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Saving and Improving Lives
In 2010, we strengthened our commitment through the launch of a comprehensive, five-year commitment to the United Nations to help improve the health of women and children in developing countries. The initiative supports the United Nations’ Every Woman, Every Child initiative, which calls for a renewed effort to achieve the Millennium Development Goals related to women and children by 2015.
Saving Mothers' and Babies' Lives
Johnson & Johnson is also a partner of the UNICEF/Safe Motherhood Initiative, which works to assure that impoverished women in India can safely give birth to a healthy child. The program provides technical support, leadership and training programs to midwives, female health workers and staff nurses in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. The initiative also ensures that skilled caregivers are available 24-hours a day at health care facilities where staff have received birth attendant training.
Healthy Babies Are Worth the Wait
Prematurity is the No. 1 killer of newborn infants in the United States. The Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute, L.L.C. partners with the March of Dimes and the Kentucky Department for Public Health on Healthy Babies Are Worth the WaitSM, to reduce preventable preterm births in targeted geographies in Kentucky.
Access to a Simple Surgery
Obstetric fistula is an injury of childbearing that is usually caused by several days of obstructed labor without proper medical intervention, resulting in chronic incontinence. Johnson & Johnson supports the Global Campaign to End Fistula, led by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) in Eritrea, to make this serious and painful disorder as rare in the developing world as it is in more industrialized countries. Our support includes medical equipment, building repairs, and fistula educational materials.
Using Micro-Credit to Bridge the Gap
In Honduras, the Afro-Latino Garífuna are a unique population of non-Spanish speakers estranged from the general population because of their cultural differences. They suffer from poverty, lack of political and economic power, social invisibility, minimal education, and unemployment, and have inadequate access to basic necessities such as drinking water, education and medical care. The Instituto de Desarollo Hondureño (IDH) helps to bridge the social gap by offering access to business training and credit opportunities so they can create sustainable micro-enterprises. In the past year, Johnson & Johnson partnered with IDH to help 950 struggling Garífuna people, primarily women, support their families by establishing small businesses. The IDH program targets people who earn $2 to $4 (U.S.) a day using grassroots methodology to provide training opportunities for young families.
Caring for People with HIV/AIDS
Johnson & Johnson has a variety of programs that offer support, medicines and care to people with HIV/AIDS. In Panama, we support Malambo’s Whole Attention Program , which gives 20 HIV-infected children and young mothers access to medical care, housing, clothing, nutritional guidance, education, recreation, and psychological and legal assistance.
Additionally, we support Sister Gill Horsfield of Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) , which in 1989 began training health workers in Nairobi, Kenya, to provide home-based care to individuals suffering from HIV/AIDS-related illnesses. Today, MMS has joined with the Comboni Missionary Sisters to provide more extensive holistic care for those affected by HIV/AIDS. The partnership includes programs in home-based care and tuberculosis treatment, programs for deaf and handicapped youth, and a voluntary HIV/AIDS counseling and testing program. It also includes distribution of antiretroviral therapy, other medicines, and prepared meals and dry goods to families with sick parents.
Safer Pregnancies, Healthier Newborns
Each year in Indonesia, 20,000 women die from pregnancy or delivery complications, and 165,000 infants die before, during, or directly after birth. Midwives play an important role in improving reproductive health services because they are found in almost every village in the country and are present at nearly 2.3 million births each year.
Johnson & Johnson works with Jhpiego, a health group affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and the Indonesian Midwives Association (IMA) to help create the Bidan Delima program in 2000. The program provides awareness, skills enhancement and motivational tools for Indonesian midwives in private practice who are eager for continuous education. Since Johnson & Johnson began supporting IMA and its efforts to train midwives, more than 1,200 midwives have been trained on clinical standards of midwifery. These standards include family planning services, infection prevention and safe delivery care. The program also provides educational material to 28,000 additional midwives throughout the country.