Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Protecting small children from schistosomiasis

While our well-tolerated active ingredient praziquantel can be used to treat all forms of schistosomiasis, it is not yet possible to treat children under the age of six. Within the Pediatric Praziquantel Consortium, a public-private partnership we helped co-found, we are working to alleviate this situation.

Consolidating knowledge to improve health

The WIPO Re:Search consortium catalyzes the development of new health solutions for people suffering from neglected tropical diseases, malaria and tuberculosis. As a member of this United Nations platform, we are sharing our knowledge and expertise to help improve the health of people in developing health systems.

Increasing health awareness

Through the Suswastha project, we are educating rural populations in India on everyday heath issues such as coughs and diarrhea while also teaching effective prevention. Combined with free health screening and advanced training for local physicians, our efforts seek to improve the general health of people within local communities.

Reaching remote villages by boat

Only reachable by water: In the state of Madhya Pradesh, India, the River Ambulance offers primary healthcare to the people living along the remote banks of the Narmada River, located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, India. We are supporting the River Ambulance, a project initiated by the NGO Narmada Samagra, and even donated a new boat at the beginning of 2016.

Dialogue – Joining forces to achieve more

It takes a team effort to build sustainable access to high-quality health solutions, which is why we engage our stakeholders at the global, national and local level. Our goal? To meet the needs of patients in underserved regions.

Access to health

Roughly 1.3 billion people currently lack access to effective and affordable healthcare. Spotlight on developing health systems: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these countries bear 93% of the world’s disease burden, yet account for only 18% of world income and 11% of global health spending.
Industry is particularly obliged to help rectify this situation by researching, developing and refining new health solutions. But efficient health systems and distribution channels are also needed, as are affordable health products, trained medical professionals, and informed patients. 
Through programs and initiatives targeted to individual needs, we are working to help populations who lack access to diagnostics, treatment, and prevention methods. Beyond these efforts, we also foster a dialogue between various stakeholders in the health sector – for only by joining forces can we overcome these challenges.


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Using nutshells for climate impact mitigation

In November 2014, cashew and coconut shells ushered in a green era at our company production site in Goa in western India. This waste material generates climate-neutral electricity.

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Sweating for the rainforest

Employees of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, have been helping to conserve the rainforest in Thailand for many years now. Recently, almost 300 volunteers planted 10,000 trees in a single day.

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