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Prescrire's Solidarity Support Programme: facilitating access to reliable and independent information around the world


Helping healthcare professionals in countries with insufficient financial resources and those training to become healthcare professionals to obtain quality, independent information.

Abonnés solidaires Prescrire

Prescrire's Solidarity Support Programme has been raising funds from Prescrire subscribers since 1993. These donations help to provide independent therapeutic and pharmacological information to healthcare professionals who do not have access to sufficient economic resources in their countries. In June 2016, the board of directors of Association Mieux Prescrire decided to broaden the application of the Solidarity Support Programme to include initiatives aiming to promote a culture of professional independence within the educational system, without conditions regarding the level of economic resources of the country.  

Aid allotted in 2017
Aid for the year 2017 totalled 3 844 euros. It took several forms:

  • new or renewed subscriptions to La revue Prescrire or Prescrire International, in various countries, including Madagascar and Argentina;
     
  • renewed subscriptions to the therapeutic reference "Martindale", for bulletins in lower-income countries who are independent from the pharmaceutical industry and who publish content related to drugs and therapeutics.

The funds available in 2018 should prove useful in the coming months, in particular to foster a culture of independence and to help develop a critical spirit amongst future healthcare professionals. 2017 saw the publication of the first-ever rankings of French medical schools based on the measures put in place to foster prevention and awareness, in order to avoid or limit the pharmaceutical industry's influence in medical education (1). The improvements called for by the authors of these rankings will require various actions in the educational setting.

A large number of donors
In 2017, support from donors did not falter. Most of the donations came from purchase vouchers granted in exchange for referrals of new subscribers or for reviewing texts, that recipients chose to transfer to the Solidarity Support Programme. The sum of 8 926 euros was thus collected from 182 donors, to whom the Prescrire team extends its thanks.

Prescrire encourages subscribers to submit names of healthcare professionals, organisations or projects that might benefit from aid under the Solidarity Support Programme.

Should you wish to suggest new beneficiaries for the programme, or to send a donation, please write to:

contact@prescrire.org, or to

Prescrire - Abonnés Solidaires
83 boulevard Voltaire
75558 Paris Cedex 11, France


Donations may be made by direct debit, by bank transfer or by cheque to the order of Association Mieux Prescrire.

For more information:

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©Prescrire May 2018

Reference:
1- "Medical schools and conflicts of interest" Prescrire Int 2017; 26 (186): 227. > Pdf, free