Save the Children
GSK Australia and Save the Children Australia have worked together to improve children's health across regions of Australia since 2007.
In 2013, this partnership grew when GSK announced an ambitious global partnership with Save the Children. Through our partnership we are committed to sharing our expertise and resources to make a lasting change for the world’s most vulnerable children.
Specifically, our work globally with Save the Children focuses 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
- increasing our investment in the training, reach and scope of health workers in the poorest communities to help reduce child mortality
- researching new affordable nutritional products to help alleviate malnutrition in children
A critical part to making this partnership a reality is generous and enthusiastic fundraising from GSK staff across the world.
In 2016 our 1,200 Australian and New Zealand employees raised almost $50,000. This money raised by employees is used by Save the Children Australia’s community based play-schemes in regional Victoria and NSW.
Every dollar raised by employees is matched by GSK to fund the partnership’s global healthcare programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya.
Read more about our global partnership with Save the Children and programs delivered in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya here.
Why are our scientists researching how to adapt an ingredient in mouthwash into a gel for newborn babies? Because studies have suggested that an ingredient in one of our mouthwash – chlorhexidine - could prevent up to 1 in 6 newborn deaths in low income countries.
Photographer Allan Gichigi/Save the Children
Every child has the right to a healthy, educated and safe future. Sadly, this is not the reality for all children. Some children drop out of school or have poor attendance because they don’t have the basic learning foundation to continue their education journey.
The Pacific Islands are synonymous with tropical beaches and romantic honeymoons, but this region is also the most disaster prone region in the world. That’s why, working together with Save the Children and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Australia, we’ve supported the establishment of a new Emergency Health Unit (EHU).
We provided almost $100,000 to support Save the Children's relief efforts following the trail of destruction left by Tropical Cyclone Pam.
Australian Lisa Bonadonna heads our ground-breaking global partnership with Save the Children, with the ambitious goal of helping to save the lives of one million children by sharing medical and humanitarian expertise.
At its peak, Tropical Cyclone Winston was estimated by the Fiji Met Service to have sustained winds of 230km/h, gusting to 325 km/h making it one of the most severe cyclones ever to hit the South Pacific. In some cases entire villages have been destroyed, leaving tens of thousands of people without food, water, and sanitation services. We responded by providing medicines < $350,000 to AmeriCares and Direct Relief and $30,000 provided to Save the Children to deploy specialist team.