We care: our commitment to environmental responsibility
This World Environment Day, we're excited to share some of our recent efforts towards making a positive impact. Achieving our ISO-14001 certification in 2022, demonstrates our dedication and also gives us a solid framework to minimizing environmental impacts and finding innovative solutions. Below, we dive into some of our recent activities and collaborative projects.
Bridging the gap: access to menstrual products
World Menstrual Hygiene Day, observed on May 28th each year, serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of menstrual hygiene management and the significant impact it has on the lives of women and girls worldwide. The day aims to raise awareness, break stigmas, and foster a supportive environment where women and girls can confidently manage their menstrual health. By shedding light on this fundamental aspect of women's well-being, we can work towards a more equitable and inclusive society. Access to menstrual products is key to improving menstrual health and hygiene. However, millions of women and adolescent girls worldwide do not have access to these products or simply can’t afford them.
Decarbonising our travels with sustainable aviation fuel
In our pursuit of global health impact, IDA Foundation (IDA) acknowledges the importance of responsible travel practices. In line with our (ISO14001-certified) Environmental Management System, IDA has looked at all of its environmental impacts and identified ways in which we can minimise our footprint.
IDA Foundation: Impacting global health with values and purpose
At IDA, we are on a mission to improve access to essential medicines and create a sustainable and healthy future. With offices in the Netherlands, India, our global team represents various backgrounds and nationalities, fostering a vibrant and inclusive work environment.
Shipping essential health goods to Ukraine
The need for emergency assistance in Ukraine remains high and IDA Foundation is dedicated to provide essential health goods to support local health systems. Recently we shipped medicines to our customer Abej Nationale, who are committed to helping the people of Ukraine. We are happy to see our products in the field, knowing they are reaching those who need it most. Watch the video below to see the delivery of our products!
IDA team celebrates WMD with fun and learning
Last week, on World Malaria Day, the Vector Control team organised an internal teambuilding activity for the occasion. Over 70 employees came together to learn, engage and have fun.
From prevention to treatment: our impact
On this World Malaria Day, we would like to highlight our impact in the battle against malaria. Malaria is a severe illness caused by the Plasmodium parasite and transmitted through the bites of infected Anopheles mosquitoes.
World Earth Day at IDA
World Earth Day is celebrated annually on the 22nd of April, to raise awareness and appreciation for the earth’s environment. The day is dedicated to promoting the importance of protecting our planet and taking action to ensure a sustainable future for all.
Partnership to overcome supply chain challenges
IDA Foundation and Kuehne+Nagel have partnered to ensure continuous delivery of essential health goods in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) despite disruptions of supply chains and other logistical challenges.
IDA nominated for LinkedIn learning award
Since 2019 we have been providing free LinkedIn Learning accounts to our employees, allowing them to allocate time during work for their professional development. We are happy to see that these licenses are being used frequently, and even led to being nominated for a LinkedIn Talent Award over the past year. The LinkedIn Talent Awards celebrates teams around the world who are innovating, learning, and developing their skills for the future.
Supporting World TB Day
The past decades IDA has been working together with several partners to ensure the delivery of essential anti-TB medication to high-burden countries. We have built an extensive TB portfolio over the years and gathered much knowledge about the nature of the disease and how to build sustainable networks and infrastructure that help eradicate this disease globally.
Reducing our digital footprint
This Saturday is Digital Cleanup Day (March 18). Digital Cleanup Day is an annual event that encourages people to declutter their digital lives and promote sustainability. With the rise of technology, we have become increasingly reliant on digital devices and platforms, leading to a surge in electronic waste (e-waste) and a growing global digital carbon footprint.
Educating our teams on gender equality and DEI
Today is International Women’s Day! For this special day, we organised a specific ‘Future of..’ session to discuss gender equality, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). During these ‘Future of..’ sessions within IDA, we address different topics about our working culture, projects or partnerships. We take the opportunity to invite guest speakers and to learn more about other departments and ongoing projects.
Invitation to bid (ITB) on behalf of Stop TB/GDF
On behalf of Stop TB Partnership’s Global Drug Facility (GDF), IDA Foundation (IDA), the GDF- contracted procurement agent, invites all eligible suppliers to submit bids (ITB) for pretomanid tablets for the period until 31 December 2023.
Meet us at DIHAD
From 13-15 March, IDA Foundation will be present at DIHAD (Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development) conference and exhibition. Meet us at booth #13 for a conversation or plan a meeting with us through your IDA representative.
Bridging the gap: sending medical aid to Türkiye
Last week, on February the 6th, a series of large devastating earthquakes struck the south-eastern part of Türkiye and north-western part of Syria, causing widespread destruction, injury and death. The disastrous impact of the earthquakes left millions of victims in urgent need of water, food, shelter and medical attention. Besides that, the earthquake had a significant impact on the existing infrastructure and continues to delay the delivery of medical aid in the affected areas.
