Direct Relief to reduce neonatal mortality

Partnership objectives

The main goal of the partnership is to donate medication for the treatment and prevention of illnesses that result in neonatal mortality.

Reducing neonatal mortality is a UN priority and is included as a Sutainable Development Goal Reducing neonatal mortality is a UN priority and is included as a Sutainable Development Goal Copyright AbbVie

What are the health needs and challenges?

AbbVie collaborates with partners to build health system capacity and infrastructure to increase access to care globally. Reducing neonatal mortality is a UN priority and is included as a Sutainable Development Goal, aiming to end preventable deaths of newborns and children under the age of five by 2030. The governments of India, Jamaica, Paraguy and Honduras all have high-level commitments to address this issue. 

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

In 2015 AbbVie joined forces with Direct Relief to respond to the health objectives of India, Jamaica, Paraguy and Honduras. AbbVie donated 1000 bottles of medicine to hospitals in the above mentioned countries in order to help reduce neonatal mortality. As a result of this donation program, more than 1000 infants will receive treatment. 

In Cambodia, infant and under-five mortality rates are among the highest in Southeast Asia and is an issue that also needs to be tackled. AbbVie has donated medicines since 2006 to treat epilepsy and seizure disorders, thyroid issues and lower respiratory infections. In 2015, 16,000 doses of medicine were donated to treat epilepsy and seizure disorders. In addition to this, 5,300 bottles of antibiotics were donated for the treatment of lower respiratory infections. 

Partnership information

Company(ies) AbbVie

Partner(s) Direct Relief

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health, Non-Communicable Diseases, Mental and Neurological Disorders

Disease(s) Children's Health, Epilepsy, Respiratory Diseases

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Product Donations

Targeted Population(s) Children

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific, Latin America & Caribbean, South Asia

Number of Countries 5

Country(ies) Cambodia, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Paraguay

Start Date 2006

Anticipated completion date Ongoing