Baxter donates products to help improve access to healthcare worldwide.
To maximize impact, Baxter donates items that recipient organizations have requested through a critical needs list, such as intravenous (IV) solutions and hemostatic sealants. The company’s Global Community Relations team manages the process, guided by Baxter's Global Product Donation Policy. Baxter’s product dating requirements are more rigorous than the minimum Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) guidelines.
During the year, Baxter continued to work with its humanitarian aid partners — Americares, Direct Relief and Partners In Health — to pre-position products for emergencies as well as to address ongoing needs in underserved communities. Americares, an international disaster-relief and humanitarian-aid organization, airlifts critical medicines, medical supplies and other aid to areas suffering humanitarian crises resulting from natural disasters or political strife. Direct Relief, a non-profit, non-sectarian humanitarian-assistance organization, provides medical assistance to victims of poverty, disaster and civil unrest. Partners In Health works with local government officials and the world’s leading medical and academic institutions to strengthen health systems in poor communities around the world.
In 2015, the company enhanced its product donation strategy by establishing a manufacture-to-donate process. Baxter integrates the critical needs lists of partner organizations into the company’s manufacturing and shipping processes twice annually, enabling partner organizations to prepare for the products they will receive. This optimizes partners’ capacity to warehouse Baxter products and make them available for emergency airlifts.
Read more about Baxter’s efforts in this area in the Innovation that Expands Access to Care section of the Baxter 2016 Corporate Responsibility Report.