COLSUBSIDIO - Colombian Family Allowances Fund
Colombia
Americas

Offering vulnerable populations access to medicines: A strategy to serve the community and the environment

Implementation year
2019

Health is a fundamental right in Colombia. However, there are certain segments of the population that because they live in geographically remote regions, have difficulties accessing health services in areas such as prevention, treatment and sourcing quality medicines. In general, the country’s health and medicine-dispensation services are located in the municipal capitals, which can be hard for rural dwellers to reach.

One mission of the COLSUBSIDIO - Colombian Family Allowances Fund (COLSUBSIDIO - Caja Colombiana de Subsidio Familiar) is to generate opportunities to close social gaps. Bearing in mind that COLSUBSIDIO pharmacies stock products that are in low demand or unmarketable due to damaged packaging, the opportunity was identified to deliver these medicines to vulnerable population groups. This programme also makes it possible to minimize the number of medical products being disposed of as hazardous waste, thus reducing the quantity, and the impact, of CO2 emissions into the environment.

Topic:
Health
Extension of coverage
Service quality
Social policies & programmes