Daiichi Sankyo partners with Plan International

Partnership objectives

  1. Reduce child mortality
  2. Improve maternal health

Clinical training conducted as part of July 2015 training through cooperation with mother and child healthcare center of Kunming City, China. Clinical training conducted as part of July 2015 training through cooperation with mother and child healthcare center of Kunming City, China. Copyright Daiichi Sankyo

What are the health needs and challenges?

In China, the medical services available to children and mothers can vary greatly by region, and this situation has resulted in child mortality rates that are anywhere from two to five times higher in rural areas than in urban areas. Moreover, roughly 40% of children under the age of five in rural areas display stunted growth.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In July 2015, Daiichi Sankyo embarked on a project targeting approximately 60,000 households in six townships in Guangnan County, in the Yunnan province of China.  This area has a particularly high number of children suffering from developmental disorders.

Daiichi Sankyo is focusing on improving the health and nutrition among children aged five and under in this impoverished area through the improvement of the healthcare system.

To accomplish this goal, we are working to develop medical professionals in community healthcare through a series of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness strategy training (IMCI Training) sessions and by offering education to improve the capability of local pediatric care through the establishment of a community center.

The ultimate goal for this five year project is for better health for these children as well as their mothers, contributing to Access Accelerated’s mission of sustainably improving health.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

Over the last 12 months, 197 pediatricians, Maternal and Child Health (MCH) doctors and village health workers have been trained on “Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses (IMCI)" and their ability on treating common child illness and providing relevant guidance has been strengthened. More than 2800 children patients from rural and ethnic villages have been treated through the methodology of IMCI.

In Guangnan, 6 Community Child Development Networks (CCDN)  have been a platform to provide integrated early childhood development services for children in rural communities and managed by local volunteers that are adequately trained.

Note on Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI): refers to a Comprehensive approach developed by UNICEF and WHO for early detection and treatment of childhood illnesses. It emphasizes on prevention over illness and education of caregivers which is a key component, especially on the importance of micronutrients, breastfeeding, and immunizations.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Daiichi Sankyo

Partner(s) Plan International

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Children's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Differential Pricing, Availability of Treatment - Product Donations, Availability of Treatment - Technology Transfer - Scientific Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing, Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, Elderly, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Men, People with low income, Women, Youth

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) China

Start Date 2015

More information Mobile Healthcare Clinics Improving Access to Healthcare

Anticipated completion date Ongoing