Seven More Research Organizations Earn AAHRPP Accreditation, Including First in Thailand

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs today announced that it has accredited seven more organizations: four in the United States and three in Asia, including the first organization in Thailand.

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These latest accreditations—of health systems, academic medical centers, an independent institutional review board and a marrow donor program—reflect widespread appreciation of the value of AAHRPP accreditation, in virtually every sector of the research enterprise and every region of the globe.

The newly accredited organizations are:

  • Einstein Healthcare Network, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • China Medical University Hospital, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, Wisconsin
  • National Marrow Donor Program, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Pearl IRB, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India

“Throughout the research enterprise, organizations have come to recognize that one of the most effective ways to safeguard research participants is to have one standard worldwide for research protections,” AAHRPP President and CEO Elyse Summers said. “With more than 200 AAHRPP accredited organizations—and many more working currently to achieve AAHRPP accreditation —it is clear that AAHRPP has set that global standard.”

To earn AAHRPP accreditation, organizations must demonstrate that they have built extensive safeguards into every level of their research operation and that they adhere to high standards for research. In today’s global, collaborative research enterprise, organizations increasingly rely on AAHRPP accreditation status to help identify trusted research partners.

To date, AAHRPP has accredited organizations in 46 states, Canada, China, India, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. All major U.S. independent institutional review boards have earned AAHRPP accreditation. In addition, more than 60 percent of U.S. research-intensive universities and over 65 percent of U.S. medical schools are either AAHRPP accredited or have begun the accreditation process. The National Institutes of Health, the world’s largest public funder of research, has earned accreditation, as has Pfizer, Inc., the largest industry sponsor of clinical research.

About AAHRPP: A nonprofit organization, AAHRPP provides accreditation for organizations that conduct or review human research and can demonstrate that their protections exceed the safeguards required by the U.S. government. To learn more, visit

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International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women & Girls

UN and the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) commemorate the International Day for the Elimination Violence against Women and Girls with focus on Ending Family Violence & Making it everyone responsibility

BEIJING, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As the world marks the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, the UN System in China joins the Government of China in calling for everyone to work together to address the scourge of domestic violence in families.

Domestic violence continues to be a global pandemic, with up to 70 per cent of women experiencing violence in their lifetime. This year the focus will also be on the impact of violence within the family, especially on children, who often bear the brunt of being exposed as well as victims of domestic violence. 

In China, once considered a “family matter”, the issue of domestic violence has received growing attention, especially given increased media reporting on individual cases. Evidence clearly demonstrates that domestic violence can have a devastating impact in the family. Violence against women and girls is rooted in and reproduces power imbalances between women and men in family and society.

Anyone may be a victim of domestic violence, but some groups are more vulnerable including women, children, persons with disabilities and the elderly. Collectively, domestic violence and abuse of women, children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities committed by intimate partners and/or caregivers in the home is defined as family violence. Children who grow up witnessing and experiencing violence can perpetuate this cycle when they become adults.

“Violence within a family has terrible consequences not just for those individuals, but also on the larger community and within society as a whole. Global evidence clearly demonstrates the impact of domestic violence can have major financial, social and emotional costs that can lead to long term damage,” said Alain Noudehou, the UN Resident Coordinator in China . “Yet we know that violence within a family can be prevented. By changing social norms and ending gender discrimination, to empowering families with better coping strategies to manage daily pressures, to making sure we have strong laws and protection mechanisms, we can address it, if all stakeholders are engaged.”

Currently, 125 countries around the world have laws that criminalize various forms of family violence. In China, the Family Violence Law, which has been drafted and awaiting final passage through the National People’s Congress, would provide comprehensive national legislation on family violence.

The UN Inter-Agency Task Force, which was set up in May 2012, has been working with the Government of China on the drafting of the legislation that intends to provide comprehensive protection for all forms of family violence, including all forms of physical, mental, and sexual abuse or neglect within a family. Technical assistance from within the UN and global experts has focused on how to include protection and assistance to survivors, to punish and rehabilitate perpetrators, as well as highlight the different practices countries have adopted to ensure the respect, protection and fulfillment of the rights of survivors of family violence in national court proceedings and the ensuing rehabilitation and integration services. 

