MSD Medical Outreach Program

The Medical Outreach Program is the primary means through which our company donates its pharmaceuticals and vaccines for humanitarian assistance in the developing world and in support of disaster relief worldwide.
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  • Provide ongoing donations of medicines and vaccines to address specific unmet medical needs, primarily in developing markets.
  • Provide humanitarian assistance in support of disaster and emergency relief.

Through this program, MSD* donates pharmaceuticals and vaccines to a limited number of qualified, U.S.-based nongovernmental organization (NGO) partners for use in their ongoing humanitarian programs in developing countries, and in support of disaster relief efforts worldwide.

The scope of the program varies from year to year and is influenced by changing medical needs in developing countries, the quantity of our medicines available for donation, and the unpredictable nature of emergencies or disasters. Through the Medical Outreach Program, donations are made in response to specific requests from the NGO partners. Each NGO has a long-standing relationship with the company, demonstrates integrity of purpose, provides assurance that products will be securely warehoused, and has well-established programs in developing countries. The NGOs work with local partners, including governments, communities, and local non-profits, to assess needs and formulate appropriate responses to acute and long-term health crises.

With each participating NGO, MSD maintains agreements that follow the World Health Organization (WHO) Guidelines for Drug Donations, which establish quality-assurance standards for responsible product donations. These agreements are designed to ensure the proper distribution and handling of medicines, as well as to outline procedures for reporting potential adverse reactions.

*MSD is known as Merck & Co., Inc. in the United States & Canada

Results and milestones

Throughout 2019, the donations of our medicines and vaccines provided immediate and ongoing assistance to those affected by hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and other natural or manmade disasters in Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the United States (including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

We supported partner emergency preparedness and medical mission programs and supplied medical aid to hundreds of thousands of people in need through our partner NGOs’ disaster response and ongoing medical programs.

Our product donation program enabled our NGO partners to provide local health care workers in developing countries the medications they need to treat chronic conditions and acute diseases through community health services worldwide.

Geographic Reach
  • Global Commitment
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • Europe
  • South-East Asia
  • Western Pacific
Disease Area
  • Infectious and Parasitic Disease
  • Other
  • Women’s and Child Health
  • Non-communicable diseases
See Disease Areas
Target Population
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Men
  • Elderly
  • People with low incomes
  • Marginalized/indigenous people
Partner organizations
Global NGOs

MAP International

Project HOPE

Operation Smile


Catholic Medical Mission Board

Direct Relief

Additional resources