Pharmaciens Sans Frontières
Pharmaciens Sans Frontières Comité International (PSFCI) is the largest humanitarian association in the world specialized in the pharmaceutical sector. Founded in 1985 to retrieve unused drugs from chemists for use in developing countries, PSFCI extended its objectives to help the developing countries set up a local adapted health care system.
Like Médecins Sans Frontières, PSFCI was founded and based in France, but has since evolved to an international organization, with support from national associations in a number of countries, including Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Tunisia. PCFCI has organized missions in countries in Africa, the Balkans, Central Asia, the Far East, and Latin America.
The missions of PSFCI are typically either emergency missions to countries affected by natural, human, or economic disasters; development missions to improve healthcare in impovershed countries; and technical assistance missions.
PSFCI has received donations from the industry and members for its internal organization, but claims that it relies heavily on government donations to finance international missions.
In October 2009 the French nonprofit organization Pharmaciens Sans Frontières – International Committee (PSF-CI), involved in reorganization proceeding since July 2009, wound-up by decision of court. The French NGO ACTED (Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development), one of the main charities in France, offered to take up some of the projects implemented by PSF-CI in order to continue their action in the field. Several other national and independent associations of the PSF network like Switzerland, Denmark, Canada and Germany are still active.
Pharmaciens Sans Frontières was awarded the "practitioner of the year award" for their performance during 1999 by the FIP Foundation for Education and Research.
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