Global initiatives for better healthcare
Self-determined family planning: as the market leader in hormonal contraception, Bayer HealthCare's Pharmaceuticals Division has supported family planning around the world, in particular for people with low incomes, for 50 years. Firstly, the company is working together with partners to improve knowledge of sexuality, health and contraception in developing countries. Secondly, it provides hormonal contraceptives free of charge or at reduced prices in cooperative projects, empowering women to decide for themselves about their family planning.
The war on neglected diseases: more than 3.3 billion people are affected by so-called neglected diseases. In cooperation with the World Health Organization (WHO), Bayer HealthCare provides medicines free of charge to treat African sleeping sickness and Chagas disease in Latin America. In addition, with the “Bayer Fights Chagas” project Bayer HealthCare is taking a new approach that combines corporate social responsibility and talent management. For the first time, up-and-coming managerial employees and volunteers are being brought together to develop a sustainable concept to combat Chagas disease in Argentina. Bayer HealthCare is also working together with the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development on a new treatment for tuberculosis that will shorten the duration of therapy. Should the studies prove successful, the new treatment will be made available at reduced prices, particularly in developing countries.
Training and education: Medical Care is one of three corporate sponsors of the India Diabetes Educator Project/Project Hope which provides training to healthcare workers throughout India. Another of Medical Care’s projects is a partnership with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), including a collaboration with popstar Nick Jo-nas. Furthermore, the company has long been actively involved in social projects and offers its employees numerous opportunities to voluntarily contribute to such projects at its corporate sites.