Health and wellbeing in our communities
To improve access and support people in vulnerable communities, we make targeted product and financial donations to programmes run by local and global partners that are designed to be sustainable in the long term. We also encourage our employees to volunteer their time and expertise. In 2014, the global business invested £201.5 million in communities around the world.
Discover more about our programmes
Across the world we invest in programmes that increase access to health and well-being and improve outcomes for whole communities. We maximise the benefits of our community investment by working in partnership with NGOs and by selecting projects that enable us to use our expertise and resources. As well as benefiting communities, our investment strengthens our business by improving our reputation; boosting employee morale and helping us build relationships with a range of stakeholders.
Our philosophy is to target support on selected health and educational programmes that are innovative, sustainable and produce tangible results. The programmes we support share our vision of enhancing healthcare, and where possible they offer opportunities to involve GSK employees in assisting communities where we do business.
ORANGE DAY: SOS Children’s Village
GSK’s mission of helping people to do more, feel better and live longer can be achieved not just through our medicines, vaccines and consumer products, but also through our involvement with local communities. One way GSK supports communities is through the Orange Day initiative, allowing every permanent GSK employee to take one day fully paid to volunteer for a chosen community project, non-profit organisation or cause which they support.
Orange Day can be completed as a team or individually, using your time and skills to help support and benefit local community organisations. Every permanent employee is entitled to carry out one Orange Day per year on company time at a date of your choosing, as long as it is agreed with the partner organisation and your line manager.
On Wednesday 16th September 2015, we decided to mark our Orange Day as a team – Team GSK Nigeria. We visited SOS Children’s Village, Isolo, Lagos bearing gifts for the children and their administrators. These gifts included toys, foodstuff, clothing, books and GSK branded items from GSK staff and their families.
Furthermore, as part of our yearly donation to sponsor the upkeep of 20 children at the village (Isolo and Owu Ijebu), a cheque of ₦4.3m was presented to the management of SOS Children’s village. Our relationship with the SOS Children’s Village dates back to 2004.
World Asthma Day
Every first Tuesday in May the whole world celebrates the World Asthma Day. World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) to improve asthma awareness and care around the world. In 2015, we showed support for World Asthma Day, in recognition of a lung condition which affects approximately 235 million people worldwide! GSK Nigeria went all out on a #walkforasthma to create awareness, sensitize the public by sharing relevant materials; and by organizing a symposium.
Empowering the next generation of Healthcare Professionals
GSK Nigeria has underlined its commitment to finding new ways of engaging with healthcare professionals for the benefit of patients by expanding its Young Pharmacists and Yong Physicians Programme nationwide.
The programmes aim to build knowledge and capabilities among the next generation of Nigerian Healthcare Professionals through a series of training sessions, so that they can offer the best service to patients and ensure their customers have access to the best quality medicines. At the same time, they are designed to standardise Pharmacy and Medical practice in Nigeria and also help broaden the young people’s expectations of what they can achieve in their career.
Launched in Lagos in 2014, events have now been run in over 20 cities in Nigeria reaching more than 1000 young Healthcare professionals in the process.
GSK/PSN Education Partnership
In 2015, GSK Nigeria and Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria launched an education partnership which offers pharmacists an innovative training programme named the Scientific Course for Pharmacist Education (SCOPE).
SCOPE, a non-promotional and free online training program for pharmacists, consists of nine (9) disease area modules that are accredited by the United States based Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). Successful completion of SCOPE is now one of the requirements to receive ten (10) credit points towards the required thirty (30) credit points under the Mandatory Continuous Professional Development (MCPD) programme of the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN).
Through this innovative programme, SCOPE, we aim to enhance the knowledge of Nigerian pharmacists, and in turn, positively impact the lives of patients in Nigeria. The online platform was chosen to implement the modules because it is more cost effective than face to face trainings, with a wider reach as pharmacists in hard to reach areas can also benefit. Access to quality education will indeed build credibility in the Pharmaceutical industry.” Intending participants (including GSK Pharmacist) are encouraged to visit the SCOPE website
GSK/PCN Education Partnership
In 2015, GSK sponsored the project plus in conjunction with Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN). Project Plus is an initiative that is aimed at fighting product counterfeiting and also to ensure that Nigerians at the grassroots have access to original drug products. Tagged, Project Plus, the project seeks to tackle the menace of counterfeit and poor quality medicines in Nigeria by educating Patient Medicine dealers and sellers
Our medicines can play a vital role in humanitarian relief efforts in disaster zones. We work in partnership with non-profit organisations and relief charities during times of emergency to donate our products where they are needed, according to World Health Organization guidelines. Our approach is non-partisan and we ensure neutrality in supporting health needs.
The amount of products donated depends on demand. In 2014 we supported humanitarian relief efforts in 78 countries across the globe.
Lymphatic Filiariasis (LF): GSK is an active partner in one of the world’s biggest and boldest public health initiatives – the international effort led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to rid the world of Lymphatic Filiariasis (otherwise known as elephantiasis). Our global commitment is to donate 600 million tablets of the required drug each year until LF is eliminated. GSK Nigeria, in partnership with our parent company, is responsible for the coordination of the donation to beneficiaries in the country.
African Family Nutrition Website: As part of our drive to improve the quality of human life, GSK launched a website tagged ‘African Family Nutrition’, which is a one-stop for nutrition queries. The objective of this website is to ensure that the right knowledge about children’s nutrition is provided to mothers through experts. This knowledge is made available through integrated (online and offline) digital channels.