Empowering Haiti: Building local capacity for accessible quality healthcare
Strengthening local health systems in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), involves improving access to quality health care, essential medicines and medical supplies. It also requires strengthening health workforces by increasing the number of health care providers and improving their training and development. Additionally, building strong partnerships between public and private sectors, as well as civil society organisations, is crucial to ensure access to quality health care services.
How emergency shipments are saving lives in Ukraine
Since the start of the armed conflict in Ukraine last year many organisations provided emergency shipments of medicine, medical supplies, and other essential goods to the country. This is crucial, as the country's healthcare system has been severely impacted, leaving those affected by the war without access to the medical care they need.
Cervical cancer: prevention is key
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month, an important time to educate ourselves about this disease and take steps to prevent it. As procurement agent for Defeat NCD (DNCD), IDA Foundation is committed to increase access to medication and diagnostics aimed at different NCDs including cancer.
Retirement of Mr. Shree Rajwade
After almost 33 years of service Mr. Shreekrishna (Shree) Rajwade, our General Manager of the IDA Foundation office in Mumbai, is retiring today. From 2023 onwards, we welcome Beena Singh as the new General Manager of the Mumbai office alongside her duties as HR director. Activities related to supplier management and purchase are covered by the relevant teams in Mumbai, who have been well prepared for these responsibilities over the past years by Shree.
Looking back at a special IDA year
As the end of 2022 is approaching, we would like to wish our entire network a happy and healthy new year. We look forward to another year of bridging the gap and building healthy futures together with our partners and customers. Watch the video below to learn about some of our activities and achievements in the past year!
How achieving Universal Health Coverage motivates us
On Universal Health Coverage Day we raise awareness of the importance to leave no one behind. At IDA Foundation, it is our mission to bridge the gap in access to medicines and we have adopted Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as one of our long-term goals.
Meeting with MOHAP UAE
Last month, our QA Director Bart van Osch and Bincy Mathew, our Pharmacist for IDA MEA, paid a visit to the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP, United Arab Emirates) in Dubai. This visit was an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the MOHAP UAE and IDA Foundation, supporting our mutual mission to bridge gaps in access to medicines and to serve the people that need it most.
Increasing access to HIV/AIDS products
Today is World AIDS Day, a day where we spread awareness of the status of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and we encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. Worldwide, over 38 million people are living with HIV. While testing, treatments and prevention methods have come a long way, the work continues to end the epidemic that at first generated stigma, misinformation and miscommunication. It was through the work of activists and researchers that lifesaving treatments emerged, allowing people living with HIV to live long and healthy lives – something they never imagined would transpire. This World AIDS day’s theme is ‘Equalize’, a slogan and call-to-action to address inequalities worldwide when it comes to awareness and education, but also healthcare globally.
Closing anniversary year with successful event in Mumbai
Last week marked the 50th Anniversary of IDA. Following a successful event with customers and partners in Amsterdam in September, last week, we brought together IDA suppliers, employees, and other partners at our Mumbai supplier summit and celebration on November 25th. IDA Foundation’s Wendy Eggen and Shree Rajwade acknowledged that our Indian suppliers have played a crucial role in making quality healthcare affordable over the past decades, by supplying quality generic medicines and medical supplies.
Shipping emergency health goods to Afghanistan
Today we would like to give some attention to our customer International Medical Corps (IMC) by discussing a recent shipment to Afghanistan packed with IDA emergency health products.
Wrapping up a special year
Today, 21 November 2022, marks our official 50th anniversary. With this milestone we look back at 50 years of bridging the gap in access to medicines and medical supplies.
The fight against AMR
Today is the kick-off of the annual World Antimicrobial Awareness Week (WAAW). This week aims to create awareness around the accelerated threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). AMR occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and stop responding to medicines, increasing the risk of diseases and severe illnesses.
Climate change impacts global health
From 6-18 November, global leaders are gathering in Sharm El-Sheikh, to discuss climate change; one of the largest issues the world is currently facing. WHO foresees that between 2030 and 2050, climate change is expected to cause around 250.000 additional deaths per year from malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea, and heat stress only.
Building local networks with partners
Personal contact between our wholesale team and our agents and distributors is essential to our organisation. By regular visits to these partners in countries where we operate, we maintain an open and transparent relationship where both parties can express challenges and share experiences or ideas.
Meet our Sustainability team members
The past months we have been sharing our progress when it comes to sustainability and our approach towards achieving our long-term goals. On this Sustainability Day we would like to introduce some of the members of IDA’s Sustainability Team, who are working on IDA’s progress.
How values shape the IDA culture
On World Values Day, we take some time to think about what we value most in life. IDA Foundation’s five core values shape our unique working culture and unite our people in achieving our long-term goals of Universal Health Coverage, Strengthened Local Capacity and Sustainable Value Chains. This year’s theme is ‘Values for Community’ as values help to unite, guide, and motivate us.
IDA receives ISO 14001:2015 certificate
We are happy to announce that IDA Foundation has received ISO 14001:2015 certification for our Environmental Management System (EMS), applying to our sales, procurement, distribution of medicinal products and medical supplies, and value-added services.
