Softbox donates cold chain packaging to help deliver cancer medicines to children in Africa

Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire, UK, 8th May 2019  – Softbox, a leading global innovator and provider of cold chain packaging systems for the pharmaceutical industry, is working with the charity International Health Partners (IHP) to deliver much-needed oncology medicines to children in Tanzania.

IHP first came to Softbox nearly a year ago in search of a temperature control packaging that could reliably and securely transport its donated cancer medicines in a cold supply chain maintained at 2-8°C. Softbox recommended the use of its award-winning Silverpod pallet shippers for airfreight transportation.

The medicines are delivered to TLM, the charity’s Tanzania-based aid partner pioneering an oncology programme for children in Dar es Salaam. Softbox’s collaboration with IHP will see the delivery of a third shipment to Tanzania next month,containing 500 courses of medicine; bringing the total sent out to 1,900.

“Softbox’s donation has enabled us to send these much-needed medicines to those who desperately need it,” said Colleen Harrisson-Dodds, IHP’s Logistics Director. “The pharmaceutical companies we work with recommended Softbox’s packaging, and we are very pleased with the result. This is an ongoing programme, and we hope to continue delivering this medicine to our partner hospital in Tanzania, as they have no other access to it and many more patients are in need.”

Kevin Valentine, General Manager of Softbox, said: “We are proud to be working with IHP to help achieve the safe temperature control transportation of these life-saving medicines. Knowing our packaging is helping these children to have a healthier and happier life is very rewarding, and we are very proud to be part of this fantastic initiative.”


About IHP

International Health Partners is based on a simple idea: supply and demand.

Healthcare companies have products that they want to donate. Healthcare professionals, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) want to use these to provide access to medicine for those in vulnerable and disaster-hit communities.

Working with a network of healthcare companies across Europe, IHP organises, coordinates and moves donations of medicines and health supplies. At the same time, we work closely with NGO partners to identify what they need, and to supply them with donations in an effective, safe and responsible way.

These donations help to fuel humanitarian work in some of the world’s poorest and most challenging places, including Gaza, Haiti, Iraq, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Yemen, where people lack access to basic healthcare.

In the last year alone, the IHP team has facilitated the delivery 4.4 million treatments of long-dated, high-quality and needed medicines to 33 countries.


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