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Feb. 1 - Rotary-MAP International Partnership Completes Successful Pilot Phase of Medicines Program and Provides Prescription Assistance to 140 Citizens

Dublin Business Journal Staff Report

February 1, 2018 - The local district of Rotary and MAP International provided medical relief to 140 citizens in Valdosta during the first 90 days of the partnership’s pilot program. The program, called Rotary-MAP Saving Lives with Medicine Project, aims to provide prescription assistance to local citizens who have fallen through the cracks of the healthcare system.

The Partnership Health Center (PHC) in Valdosta, GA, is one of the participating clinics in the pilot which provides free medicine to high-risk, indigent patients.

At the PHC, 140 patients benefitted from the program during the first three months alone. Over half of the patients were considered high-risk, being treated for a variety of medical issues including hypertension, Type II diabetes, asthma and high cholesterol.

High-risk patients are defined as those with a history of non-compliance with treatment protocols. These patients are typically unable to afford reduced cost medicines and are usually enrolled in a Patient Assistance Program that requires 1-2 months processing time before medicines are made available These patients were able to receive the needed medicines because of the partnership between MAP International and Rotary District 6920.

“This program is exceeding our highest expectations,” said Dr. Hamsa Thota, Rotary’s District Governor. “We knew we wanted to save lives by providing medicines to at-risk patients, but we had no idea how needed this program was or how successful it really would be.”

Improvement for treated patients was measured using three health indicators. The outcomes were impressive revealing that patients had healthy blood pressure levels, cholesterol levels below 240 and HbA1c levels below 9 percent.

With such successful results, the program will continue into the second phase of the pilot and expand to provide free medicine to indigent patients in health clinics in central and south Georgia.

“The results of this pilot study exceeded our expectations. MAP looks forward to expanding this program to additional communities”, said Steve Stirling, MAP President & CEO. “We are tremendously thankful for this program,” said John Sparks, CEO of the PHC.

“Our patients are receiving medicines that would not otherwise be available to them, and we are watching these treatments increase our patients’ quality of living and chances of survival.”

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