The International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women (EVAW) held every year on the 25th November and first adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1999, is a day for everyone to work together in a concerted manner to raise awareness, challenge cultural norms that harm women and children, provide support for violence survivors, and advocate for the adoption and implementation of comprehensive laws to protect them.

To commemorate the day, the All China Women’s Federation, (ACWF), in partnership with the UN Inter Agency Task Force against Family Violence, will host a special media event with experts that will seek to highlight the situation in China, and build momentum to prevent it.  

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Chen Kun Urges Everyone to Join the Campaign to “Make the Invisible Visible” by Ending Violence Against Children

BEIJING, Nov. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, UNICEF Ambassador Chen Kun added his voice to call for an end to violence against children. In a short film, the well-known and respected actor, urges everyone to act to “make the invisible, visible” and to put an end to violence against children that has a detrimental impact on their development and well-being.

In China, like in other countries, violence against children remains a problem deeply rooted in culture and widely accepted by society. Tradition holds that whatever happens within the home is a family matter, and not necessarily the responsibility of society at large or the Government. This leads to the phenomenon that when domestic violence is committed many cases are not identified and go unreported leaving children without any support.

“For a long time in China, children have been treated like private property. People think that to beat or curse children is not family violence. This concept has led us to hurt our children.” Chen Kun reflected, “I hope people can join us to carry on the campaign of making the invisible visible.”

The film, which focuses on family violence, was made as part of a visit to Tianjin with the All China Women’s Federation (ACWF), who have been working with UNICEF to develop community based services and policies to address violence against children.  

Global evidence has demonstrated that violence against children can have long term and lasting effects on a childs emotional and social development, and can also lead to them becoming future victims or acting violently themselves as adults thereby perpetuating the cycle of violence.

“Ending violence against children is an ethical imperative, but it also makes economic sense. Besides its impact on child victims and their families, violence has far-reaching costs for society: around the world it is diverting billions of dollars from social spending, slowing economic development; eroding human and social capital; and severely limiting children from reaching their full potential resulting in huge losses to society. However, violence against children is not inevitable and can be prevented,” said Tim Sutton, UNICEF Deputy Representative at an event hosted by the UN System in China and ACWF to commemorate this year’s International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women and Girls.

A recent study estimates that the global economic impacts and costs resulting from the consequences of physical, psychological and sexual violence against children can be as high as US$7 trillion or 8% of global GDP (*). A similar study mentions that for every dollar spent on eliminating severe physical violence as a method of child discipline there will be a benefit of USD 11. [i]

Currently, in China, there is a lack of comprehensive data on violence against children that in turn has made it more difficult to determine the scale of the problem and design an effective and comprehensive response. This is compounded by the lack of an integrated national child protection system that can help identify children and families at risk, and intervene with services to prevent and respond to violence, often made worse by stress and economic pressures.

As part of the End Violence Against Children global initiative, UNICEF globally, has identified six key strategies of what worksto prevent and respond to violence against children, that countries can implement to realize their commitment to eliminate violence against children.

  • Supporting parents, caregivers and families
    Educating families, caregivers and parents on their child¡¯s early development increases the likelihood that they will use positive disciplining methods. This reduces the risk of violence within the home.
  • Helping children and adolescents manage risks and challenges
    Giving children and adolescents the skills to cope and manage risks and challenges without the use of violence and to seek appropriate support when violence does occur is crucial for reducing violence in schools and communities.
  • Changing attitudes and social norms that encourage violence and discrimination
    Changing the attitudes and social norms that hide violence in plain sight is the surest way to prevent violence from occurring in the first place.
  • Promoting and providing support services for children
    Encouraging children to seek quality professional support and report incidents of violence helps them to better cope with and resolve experiences of violence.
  • Implementing laws and policies that protect children
    Implementing and enforcing laws and policies that protect children sends a strong message to society that violence is unacceptable and will be punished.
  • Carrying out data collection and research
    Knowing about violence – where it occurs, in what forms, and which age groups and communities of children are most affected – is essential to planning and designing intervention strategies, and setting numerical and time-bound targets to monitor progress and end violence.

In China, as a member of the UN Task Force on Family Violence Law, UNICEF is advocating for a comprehensive set of measures to protect children against violence within the family and also to provide a comprehensive response to victims of abuse. It hopes that these recommendations will be reflected in the national Family Violence Law that is currently under review.

