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Informing Best Practices

The University of California Haiti Initiative is a global partnership for higher education that has organized the diverse talents at all ten UC campuses into an unprecedented collaboration with the State University of Haiti to support real development. UCHI trains scores of faculty and administrators in disciplines ranging from microbiology and plant pathology to university administration and finance, conducts world-class research that has leveraged millions of dollars in vital resources, and brings together key partners in addressing the most critical needs in Haiti's ongoing development.

Our survey will provide an avenue for evidence-based policy change in Haiti’s pharmaceutical sector, helping the Haitian Ministry of Health and its partners better coordinate medication donations, ultimately preventing massive waste and patient harm.  

We seek financial support to assist UCHI and the team of volunteers from Haiti and UC San Francisco in accomplishing this task. The funds will be used wholly for the purposes of logistics pertinent to completing this study.

In Haiti, a majority of medications are donated from unknown sources and without coordination. Hospitals receive large donations of expired or inappropriate medications that they are unable to use and forced to destroy, often at tremendous financial and environmental costs. In many cases, these medications end up sold on the streets, harming those who consume them. The full extent of the impact in Haiti, however, is unknown. Though medication donations like this happen in other countries, no one has published formal investigations.

Please join us as UCHI brings the Department of Clinical Pharmacy at UCSF together the Haiti Ministry of Public Health and Population and the World Health Organization as we engage in a rigorous nationwide analysis to determine the effectiveness of current drug donation practices and donor adherence to WHO guidelines. This ground-breaking survey will inform best practices by addressing the fundamental lack of coordination in Haiti among the international donor community, whose vital resources continue to cross Haiti's borders in an infamously uncoordinated manner. 

Together, we will continue to shed light on the powerful way the UC, if properly organized, can be one of the most effective development clusters in the world. 


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Melinda Miles

Melinda Miles


This is a fantastic project, I would give more today if I could! 5 years ago