#MedsForMore is a citizen-led, Robinhood-style initiative to collect unexpired and unused/leftover COVID-19 medicines and distribute them amongst those with neither access nor affordability. The purpose is twofold – Increasing Impact while Reducing Waste.
Through the first wave of the pandemic, Dr. Marcus Ranney was a frontline medical volunteer for the BMC treating numerous patients in slums across Mumbai. As the second wave intensified, he saw the number of people reaching out to him for help increasing manifold. This prompted him and his wife Dr. Raina Ranney to approach their building residents and ask them to donate any extra COVID-19 meds. Their request was met with great enthusiasm and the couple soon realised that there were many who were keen to help but didn’t know how to go about it without leaving their homes.
What started as a single building effort has now extended to include 1000+ volunteers in multiple cities across the country, already having collected almost half a metric tonne of donations. Small acts of individual kindness leading to waves of collective positive impact.
The medicines that arrive at the collection centres are sent to various registered NGOs where they are segregated, securely packed and then dispersed to clinics and health centres across the country, reaching patients completely free of cost.
Whilst the current focus is on COVID-19, the long-term plan is to develop this model to include other medicines as well. For a country in which 45% of all out-of-pocket healthcare spends are due to the cost of medicines, causing millions of citizens to fall below the poverty line every year, this mission will go a long way towards saving lives and livelihoods
MedsForMore (“MFM’) is a citizen level volunteering social initiative established only to facilitate collection of unused COVID-19 medicines only to be prescribed and distributed free of charge by its volunteering partners. MFM in no manner encourages anyone to purchase medicines and donate for its purposes. MFM is carrying out this activity without any financial consideration. MFM is in no manner intending to raise any funding, monetary donations through this website or any other means for the said purpose.