UNICEF is also working with the ACWF and other partners to strengthen community based services including by developing the capacity of families and communities themselves as well as different experts in the judiciary, family and child welfare and health care systems to better identify children at risk of abuse or children who have been abused and referring them and their families to appropriate services.

As part of this support to ACWF, a national anti-family violence hotline s that is now operating in 2,800 counties and a Community Response Toolkit on addressing Violence Against Children are available that contribute to the prevention and response to violence against children, thereby strengthening the quality of and demand for child protection services.

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The costs and economic impact of violence, Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and ChildFund Alliance, 2014


Anke Hoeffler and James Fearon, Copenhagen Consensus Center, The benefits and costs of the conflict and violence targets for the post-2015 development agenda, 2014

Twenty Five Years On, the Convention on Rights of Child Remains Critical to Improve the Lives of Millions of Children

On the 25th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, millions of children still need

BEIJING, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As the world celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF urges renewed commitment to make sure every child has their right to survival, development, protection and participation protected.

The first international treaty to articulate the entire complement of rights — economic, social, cultural, civil and political — relevant to children, the Convention is legally binding on all countries that have ratified it, and with its 194 State parties, it is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.

The lives of millions of children have improved since 1990, when the Convention took global affect. Countries have incorporated the provisions of the Convention in their laws, constitutions, policies and budgets. Children are now widely viewed differently — as holders of their own rights to health care, adequate nutrition, education, participation, freedom from violence and exploitation, and the time and space to play.

Since China ratified the Convention in 1992, there has been a dramatic reduction in poverty, with 605 million people lifted out of poverty between 1990 and 2011 as defined by the World Bank $1.25 standard. Under-five mortality was reduced by 80% between 1991 and 2013. While primary school enrolment is at almost 100 per cent for both boys and girls.

Despite this remarkable progress, there are still millions of children who are missing out on their fundamental rights and access to basic services, especially those in poor, remote and ethnic minority areas. The number of people living in poverty remains high at 82 million in rural China. Poverty disproportionately affects children: roughly 10% of China’s child population lives in poverty, while 25% of children (approx. 70 million) live in one of China’s 828 designated poverty counties.

“As we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the results it has helped bring about for children, we must remember that by meeting our obligations under the Convention, we build the foundation of a strong as well as a just society,” said Gillian Mellsop, UNICEF China Representative. “We must also continue our work for universal implementation of the Convention, making the right of the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and excluded children to health, education, protection and equal opportunity a central public priority.”

China is making enormous progress for children — but for this progress to be sustained, it must reach every single child, especially the most vulnerable and the hardest to reach.

As part of its international obligation, China submitted its combined Third and Fourth State Party report on CRC implementation to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2010. In 2013, the Committee reviewed the report making a number of recommendations. These included:

  • To make sure there is better disaggregated data on children publically available and gathered through the official statistical system, as well as to include more international standards and indicators for surveys and data collection linked to children.
  • To focus on gender issues related especially to equality in access to health, education, as well as address negative social norms linked to girls.
  • To preserve the languages, cultures and traditions of ethnic minority children and strengthen their participation and local engagement.
  • To improve and address the legal status for migrant children and to address discrimination that impacts on their de facto lack of access to public education and health services.
  • To adopt a multidimensional set of criteria for accessing child poverty and that poverty be recognized as both a rural and urban phenomenon in China.
  • To seek to expand and build a community based welfare system that meets the needs of vulnerable children in their communities.

In China, an innovative social media campaign under the theme Please listen to me” was launched today to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention. The campaign aims to remind the public of the basic rights entitled to every child and inspire a nationwide discussion about the urgency of ensuring all children enjoy the same rights and achieve their full potential.

“I hope every parent can listen to children’s voice carefully,” said Chen Kun, UNICEF Ambassador for China. “Their views should be well respected.”

As part of the campaign, UNICEF also premiered the first children’s Chinese version of 
Imagine,” a world well-known song originated by John Lennon. This year the song was dedicated to UNICEF in advocating for child rights around the world.

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IKEA Foundation Contributes US$31.5 Million to UNICEF to Help Advance Children’s Rights

NEW YORK and LEIDEN, Nov. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — To mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, IKEA Foundation is boosting its commitment to children with six new grants to UNICEF, amounting to US$31.5 million (€24.9 million).

