Email, reports, data - in an era defined by technological process, we have witnessed a rapid increase in our reliance on digital devices and platforms, and in turn, an alarming increase in the global digital footprint. Inspired by last Saturday's National Clean Up Day, IDA launched a digital clean up challenge in our offices.
As global supplier of essential malaria products, and as procurement agent for the Global Fund’s PPM Vector Control programme, IDA is part of a global ecosystem dedicated to help achieve a malaria-free world. Together with other partners we ensure access to essential products in the fight against malaria.
On World Humanitarian 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.
IDA Foundation has a broad range of wholesale customers, varying from small local health clinics in rural areas to Ministries of Health (MoH) and large health organisations that operate globally. In addition to these customers and all those in between, we work with key local distributors who keep stock of IDA products to enable local access to the most requested essential medicines and medical supplies, also for customers needing smaller quantities.
Breastfeeding is a natural and essential process that provides numerous health benefits to both infants and mothers. It is a universal phenomenon that transcends borders and cultures, promoting optimal growth and development in babies while fostering a strong bond between mother and child. World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated annually from August 1-7, serves as a timely reminder of the significance of breastfeeding and the need for ensuring accessible and adequate breastfeeding supplies for all mothers.
Today is World Hepatitis Day. On this day we raise awareness of 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.
In addition to our standard range of essential medicines and medical supplies, IDA also provides a variety of kits made to serve countries in need. We would like to share some of our Q1 and Q2 impact numbers related to kitting and emergency response with you, as this is an important part of our work and mission.
We are proud to share that we recently passed our ISO 14001 verification audit without any non-conformities. We are looking forward to continue our sustainability journey and to keep building sustainable value chains together with our dedicated partners.
IDA Foundation and Solvoz partner to transform the medical procurement and supply chain landscape in and for LMICs, by introducing a new online marketplace for NCD medicines and medical supplies.
We would like to highlight one of our work benefits, which is the possibility to work from any location in the world for up to a month per year, also being referred to as ‘work from anywhere weeks’ (WFAWs). Offering WFAWs, is one of the great benefits that we give to our employees, which allows them to extend their holidays for example while working remotely at the same time.
On World Refugee Day, we honour the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution. Sadly, the last decade has seen a drastic increase of people seeking refuge worldwide. The main causes for this increase are (political) conflict, but also drought and other natural disasters caused by climate change, creating unsafe living conditions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.