Operation Bigay Lunas (OBL) provides free medicines and medical services to underserved communities throughout the Philippines. Started in 1999, OBL is conducted year-round, with local government units, non-government organizations, educational institutions, civic-social organizations and government-related organizations as beneficiaries.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is a year-round beneficiary of OBL, through OBL’s Libreng Gamot para sa Kawal initiative, in recognition of the heroic dedication and commitment of military personnel to the country’s safety and protection. Free medicines and medical supplies are shipped by MDFI directly to AFP’s 33 military treatment facilities nationwide to ensure that soldiers get the proper healthcare assistance wherever they are deployed.
The strong support of the pharmaceutical industry, donors, healthcare professionals and volunteers, and their joint aspiration to bring healthcare closer and more accessible to the people have contributed to the successful conduct of OBL through the years.
Apart from direct assistance with free medicines and medical consultations, OBL also helps establish disease prevalence in the communities served, with actionable healthcare data provided, where applicable, for follow-thru action.