The new grants will focus on reaching the most marginalized and disadvantaged children living in poor communities and in strengthening UNICEF’s response in emergency and conflict situations.

Five of the IKEA Foundation grants will support UNICEF programmes in Afghanistan, China, India, Pakistan, and Rwanda. The new grants will focus on early childhood development, child protection, education, and helping adolescents to improve their lives and strengthen their communities.

A sixth grant will enable UNICEF to develop information management tools to strengthen emergency response and monitoring.

“UNICEF’s partnership with IKEA Foundation has helped advance the rights and improve the lives of children growing up in some of the world’s most difficult places,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “We are grateful to the Foundation and look forward to continuing our work together to reach the children we have not yet reached, and to put equity and children’s rights at the centre of an agenda of action for all children.” 

Since the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989, there has been tremendous progress for children. A baby born in 2014 has a much better chance of surviving beyond the age of five. Children today are far likelier to go to primary school than they were in 1989. The number of children aged 5-17 involved in child labour has declined by almost one third since 2000. Yet too many children have not benefitted from this progress.

IKEA Foundation CEO Per Heggenes said, “We are very proud of our longstanding partnership with UNICEF, helping to develop new approaches leading to improved lives for millions of vulnerable children around the world. These new grants will ensure this work continues, helping even more young adolescents, children and families enjoy their basic rights.”

IKEA Foundation is UNICEF’s largest private sector donor. Over the last decade, this partnership has helped promote the rights of millions of children to survival, education and protection in Africa and Asia.

IKEA Foundation’s six grants to UNICEF are:

  • Empowering thousands of adolescents in Afghanistan, India and Pakistan (US$16.1 million or €12.9 million) to take responsibility over decisions impacting their lives and their societies
  • Investing in family- and community-centred services in Rwanda to provide better care for children (nearly US$5.5 million or €4.6 million)
  • Providing thousands of vulnerable children with early childhood development and education in China (US$3.75 million or €3 million)
  • Protecting children from violence, abuse, exploitation and unnecessary family separation in Jammu/Kashmir, India (US$ 2.5 million or €2 million)
  • Improving the welfare of orphans and other vulnerable children in rural communities of China (US$1.87 million or €1.5 million)
  • Strengthening UNICEF’s humanitarian response and monitoring through better data collection, sharing, analysis, management and reporting (US$1.11 million or €886,402).


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. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

About the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child explicitly recognizes the universal rights of all children. It is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history and has inspired changes in laws and practice that have improved the lives of millions of children in every region of the world.

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The IKEA Foundation aims to improve opportunities for children and youth in the world’s poorest communities by funding holistic, long-term programmes that can create substantial, lasting change. The Foundation works with strong strategic partners applying innovative approaches to achieve large-scale results in four fundamental areas of a child’s life: a place to call home; a healthy start in life; a quality education; and sustainable family income. Currently funded programmes will benefit an estimated 100 million children by 2015. Learn more at and

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Boston-Based Partners HealthCare and Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital to Co-Develop a State-of-the-Art Tertiary Level Care Center

BOSTON, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Partners HealthCare International® (PHI), the global arm of Partners HealthCare, formally announced a collaborative partnership with Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital Ltd. (SJIH), to expand an ongoing consulting relationship that began in 2011. SJIH will be a new and innovative model of health care in China that is centered on family, community, and a stronger connection between the patient and the caregiver. With the development of SJIH, both organizations aim to define a new standard in high quality health care as yet unrealized in China, making the future of health care a reality today for its citizens.

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“This partnership demonstrates what is possible when organizations come together to meet a common goal. PHI’s mission is to effect transformative, sustainable improvements in health care for people worldwide. The people of China are global consumers and they are seeking the best health care available. They want quality, they want services, and they want the best physicians – Jiahui International Hospital will establish a new standard of care. Our combined efforts will make exceptional health care both accessible and attainable,” said Partners HealthCare International CEO and President, Gilbert Mudge, M.D.

