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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.

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Solidarity Support Programme: Annual Report for 2020

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. Since 2016, the Solidarity Support Programme has been broadened 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.

2020: a wide variety of aid distributed

For 2020, the aid distributed totalled 3 122 euros. This aid took a variety of forms:

  • subscriptions to La Revue Prescrire or to its English edition Prescrire International for health professionals working in Africa, Asia and Latin America. In 2020, an additional subscription was granted to a Guinean physician working in a hospital in Guinea (Conakry).
  • renewal of subscriptions to the "Martindale" clinical pharmacology reference, for drug bulletins independent from pharmaceutical companies, and who are doing work on drugs and other therapeutics in lower-income countries.

Two projects that received support in 2019 are still underway. The launch of their products has been delayed as a result of the covid-19 pandemic: 

  • the independent "Ecuadorian Pharmacotherapeutic Vademecum", based on information from Prescrire and from the Belgian "Répertoire commenté des médicaments". This work takes into account local clinical practice guides and the Ecuadorian list of essential medicines, adapted from that of the WHO.
  • a digital Application facilitating access to the information contained in the booklet "Pourquoi garder son indépendance face aux laboratoires pharmaceutiques" produced by La Troupe du rire, in conjunction with the French national association of medical students (ANEMF). Details in French > HERE).

The medical sciences library in Beirut, Lebanon also contacted Prescrire for a subscription under the Solidarity Support Programme. This will be effective in 2021, and therefore is not included in the accounts for 2020.

Warm thanks to our donors

In 2020, support from donors totalled 5  700 euros. Most of the donations came from the transfer to the Programme of purchase vouchers granted by Prescrire in exchange for referrals of new subscribers or for reviewing texts.

The Programme allows Prescrire to continue to support independent information and independent continuing education for healthcare professionals.

Our warm thanks to the 121 donors who made a contributrion in 2020.

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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