July 9, 2018

– Over 11,000 employees worldwide voted to select Last Mile Health, Seed Global Health, and UNICEF with an aim to train 8,000 community health workers worldwide, train 5,000 health professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa, and strengthen health systems in Angola, Guinea, and Togo.
– With the addition of three programs, Takeda’s contribution through its unique Global CSR Program totals 5.9 billion yen for a total of 9 programs since its launch in 2016.
– Takeda’s CSR activities, including the Global CSR Program, contribute to the lasting health of patients worldwide through mid and long-term commitments in disease prevention, capacity building, and access to healthcare.

Osaka, Japan, 9 July, 2018 — Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited [TSE: 4502] (“Takeda”) today announced the addition of three partners to its Global CSR Program for 2018 that contribute to the long-term health of people through disease prevention in developing and emerging countries. Employees cast their votes worldwide, and selected three programs run by organizations with proven track records: Last Mile HealthSeed Global Health, and UNICEF. All three of these programs are large-scale programs that are being launched by the aforementioned organizations in partnership with Takeda.

Takeda’s Global CSR Program, its flagship CSR activity, is a multi-year commitment in partnership with key global stakeholders and rooted in its patient-centricity and dedication to disease prevention and the improvement of access to healthcare that transform people’s lives in developing and emerging countries.

“We look forward to working closely with these three organizations to improve the health of people across the globe,” said Haruhiko Hirate, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs Officer. “We currently have six programs in operation, running between 5 and 10 years. We are excited that these programs selected by our employees all over the world are already making a contribution to the health of people in communities across Africa, Asia and Latin America.”

As a pharmaceutical company that is committed to improving people’s lives, Takeda strives towards Better Health and a Brighter Future for people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine. Our vision is of a world with accessible healthcare for all, where prevention measures are exponentially advanced and billions are freed of disease. We are committed to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) together with the global community.*

Takeda will commit a total of 1.4 billion yen to the following three programs in FY2018.

◆ Program Outlines and Partner Organizations in FY2018

Partner Program Outline Area Period Budget (yen)
1 Last Mile Health A health worker for everyone, everywhere Global 3 years 400 million
2 Seed Global Health Training 5,000 health professionals Sub-Saharan Africa 5 years 500 million
3 UNICEF Health system strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa Angola, Guinea, and Togo 5 years 500 million

The following six programs which were selected by Takeda employees in FY2016 and FY2017 respectively are making good progress.

 Program Outlines and Partner Organizations in FY2016

Partner Program Outline Area Period Budget (yen)
1 UN Foundation Global Measles Vaccination for Children Approximately 40 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America 10 years 1 billion
2 World Vision Community Health Worker Training for Maternal and Child Health India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Afghanistan 5 years 500 million
3 Save the Children Maternal and Newborn Health for Ethnic Minorities Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos 5 years 250 million
 Program Outlines and Partner Organizations in FY2017
Partner Program Outline Area Period Budget (yen)
1 UNICEF “The First 1000 Days”: Health and Nutrition Program Benin, Madagascar, and Rwanda 5 years 1 billion
2 Plan International Holistic support program for refugees of South Sudan and Syria Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, and Ethiopia 5 years 1 billion
3 JOICFP Protecting the lives of pregnant women in Africa Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia 5 years 750 million

*Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): On September 25th 2015, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the United Nations adopted a set of 17 goals, comprising 169 targets, for sustainable development.

Partner Organizations and Program Outlines
1. Last Mile Health: A health worker for everyone, everywhere

■ Outline: This program aims to train 8,000 community health workers through the Community Health Academy across the world in 30 evidence-based, lifesaving practices and expand their reach to millions of rural children and families in the highest burden countries. Last Mile Health will build upon progress to date in bringing Liberia’s groundbreaking National Community Health Assistant Program to scale, taking lessons learned to influence global discourse surrounding community health workforce programming as a means of delivering primary healthcare services to highly vulnerable and underserved populations.

■  Areas: Global
■  Period: 3 years
■  Budget: 400 million yen

2. Seed Global Health: Training 5,000 Health Professionals

■ Outline: This program aims to help remedy the shortage of skilled health care professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa, helping to build sustainable health systems where there is a critical need. Seed Global Health works with partner institutions and governments in this geographic area to support the education, training, and mentorship of 5,000 health professionals, including doctors, nurses, and midwives.

■  Areas: Sub-Saharan Africa
■  Period: 5 years
■  Budget: 500 million yen

3. UNICEF: Health Systems Strengthening in Sub-Saharan Africa  Towards Universal Health Coverage

■  Outline: This program aims to help protect the lives of an estimated 8.5 million people including 1.6 million children under five and 425,000 pregnant women by sustainably strengthening health systems in the three areas: improving health data and information systems, strengthening procurement and supply chain management, and strengthening the human resources in health system governance.

■  Areas: Angola, Guinea, and Togo
■  Period: 5 years
■  Budget: 500 million yen

About Last Mile Health
Last Mile Health’s mission is to save lives in the world’s most remote communities. The organization has worked for more than a decade to support governments to build national community health systems. Currently, Last Mile Health, in partnership with the Government of Liberia, supports over 3,000 community health workers as part of a national program that will serve 1.2 million Liberians by 2021.
http://lastmilehealth.org/

About Seed Global Health
Seed Global Health envisions a world in which every country is strengthened by a robust healthworkforce to best meet its population’s health needs. Seed educates a rising generation of health professionals to strengthen access to quality care, placing skilled educators at partner institutions in resource-limited settings for a minimum of one academic year. In five years, Seed has helped mobilize 191 US physicians, nurses, and midwives, who have trained over 13,700 health professionals.
http://seedglobalhealth.org/

About UNICEF
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
https://www.unicef.org/

About Takeda
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is a global, research and development-driven pharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to patients by translating science into life-changing medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on oncology, gastroenterology and neuroscience therapeutic areas, plus vaccines. Takeda conducts R&D both internally and with partners to stay at the leading edge of innovation. New innovative products, especially in oncology and gastroenterology, as well as Takeda’s presence in emerging markets, are currently fueling the growth of Takeda. Approximately 30,000 Takeda employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients, working with Takeda’s partners in health care all over the world. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com/newsroom/.

About Takeda’s CSR Activities
Takeda’s CSR work puts patients at the center through long-term investments in disease prevention, capacity building, and access to healthcare, together with the global community. Our role as a good corporate citizen is important to us; these activities, together with our business activities, represent our firm commitment to a sustainable society. For more information, visit https://www.takeda.com/corporate-responsibility/.

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