The China health care market has faced many challenges, including overcrowded hospitals, an underdeveloped primary health care system, and a shortage of trained physicians and other clinical staff, all of which has led to growing dissatisfaction among consumers. In 2010 China began the transition from a predominantly government-run public health care system to one that is now decentralized and open to private and foreign investment, thus setting the stage for a private, international hospital like SJIH. Centrally located in the Xuhui District of Shanghai, Jiahui International Hospital is a 100 percent privately, foreign-majority owned tertiary level hospital based on international standards.

“We want to improve health care in China by creating a high-quality alternative health care system,” said Feng Ge, SJIH. “Most people in China have only experienced public hospitals. No other health care experience in China can compare to Jiahui International Hospital.” According to Ge, Chinese culture is at the root of work being done at Jiahui. “We are developing an ‘ecosystem’ with the patient at its core. It is a very simple but powerful principle.” From design to operation, Jiahui aims to employ the best practices to become an internationally recognized leading medical institution in China, providing high-quality, patient-centric, and integrated healthcare services, as well as professional training and clinical research.

To achieve their vision, SJIH’s team of expert healthcare professionals established a multi-year partnership with Partners HealthCare International. PHI’s founding members, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) are the two largest Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals, and are consistently ranked in the top 10 on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Hospitals. In its work with SJIH, PHI leverages the vast knowledge available throughout the Partners HealthCare network which includes unmatched capabilities in oncology, neurosurgery, cardiovascular disease, cutting-edge radiation therapy, women’s health, and orthopedics. Initial work with the team has focused on hospital planning, innovative models of care delivery, and recruitment and staffing models that will support attracting top clinicians.

On October 21st, SJIH signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MGH, under which the MGH Cancer Center (MGHCC) will collaborate with SJIH to co-develop a center of excellence in breast cancer. The program will adopt MGHCC’s patient-focused multidisciplinary approach to address the needs of Chinese breast cancer patients and their families. The SJIH team is also exploring additional potential clinical affiliations with Partners-member hospitals.

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About Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital (SJIH)
Shanghai Jiahui International Hospital is a foreign-majority-owned for-profit general hospital being developed in Shanghai. It was approved by China’s Ministry of Health (“MOH”) and Shanghai Municipal Government in April 2011 and has China’s first international general hospital license granted by the MOH. The hospital is conveniently located within the city center of Shanghai in Xuhui District with approved tertiary care capacity of 500 licensed beds.

About Partners HealthCare International
Partners HealthCare International (PHI) is the global arm of Partners HealthCare, one of the leading not-for-profit health care systems in the U.S. Founded in 1997, PHI is dedicated to advancing the Partners HealthCare mission worldwide through collaborations and partnerships designed to expand a global client’s capacity to deliver high quality health care. Partners was founded in 1994 by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, the two oldest and largest teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School, and includes community and specialty hospitals, a managed care organization, a physician network, community health centers, home care and other health-related entities. Partners’ five top-ranked hospitals comprise part of the health care system, and all are recognized by the 2014 – 2015 U.S. News and World Report. To learn more about PHI and how we are extending the capabilities of healthcare systems in China, India, Japan, the Middle East, as well as our commitment to international markets beyond, please visit

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Paul G. Allen Announces New Humanitarian Grants to Meet Real-Time Needs in Ebola-Stricken West Africa

– Support Will Provide Critical Basic Needs and Essential Infrastructure; Action Against Hunger, AmeriCares and Direct Relief to Receive Portion of Allen’s $100 Million Commitment

SEATTLE, Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Philanthropist Paul G. Allen today announced new grants to provide immediate humanitarian relief to address basic human needs that are being threatened by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Beginning today, these grants will enable aid organizations to provide food, supplies and prevention kits and rebuild local treatment centers in Ebola-stricken areas.

Last month, Mr. Allen announced he is increasing his commitment to fight Ebola to at least $100 million. With these latest grants, more than half of Mr. Allen’s $100 million pledge has now been committed to projects dedicated to preventing, containing, treating and addressing the effects of Ebola.

