• Agents of Change

    • This community works as a link between institutions that do not use all their prescription drugs, and people that can’t access them.

    Sirum: redistributing unused medicines to people who really need them / 

    The number of people that do not have sufficient resources to buy something as basic as medicines is shockingly high. However, the number of people that does have sufficient funds to pay for treatments, and then throws them away unused is possibly greater. Why do we allow all this medicine, which could potentially change someone’s life, to be wasted?

    Kiah Williams, founder of the Sirum community, asked herself the same question and decided to work towards changing the situation. Based in the state of California (which has laws that allow an individual or an institution to pass medicine on to someone else), it already works with 150 health institutes and has been able to distribute 440,000 units of medicine so far, with an estimated value of 1.4 million dollars. Sirum’s method is straightforward, they go the institution, record what prescription drugs they have, and then find an institution that needs them.

    Sirum’s main appeal is that aside from its philanthropic agenda, it will also work as an independent business. For the time being, they have a series of grants that allow them to research alternative markets, but Williams is working towards not having to depend on hand-outs to support her work, which is why the group recently introduced a membership fee to cover the operational costs.

    This agent of change detected a lacking-wasting situation and worked towards transforming it to benefit society. Sirum does not merely take on the enormous labour of connecting people that need medicine with the institutions that can provide them; they have also been able to make people and the industry aware of the enormous amount of squandering of a basic resource, one which can make a significant difference in someone’s life. 

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