The Critical Role of Humanitarian Donations
In a recent commentary published in the Journal of Global Oncology, co-authors Pat Garcia-Gonzalez MA, Gilberto Lopes MD, Erin Schwartz MSW, and Lawrence Shulman MD, clearly outline the need and efficacy of humanitarian donation programs using lessons learned from the success of joint access initiatives between Novartis and The Max Foundation.
In addition to providing concrete evidence for the need and efficacy of humanitarian donation programs, the paper also demonstrates the terrible human cost that would result from their absence. Garcia-Gonzalez and her co-authors write:
“…in this era of globalization, we are leaving our friends behind and they know it. There is only one thing worse than hearing your loved one is diagnosed with cancer. It is to be told that there is a treatment that could help, but because of the place where you live, your loved one cannot access it and will therefore die a premature and avoidable death.”
The Max Foundation is a global health organization that believes all people living with cancer have the right to access the best treatment and support. Through personalized access services, quality training and education, and global advocacy efforts, we aim to help people face cancer with dignity and hope.