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MSD Medical Outreach Program

Active Since: 1958

Contributing to SDGs…

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.



  • Global NGOs


    Catholic Medical Mission Board

    Direct Relief

    MAP International

    Project HOPE


  • 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


SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

  1. 3.1: Reduce Maternal Mortality
  2. 3.2: Reduce Under-5 Mortality 
  3. 3.3: Communicable Diseases & NTDs
  4. 3.4: NCDs (including mental health)
  5. 3.7: Access to sexual and reproductive health-care services 

SDG 5: Gender Equality

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 


In 2018, MSD’s Medical Outreach Program donated medicines and vaccines that treated over 349,000 people in 72 countries. These donations supported the partner NGOs’ healthcare clinics in developing countries, vaccination programs, medical mission pack programs, and provided disaster relief and preparedness worldwide,

In 2018, $12.8M worth (in U.S. wholesale acquisition cost) of pharmaceuticals and vaccines were donated in response to national and international disasters