Save the Children partnership
Currently, nearly 7 million children under five die every year from preventable diseases. In the last ten years, significant progress has been made globally to reduce the rate of child deaths, however more needs to be done to prevent children dying unnecessarily. While the needs of the world’s poorest children are diverse, there are three areas where urgent attention could help to ensure that every child receives essential healthcare:
- More healthcare workers in these regions
- Vaccines and medicines
- Simple nutritious food
Making a change
We are embarking on an ambitious global partnership with Save the Children to share our expertise and resources and focus on these three areas in order to make a lasting change for the world’s most vulnerable children.
The new partnership goes well beyond the traditional charity corporate fundraising model. It will touch many areas of our business, in particular using our R&D capabilities to help save children’s lives.
The GSK and Save the Children partnership will focus in particular on:
- developing child-friendly medicines to reduce child mortality and new-born deaths
- widening vaccination coverage to reduce the number of child deaths in the hardest to reach communities
- researching new affordable nutritional products to help alleviate malnutrition in children
- increasing investment in the training, reach and scope of health workers in the poorest communities to help reduce child mortality