Dementia Public-Private Partnership in India

Partnership objective

To increase opportunities for early disease detection, diagnosis and access to quality medical care.

Access is often impeded by poverty and insufficiencies in healthcare infrastructure. Access is often impeded by poverty and insufficiencies in healthcare infrastructure. Copyright Eisai

What are the health needs and challenges?

In India, there was little common understanding of dementia among the general population in 2005 when Eisai began its educational and awareness programs. Eisai has been working to raise awareness of dementia since then through support of memory clinics across India and development and distribution of educational materials. But more needs to be done to improve access to medicines for Indian dementia patients, including the provision of Eisai’s medicinal products at affordable prices.

Access is often impeded by poverty and insufficiencies in healthcare infrastructure. Despite the advancements in effective medical therapies, many people around the world continue to lack the ability to access essential healthcare and medicines. Improving access to medicines in such countries and regions are a global challenge that needs to be tackled by national governments, international organizations and pharmaceutical companies alike.

Description of partnership activities and how they address  needs and challenges

Through a public-private partnership (PPP), HelpAge India and Eisai aim at improving awareness and treatment of dementia in India. Eisai medications are also available at discounted prices. PPPs can make a contribution towards improving the quality of healthcare in emerging countries and regions by combining the resources of the multiple organizations in innovative ways.

Summary of impact and any forward looking information

A program in Mumbai was launched in 2014. This program will assess the sustainability of the new business model according to an evidence-based approach using a series of financial and public health indicators.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Eisai

Partner(s) HelpAge International

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Non-Communicable Diseases, Mental and Neurological Disorders

Disease(s) Dementia, Depression, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Neurological Disorders

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Differential Pricing, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

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

Region(s) South Asia

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) India

Start Date 2011

More information Press Release

Completed date 2015