Message from Stefan Oschmann, Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
We at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany are truly committed to making a difference through our efforts to promote innovative access to health in low- and middle-income countries. Access to Health (A2H) is a cross-divisional platform through which we work holistically to overcome access barriers in a sustainable manner.
An estimated 1.3 billion people have no access to effective and affordable health care. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), developing countries bear 93% of the world’s disease burden, yet account for only 18% of world income and 11% of global health spending. Providing access to health in these countries is a complex challenge*. Improving access involves researching, developing and refining health solutions, creating efficient health systems and distribution channels, offering products at affordable prices and empowering health workers and patients. All health stakeholders, both public and private, must pool their efforts to overcome health access barriers.
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany is committed to improving the health of underserved populations, who lack access to health solutions including prevention, diagnostics and treatments. We are a leading company for innovative and top-quality high-tech products. As the oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company in the world, founded in 1668, we have developed countless innovations that improve people’s lives across the world, regardless of their ability to pay or geographic location.