Why diversity is so important to us
On this Dutch Diversity Day, we would like to share some of our insights when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. As we set out our strategic roadmap, IDA prioritised key Sustainable Development Goals that we can make an impact on, including SDG 5 (Gender Equality) and SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth). These goals help us with shaping our policies, making sure all our employees feel safe and valued at work.
SDG Action Days: partnering for progress
The SDG Action Days (23-27 September) are an opportunity to highlight sustainable progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which goals call for urgent action and is an opportunity to look for ways in which we can collaboratively take extra steps towards achieving the SDGs.
Outcomes of collaborative Malaria RDT sustainability study available
Through our partnership with Solvoz, we have explored ways in which the use and disposal of malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) can be made more sustainable. The outcomes of this study are now available.
IDA staff does a digital cleanup
Last Saturday, 17 September, was World Cleanup Day. On this day, awareness is raised on the global waste problem while uniting governments, volunteers and organisations around the world.
Medication safety is key for IDA quality
This day marks World Patient Safety Day, which calls for global solidarity and action to improve patient safety worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on health systems and health workers globally, both highly important for patient safety. This year’s campaign theme is ‘Medication Safety’, emphasising the need to adopt a systems approach and promote safe medication practices to prevent medication errors and to reduce medication-related harm.
Celebrating 50 years of IDA
After many months of preparation and excitement, last Thursday, IDA Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary at our #BuildingHealthyFutures event with partners and colleagues from around the world.
Invest to protect - The fight against NCDs
This week is the Global week for action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs)! This campaign is an initiative of the NCD Alliance and was first organised in 2018, ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs. The campaign focuses on the biggest gaps to progress on NCDs being accountability, investment, leadership, community engagement and care.
Tackling logistics challenges with our partner Kuehne+Nagel
In the lead up to IDA Foundation’s 50th anniversary this November, we have been sharing stories from our global partner network over the past months. This month, we caught up with one of IDA’s key supply chain partners, Kuehne+Nagel.
Why you should join our team!
At IDA Foundation, we believe that everyone in the world has the right to access quality medication and health care. Our international and diverse teams in Amsterdam and Mumbai are working hard toward our long-term goal of Universal Health Coverage, and supporting our mission of Bridging the Gap in Access to Medicines.
IDA honours world humanitarian day
On this day awareness is raised for those people helping others around the globe. For example by supporting refugees who are fleeing from political conflict or by reaching out to victims of natural disasters. Humanitarian aid workers provide life-saving assistance to suffering people all over the world. Those workers who live in conflict zones or in areas devastated by natural disasters are especially vulnerable, just like the people they serve.
Investing in gender equality
IDA Foundation has recently joined the UN Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs), strengthening our commitment and progress to gender equality. The WEPs are a shared initiative of UN Global Compact (of which IDA Foundation has been a participant since 2018) and UN Women.
Battling viral hepatitis and related illness
Today is World Hepatitis Day! On this day we raise awareness about the impact and long-term effects of viral hepatitis. Besides causing acute inflammation and illness, chronic hepatitis infection increases the risk of developing liver cancer. Cancer-causing infections, such as hepatitis and human papillomavirus (HPV) account for approximately 30% of cancer cases in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Lifestyle appears to be a risk factor for developing liver cancer and as alcohol-induced hepatitis is on the rise in LMICs, it is important to emphasise a healthy and balanced lifestyle (WHO, 2022).
IDA 50 years - a timeline
This year marks IDA’s 50th anniversary. Counting down to November 21 we are looking back at some of our key activities and achievements. As part of our 50 years IDA story campaign, we would like to share a brief IDA timeline with you. Watch the below video and learn about some of our milestones from the past five decades!
WHO prequalifies heat-stable carbetocin for PPH prevention
Last year we added heat-stable carbetocin (HSC) to our Reproductive-, Maternal-, Newborn-, and Child-Health (RMNCH) portfolio. HSC is a uterotonic, that is more stable in warm and humid climates than its alternative oxytocin and is therefore better able to prevent post-partum haemorrhage (PPH) caused by post-partum uterine atony.
Increasing access to nursing supplies in LMICs
The past years we have been expanding our Reproductive-, Maternal-, Newborn-, and Child-Health (RMNCH) portfolio. The latest additions to the portfolio are related to breastfeeding and are meant to support and assist mothers when their children have difficulty with latching on to the nipple or have other problems related to feeding.
Joining forces to ensure emergency shipments to Ukraine
This past month IDA Foundation has joined forces with i+solutions and other parties to ensure swift emergency shipments to Ukraine. Since the beginning of the Russian invasion in Ukraine four months ago, we have supported several initiatives to send emergency goods and medical relief products to Ukraine and neighbouring countries.
Building healthy futures: strengthening emergency response and preparedness
This year marks IDA’s 50th anniversary. Counting down to November 2022 we are looking back at some of our key activities. This includes emergency response, which has been an important part of our work for more than 25 years.