Mr. Allen’s new commitments to humanitarian efforts are:

  • A $1.9 million grant to Action Against Hunger, to provide food for isolated patients, construct water kiosks and hand washing stations, improve Ebola prevention awareness, and train community health volunteers. Among the specific results of this grant will be the building of 20 water kiosks in at-risk communities in Sierra Leone; the distribution of hand washing basins, soaps and chlorine to 60 community public spaces in Liberia; and the sharing of 1,600 Information Education and Communication materials in 80 Liberian communities and 60 institutions.
  • A $1.35 million grant to AmeriCares, to provide additional supplies and services to under-resourced clinics to improve the county health system in Grand Bassa County in Liberia. Specifically, the grant will allow for the provision of personal protective equipment throughout the most affected countries, as well as stronger communication among local clinics and care centers, and Ebola training and capacity building for local health care workers. This work will allow the central hub for Grand Bassa to plug in to Ebola Treatment Units and county health systems in four neighboring counties and provide technical assistance for similar interventions.
  • A $1 million grant to Direct Relief, to support the continued delivery by Direct Relief of medical supplies and logistical support on the ground in Ebola-affected West African nations. To date, Direct Relief has sent 140 tons of medical materials via airlifts and ocean freight containers.

Mr. Allen’s support will ensure protection of medical professionals in the field through the provision of medicines, preventive supplies, and personal protective equipment, provide transportation of medical supplies from healthcare supply manufacturers to Africa, and assist in the setup of an end-to-end coordinated procurement and supply distribution system to guarantee efficient distribution of medical supplies to limit the spread of Ebola. Supplies will be distributed to four partner organizations working in 47 primary health and Ebola treatment centers in Liberia and Sierra Leone. These supplies will also support the work of 800 community health workers in 500 villages in both countries and allow them to do their jobs safely without fear of catching the disease.

To date, more than half of Mr. Allen’s $100 million pledge has been allocated to the fight against Ebola. These funds have enabled:

  • The delivery of 60,000 protection kits to West Africa.
  • More than 8,500 people trained to help.
  • Nearly 200,000 pounds of supplies sent.
  • Approximately 250 healthcare clinics to be supported.
  • Twenty aid flights, to deliver needed equipment and supplies, scheduled to take place by the end of 2014.
  • Three emergency operations facilities under construction and to be staffed.

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“The effects of Ebola extend well beyond those infected,” said Mr. Allen. “The side effect is depriving people of basic human needs. These grants will enable the people of West Africa to quickly receive essential care and supplies they need to get through this crisis.”

“Action Against Hunger is working closely with health and aid agencies in Sierra Leone and Liberia to stop the spread of Ebola,” said Andrea Tamburini, CEO of Action Against Hunger. “Support from Mr. Allen ensures the lifesaving work of educating communities about the virus, improving water conditions in health facilities, training community health workers on how to detect and refer suspected Ebola patients, and building the capacity to respond will continue.”

“The best way to halt the epidemic is to support frontline health workers in West Africa, and Mr. Allen has taken a real leadership role in that regard,” said AmeriCares President and CEO Michael J. Nyenhuis. “With the foundation’s support AmeriCares will make lasting change in health care delivery and restore confidence for patients and health workers.”

“Direct Relief’s longstanding partners in Liberia and Sierra Leone are working heroically to combat Ebola while maintaining essential health services for everything and everyone else,” said Thomas Tighe, CEO of Direct Relief. “This support from Mr. Allen is essential to Direct Relief’s collaborative efforts to meet the vastly expanded, urgent need for critical supplies necessary to contain and treat those sickened by the virus – and address its shattering ripple effects on the broader health system.”

Mr. Allen’s Contributions to Date:

From the early days of the outbreak, Mr. Allen and the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation have focused on finding, funding and coordinating strategic solutions that address the most critical needs and can be deployed quickly. Mr. Allen has also created to provide an easy way for individuals to contribute to specific organizations and fund critical response needs. To date, Mr. Allen has committed funding towards implementing the following solutions:

