Who We Are

The Astellas Global Health Foundation (“Foundation”) is an international philanthropic organization focused on helping to build “One World, A Healthier Tomorrow.”

The Foundation’s efforts are focused on reducing significant unmet medical needs and health access issues facing vulnerable global communities to help make a sustainable impact on the health of people around the world.

What We Do

Less than half of the global population has access to essential health services [World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank, 2017].1 The Foundation supports initiatives that address barriers to access to health, including lack of available treatments, insufficient healthcare infrastructure and healthcare information. The Foundation also funds efforts that help to build healthier, resilient communities and provide disaster support (preparedness and relief).

The Foundation’s funding supports philanthropic initiatives in low- and middle-income countries where Astellas, the corporation, does not have a business presence. Programs that receive funding are designed and implemented by charitable/non-profit organizations in alignment with the Foundation’s Social Contribution Policy and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Success is defined by the Foundation’s ability to make a meaningful impact by supporting partner initiatives that actively contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.1

Our Focus Areas:

  1. Improving access to health: Strengthening health infrastructure as well as enhancing availability of healthcare for: (1) mental health; (2) neglected tropical and communicable disease care and treatment (e.g., HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, among others); and, (3) children’s health; to help make a positive long-term impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.

  2. Building community resilience: Proactively tackling major health challenges and minimizing avoidable deaths through infrastructure strengthening, systems improvements and training initiatives.

  3. Providing disaster support: Helping to improve: (1) preparedness, surveillance and response and reduce suffering caused by natural disasters (e.g., creating data and information collection systems that will monitor health risks posed by natural disasters); (2) surveillance and monitoring of biological emergencies (e.g., potential health threats, such as COVID-19, and potential health threats, such as SARS, influenza and cholera); and, (3) initiatives that otherwise provide disaster support through preparedness, surveillance and/or response.

    1 World Bank website. Tracking University Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report. Accessed on October 28, 2021. Link: https://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/640121513095868125/pdf/122029-WP-REVISED-PUBLIC.pdf

Our Impact

Join the Astellas Global Health Foundation in building One World, A Healthier Tomorrow.


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*The Astellas Global Health Foundation merged three Astellas philanthropic entities in November 2018 – the Astellas USA Foundation (AUSF), the Astellas European Foundation (AEF), and the Astellas Asia-Oceanic Foundation (AAOF) into one organization.

WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP):
who.int/mental_health/mhgap/en