Save the Children Community Partnerships

Partnership objectives

Save the Children is GSK’s partner of choice for community program delivery. All programs focus on health infrastructure, increasing access to healthcare and/or health education in underserved communities.

GSK programs with Save the Children aim to improve access to quality healthcare for the most underserved, whilst building long-term, sustainable solutions. GSK programs with Save the Children aim to improve access to quality healthcare for the most underserved, whilst building long-term, sustainable solutions. Copyright GSK

What are the health needs and challenges?

All programs address health infrastructure, access and education needs in countries in Africa, Asia, South and Central America and Europe. Focus tends to be on women and children as there are the most vulnerable groups. Specific health needs are:

  • Family planning
  • Ante and post-natal care
  • Malnutrition
  • Child vaccinations
  • Non communicable diseases (Asthma, COPD, diabetes, heart disease, cancer)
  • Communicable diseases (e.g. NTD’s including malaria, cholera)
  • Support for refugee communities.

Access to quality healthcare in underserved communities remains a key challenge globally. GSK programs with Save the Children aim to improve access to quality healthcare for the most underserved, whilst building a long-term, sustainable solution through educating communities on preventative health and accessing the health system, capacity building and advocacy.

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Specific areas of focus are: training frontline health workers on basic preventative health education and treatments, working with communities to support them in health education and accessing the health system, developing child-friendly medicines, and advocacy for local, regional and national investment in health infrastructure and capacity building.

GSK and Save the Children are increasing access to lifesaving healthcare and improved sanitation facilities on remote islands in the Fatick region of Senegal. The project has provided health facilities with essential medical equipment and is building the capacity of community-level health workers in Fatick, supporting them to deliver improved maternal and child health care services, mobilise communities and deliver awareness-raising activities. The project is also supporting activities to achieve adequate coverage of water and sanitation facilities and improved hygiene awareness in the area to reduce the spread of water-borne and diarrhoeal diseases. More widely, the project involves advocacy at a national, regional and local level, aiming to influence policy change that will lead to greater numbers of properly trained, equipped and supported frontline health workers. Since 2012 GSK has committed over £600,000 to support this programme.

Partnership information

Company(ies) GlaxoSmithKline

Partner(s) Save the Children

Type of Partner(s) NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Infectious Diseases, Non-Communicable Diseases, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Women and Children's Health, Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Disease(s) Asthma, Buruli Ulcer, Cancer, Cardiovascular Diseases, Chagas Disease, Children's Health, Cholera, Cysticercosis, Dengue, Diabetes, Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm), Echinococcosis, Endemic Treponematoses (Yaws), Fascioliasis, Foodborne Trematodiases, Hepatitis, Human African Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness), Influenza, Leishmaniasis, Leprosy, Lymphatic Filariasis, Malaria, Malnutrition, Measles, Meningitis C, Mumps, Obstetrics, Onchocerciasis (River Blindness), Paratyphoid fever, Pneumonia, Podoconiosis, Polio, Respiratory Diseases, Rotavirus, Rubella, Schistosomiasis, Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis, Trachoma, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Availability of Treatment - Emergency Aid, Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Health System Infrastructure - Training, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach, Prevention Programs - Vaccines

Targeted Population(s) Children, Marginalised / Indigenous People, Mothers, People with low income, Women

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific, Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Number of Countries 12

Country(ies) Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Philippines, Senegal, Serbia

Start Date 2013

More information GSK Responsibility

Anticipated completion date Ongoing