REFUAID SUPPORT GIVMED - A COMMUNITY IN GREECE PROVIDING MEDICATION FREE OF CHARGE TO PEOPLE IN NEED.
GIVMED is the first network of its kind to utilise excess medicines so to benefit socially fragile groups throughout Greece. RefuAid are incredibly proud to be supporting such a socially innovative and wide-reaching project. RefuAid have made a grant of £10,000 towards GIVMED's ongoing costs. Thanks to your donations, people in need will be able to access life-saving medication.
There are approximately 2,300,000 people on the verge of poverty in Greece who find it very difficult to cover their medical needs. Simultaneously, there is huge wastage within the Greek and international community that can afford medical items. It is estimated that 10-15% of medical items purchased in Greece are left over each year and eventually expire. At the same time, social pharmacies cannot accommodate their 15,000 daily requests for medication. GIVMED came together to bridge this gap.
The aim of the project is two-fold:
1. To inform and activate the public about the problem of leftover medicines, given that there are people who cannot cover their medical needs.
2. To accurately, effectively and easily connect the medicine surplus and shortage with the wider population and the social institutions (social pharmacies, etc).
To realise these objectives, GIVMED uses technology to streamline the donation process for surplus medication that many households have. GIVMED has organised informative campaigns, participated in social and technological events and developed innovative software since its implementation. GIVMED links users with organisations that can redistribute their unused medicine to individuals who need it most.
THE GIVMED Mobile App
The GIVMED Mobile App allows users to register their excess medicines by scanning the barcode on the package and choosing where they want to donate their medication.
The innovative social application lets donors decide which medications to ‘Donate Now’, and which ones to donate before their expiration date. It also gives users updates on how many are in the community’s network, the drugs that have been donated, and their total worth. Users can also check to see which medicines are in short supply in social pharmacies.