centers should not be underestimated. LifeNet’s pharmaceutical access program was designed to fill a severe need in the local markets, especially among rural health centers where it regularly saves lives. For two weeks in May 2016, the entire country of Burundi ran out of paracetamol, a basic pain and fever reducer. Fortunately, we planned ahead and built up our inventory, so we were able to supply our partner health centers with this essential drug.
Nurse Manase of Nyagihotora Health Center recounts that before LifeNet began delivering medicines to his facility, he had to travel hours from Bururi Province to Bujumbura to search for medicines, despite his lack of knowledge of what to purchase.
Staff at Nyankanda Health Center in Ruyigi Province were traveling three hours by bicycle to the nearest pharmacy to pedal back with whatever medicines they could find and purchase.
Our pharmaceutical access program resolves questions of drug availability, price, and quality, as well as transportation and security concerns. It saves health facilities precious time and resources, allowing health center staff to focus on saving lives.