Each year more than 287,000 women die from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications and one million newborns die in their first day of life, simply because of where they live. In 2010, Johnson & Johnson responded to the United Nations Secretary General’s Call-to-Action for a renewed global effort to advance its Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
“We made a comprehensive, five-year commitment as part of the Every Woman Every Child call to action,” explains Joy Marini, Director, Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson. “Our promise is to save and improve the lives of as many as 120 million women and children a year by 2015, in at least 50 countries, where needs are significant and resources are scarce.”
Today Johnson & Johnson is halfway toward reaching 120 million women and children and we’ve exceeded our goal of working in at least 50 of the 74 MDG countries.
Our commitment is focused on five areas: preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission; making childbirth safer; reaching mothers with life-saving health information through their mobile phone; treating children at-risk for intestinal worms and preventing reinfection and increasing research and development for new medicines to treat HIV, tuberculosis and other conditions.
“There is just no question of the vital importance of these efforts,” says Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund. “Focusing on the survival and health of a woman or a girl directly impacts the health and well-being of her entire family, and, by extension, her community, and the world.”
Johnson & Johnson is recognized as a global leader in public private partnerships (PPPs) with groups that focus on maternal, newborn and child health. The Company is one of two private sector partners in the World Health Organization’s Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health and participates in nearly a dozen major PPPs.
“We continue to build upon on a long legacy of innovation and partnerships to improve the survival and health of women, children and families,” says Marini. “We develop partnerships, provide support, product donations and expertise to ensure that women are healthy and children can reach their full potential.”
Johnson & Johnson has a Healthy Future 2015 goal to enhance outcome measurement in philanthropy.
From the 2013 Johnson & Johnson Annual Report