Healthcare Access Program

Partnership objectives

  1. More nutritious diets for children (China)
  2. Community-led total sanitation to create open defecation-free villages (Indonesia)
  3. Healthcare support for children (Philippines)
  4. Prevention of spreading of HIV/AIDS among young people (Thailand)

The program is providing support for improved access to healthcare services for children in China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. The program is providing support for improved access to healthcare services for children in China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Copyright Plan Japan

What are the health needs and challenges?

Improving and maintaining the health of children in low and middle income countries requires measures that match the differing needs of each region in such areas as public hygiene, nutritional improvement, healthcare support and awareness-raising for disease prevention.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The Takeda-Plan Healthcare Access Program was established in 2009 in collaboration with Plan Japan. The program supports detailed initiatives to improve access to healthcare services for children in four Asian countries: China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Takeda representative visited all program sites in the all countries and engaged in dialogue with several stakeholders to find ways to improve the program. The four individual projects that are being implemented based on the Takeda-Plan program conform to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were adopted in 2000.

Activities in Thailand: A major health issue in Thailand is that most new cases of HIV infection are among young people. The project conducts health education activities at 17 schools (public and private) to try to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Activities in the Philippines: Targeting regions lacking healthcare support infrastructure, the project provides monetary support for hospitalization, treatment and the purchase of medications and also provides medical equipment.

Activities in China: Malnutrition is widespread in children in certain rural parts of China. The project includes nutrition education activities in four schools (with 5,900 students in total) and distributes free food supplies.

Activities in Indonesia: Many children in Indonesia die from diarrhea-type diseases. The program targets five villages each year promoting activities aimed at eliminating the unhygienic habit of defecation outdoors.

Lessons learned

Improving and maintaining the health of children in coutnries countries requires measures that match the differing needs of each region.

Summary of impact and forward looking information

This program achieved steady progress with expansion of geographical coverage and an increase in the total number of children who gained access to healthcare.

Thailand: Comprehensive sexuality education has been provided to a total of 8,420 people at 16 schools, including students, teachers, and guardians, as part of the regular curriculum or extra-curricular programs. A student representative group was formed to increase awareness of comprehensive sexuality education within school (80 individuals at 1 school). Through regional awareness-raising activities, knowledge was disseminated to people other than just students and school personnel

Philippines: The initiative conducted consultations, treatment, hospitalization, and surgery (78 individuals) and supplied assistive medical equipment  to 28 individuals. Village councils approved financial support for part of the transportation expenses of children from villages to hospitals, as well as part of the transportation expenses for the children’s parents and relatives.

China: Takeda and Plan Japan supplied nutrition booklets for students and instructors (12,300 copies), food materials (for a total of about 5,900 students at 4 schools) and conducted awareness-raising activities through essay writing contests led by a Children’s Committee (for 3,400 individuals at 3 schools). About 65% of all the children said that they have started to give more thought to nutrition when choosing snacks.

Indonesia: The program achieved collaboration with governments, including prefectural governments, to support sanitation improvement program teams. Eleven out of 15 villages achieved open defecation-free villages within one year of implementation. The number of diarrhea patients at clinics decreased by about 90%.

Partnership information

Company(ies) Takeda

Partner(s) Chinese Ministry of Health, Indonesia Ministry of Health, Local hospitals & health centers & patient groups, Philippines Department of Health, Plan International, Thailand Ministry of Public Health

Type of Partner(s) Academia / Hospitals, Government, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health, Other, Infectious Diseases

Disease(s) Children's Health, General Health, HIV/AIDS, Malnutrition

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Product Donations, Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach

Targeted Population(s) Children, General population, Mothers, People with low income

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 4

Country(ies) China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand

Start Date 2009

More information Takeda Access to Healthcare

Completed date 2014