  • A contribution to the American Red Cross to fund equipment, volunteers and educational materials in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. (August 2014)
  • A matching grant to Global Giving, which more than 700 donors doubled in only four days. Ten groups received funding to distribute sanitation supplies, conduct training sessions and produce public service announcements. (August 2014)
  • A partnership with UNICEF to airlift 50,000 protection kits into Liberia. (September 2014)
  • A partnership with Airlink to execute a continuous air bridge to deliver critically needed medical protective gear and pharmaceuticals. (September 2014)
  • A grant to the CDC Foundation to establish CDC emergency operations centers in the most-affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. These centers are helping to develop a systematic response with improved data management and communication systems for disease and patient contact tracing, which will ultimately help to detect and stop the disease from spreading. (September 2014)
  • Funding to Medical Teams International (MTI) to help provide infrastructure, housing and transportation needs for MTI’s staff in Liberia. (September 2014)
  • A partnership with Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres to support their existing Ebola emergency programs in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. (September 2014)
  • A grant to BBC Media Action to support education and communications programs in the affected countries aimed at increasing public knowledge and awareness, supporting the government in responding to the crisis and instilling safer health practices among local audiences. (October 2014)
  • The establishment of the Ebola Medevac Fund to fund and develop two Medevac containment units that can be used to safely evacuate medical professionals from West Africa. (October 2014)
  • A partnership with University of Massachusetts Medical School to help provide training, medical workers, and lab equipment for relief efforts in Liberia. (October 2014)

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Changing Tomorrow Day 2014 Marks Astellas’ Fifth Annual Global Service Initiative

– More than 6,000 employees worldwide have already completed over 13,000 hours of volunteer service in their communities

TOKYO, Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Astellas Pharma Inc. (headquarters: Tokyo; president & CEO: Yoshihiko Hatanaka) announced for the fifth consecutive year, Astellas Group’s global volunteer initiative known as Changing Tomorrow Day that will engage its employees worldwide to enhance the sustainability of society through participation in local volunteer activities through March 2015. Today, Ken Jones, Astellas Pharma EMEA president and CEO, along with local employees, will teach healthy cooking classes at a school in Staines, England for the fourth straight year. The healthy cooking class is for children aged 5-7 and is designed to engage their minds and taste buds on the importance of nutritious meals. Astellas also financially supports the school’s nutritious eating cooking club for families.

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As of Nov. 4, more than 6,000 employees across Japan, Asia/Oceania, the Americas and Europe have completed over 13,000 hours of service at hundreds of locations such as hospitals, family shelters, parks, food banks, elderly care facilities, community centers and schools where they engaged in projects to support the themes of health and the environment.

Dr. Kenji Yasukawa, senior vice president, chief strategy officer, chairman of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) committee at Astellas, said, “Astellas is proud to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of Changing Tomorrow Day as we encourage our employees to provide support and contribute to the sustainable development of society and local communities to which we belong. As a good corporate citizen, Astellas will continue to actively engage in initiatives to support the health of people around the world.”

Below are examples of initiatives already completed:

  • Astellas Korea Pharma, Inc. kicked off this year’s activities on April 1 by returning to Yangjae Citizens’ Park in Seoul with its 263 employees to clean up debris and leaves.
  • On June 11, almost 1,400 Astellas Pharma US employees painted, built furniture and improved the grounds at Give Kids the World: a 70-acre resort in Florida that provides free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. See press release.
  • In Europe, between the months of June and September, more than 100 employees organized sports days with local schools leading children in exercises to promote healthy, holistic development.
  • On July 14, employees in Saitama, Japan removed foreign plants from Kamitani-numa pond to conserve its biodiversity and help sustain the environment for Yoshikiri: a small bird that nests in the reed.
  • Despite extreme heat, on Aug. 1, a total of 291 employees in Tokyo performed their annual community street clean up and expanded to new areas around popular historical sites in Nihonbashi. The group collected an impressive 69.4 kg of waste.
  • On Sept. 12, more than 400 employees near the US headquarters participated in the transformation of Dunning Read Conservation Area in Chicago. Employees removed invasive plants, planted trees, reinforced the walking trail, created artwork and began the construction of an outdoor shelter. Simultaneously, 114 employees throughout Brazil completed activities at 17 locations, including donating health supplies, visiting the elderly and people with physical challenges, general maintenance of facilities and leading activities for kids.
  • On Sept. 19, students and teachers in Beijing visited the Astellas Pharma China office for “Job Shadow Day” where a team of employees provided the young students an up-close demonstration of how skills learned in school translate to the workplace.
  • Over 100 employees across Canada gathered on Sept. 29 to volunteer at food banks, paint community centers, clean up parks and serve warm meals to disadvantaged youth and homeless families.

On Oct. 28, 2014, the Changing Tomorrow Day volunteering initiative received a Silver award for ‘Best community involvement during a CSR program’ at the United Kingdom’s Corporate Engagement Awards.

About Astellas
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