Not only do the mothers receive care themselves, they also learn how to care for their newborns, including good nutrition during the first weeks of life. These early interventions set mothers and their babies on a healthy life course, and that impact has a multiplier effect for health workers. Auxiliary midwives, trained at health centers, can give back to the community by becoming members of the village health committee and sharing their newly acquired knowledge and skills. “It’s a really ingenious way to affect change,” says Jill Livengood (Global Vaccines Business Unit). “The health centers will be used by the nearby villages after the project funding ends, hopefully for many years.”
“At work we develop medicines and vaccines, but through our Global CSR Program, we’re making a meaningful difference to communities at the local level.”
The Takeda Global CSR Program’s support for high impact programs in developing and emerging countries aligns with our corporate values — long-term commitments, lasting, sustainable change, and effective, enduring partnerships. Similarly, the EPP invites Takeda employees to bring their own personal values to the table. Each year, all employees are given the chance to decide how CSR funding will be used through a company-wide employee voting system. The EPP helps remind employees of the impact they are bringing to local communities.
Sumito Soichi (Japan Pharma Business Unit) was particularly inspired during the trip when he and his colleagues met with mothers who had received support from the village health committee’s emergency referral program. “I was inspired by how motivated the auxiliary midwives, mothers, and dedicated staff at Save the Children all are to bring better health to the community, and I saw that our support successfully reaches people.”
“Only three of us attended this program, but I want as many people as possible to see [it] with their own eyes.”
“I knew nothing about neonatal care,” one of the mothers told Takeda employees, “or information on when I needed to go to the hospital. Takeda and Save the Children’s program gave me knowledge, and I will share the information with my neighbors.”
On the topic of why Takeda’s support is unique, Dr. Ei Mon Soe (Save the Children Myanmar’s Head of Health), reflected “the Takeda project with Save the Children empowers members of the community to take responsibility for their own health care with reduced financial hardship. I think that is crucial, and also the main purpose of the project.”