Kits help create standardisation in healthcare delivery, resulting in efficient packing and delivery of medicines and medical goods: health care providers can be confident they will receive the right medicines and medical products to treat specific conditions.
IDA supplies standardised and custom-made kits to help our customers quickly set-up and roll-out their emergency response or to execute health specific projects.
The following kits offered by IDA are directly available from stock and are designed according to WHO requirements (cholera, paediatric and measles kits) and UN and humanitarian agencies requirements (IEHK 2017). All kits follow a modular set-up and can be ordered as a kit or as separate modules.
Inter-Agency Emergency Health Kit (IEHK) 2017
- Basic modules
- Supplementary modules
The IEHK 2017, designed to meet the initial primary healthcare needs, contains medicines and medical supplies in quantities that are sufficient to assist a population of 10.000 people for approximately 3 months in crisis situations, such as floods, droughts, earthquakes or armed conflicts.
Cholera kits (WHO Cholera 2020)
- Central Reference modules
- Periphery modules
- Community modules
The cholera kits are designed to support the first month of the initial response to an outbreak. Each type of kit (treatment of 100 cases) has been adapted to the specific use and needs required in various health settings during an outbreak i.e. central, peripheral and community level.
Pediatric kit including SAM/MC Children (WHO PED/SAM 2020)
- PED modules
- SAM modules
The PED/SAM kit is specifically designed for children and provides suitable medicines, renewables, and equipment to treat common childhood illnesses including severe acute malnutrition (SAM) with medical complications (MC). One kit can treat 50 children with severe acute malnutrition and medical complications. The kit can also be used in paediatric wards (10-15 beds) for 3 months.
Measles kit (WHO Measles 2021)
The measles kit is specifically designed to prepare for and support the treatment of associated complications in mild and severe cases during a measles outbreak. The kit provides the essential medicines, supplies and equipment for the management of clinical suspected and severe cases. The measles kit has an overlap with the PED/SAM 2021 kit, using some modules and includes an additional module for measles (mild cases).
Noncommunicable disease kit (WHO NCDK 2022)
WHO revised the NCD kit to improve treatment support for chronic diseases patients in emergency settings. The updated kit (NCDK 2022) provides essential medicines and medical devices for the management of hypertension and cardiac conditions, diabetes & endocrine conditions, and chronic respiratory diseases. The kit is set up for an outreach population of 10.000 people for 3 months.
IDA also offers custom-made kits on request. We help our customers with the composition and selection of the right kit content to meet their specific requirements. Examples of custom-made kits we have assembled are the Emergency Health Kit, the Essential Drugs Kit, the PEP Kit, the Nutrition Kit, the Malaria Kit (children & pregnant women), and the Midwifery Kit.
Kitting and warehousing in Dubai
The composition and logistics of kits can be complex. Therefor, IDA’s kitting facility is strategically located in Dubai - at the crossroad between Asia, Africa, and Europe - close to both airport and seaport. This ensures fast shipments to any location, especially during emergency response. It is also close to the International Humanitarian City, a logistics centre for the distribution of humanitarian aid, where major global humanitarian organisations have local offices to quickly respond to global crises.
Aside from a large kit production capacity, the facility is also equipped to stock large numbers of kit components and kits, allowing us to not only respond quickly in the event of an emergency, but also to produce (non-emergency) custom-made kits for our customers.
The animated video below shows the entire kitting chain - "from pill to patient" -, zooming in on the main kitting activities in a brief step-by-step process.
For more information on separate kitting stages such as inbound, storage, kit packaging and outbound, you can watch this additional video here.
Experience and impact
IDA has gained extensive experience over the years by working with international NGOs, UN organisations and intergovernmental organisations, providing kitting solutions to help them execute emergency response projects, often under challenging circumstances in remote and hard-to-reach areas.
Supplying kits requires experience in managing complexities in sourcing, procurement, quality assurance, logistics, kit assembly and warehousing. To successfully manage our kit projects and activities, we have the necessary systems, supplier management tools and logistics knowledge in place, all supported by our stringent QMS (quality management system).
Supporting healthcare in weakened health systems
Our kits are vital in weakened health systems such as Afghanistan and South Sudan. In Afghanistan, the ongoing deteriorating humanitarian situation caused by political unrest, severe drought, in combination with the COVID-19 pandemic, means that an estimated 18 million Afghan people are in need of aid: further increasing the vulnerability of refugees, women and children.
In South Sudan, a country with a population of almost 43 million people, of which a substantial part is living in remote and hard to reach areas, access to good quality healthcare also remains a challenge. Our kits allow a range of cost-effective essential health products to be easily distributed to these areas.
In the last few years, we have helped our customers treat over 23 million patients by supplying IDA’s kits to more than 50 countries, including the most recent WHO grade 3 listed emergencies (events with substantial public health consequences), in Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Afghanistan and Yemen amongst others.
Over the years 2020-2021, IDA shipped 2500 emergency health kits (IEHK), 120 Pediatric Severe Acute Malnutrition (PED-SAM) and 228 pallets of essential medicines and medical supplies kits to Afghanistan, and 600 Rapid Response Kits (RRK) to South Sudan to support WHO and NGOs in providing the much-needed healthcare on the ground.