Astellas Global Health Foundation Media


  • Astellas Global Health Foundation Makes Inaugural Grant to the END Fund

    First Foundation Grant Focused on Access to Health Addresses Neglected Tropical Diseases in the Democratic Republic of Congo

    Today, the Astellas Global Health Foundation announced its first grant since the Foundation’s inception, awarding $750,000 to the END Fund, a prominent philanthropic organization combating neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) worldwide. The END Fund will use the investment to deliver NTD treatments through mass drug administration mechanisms designed to control and eliminate NTDs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the world’s poorest countries ranking among the highest in NTD prevalence. Its residents have little access to healthcare (one in five children there dies of preventable diseases before reaching age 5),1 and more than 55.5 million of its population requires treatment for at least one NTD.2

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  • Adapting to Changing Global Healthcare Needs

    By: Moyra Knight, President of the Astellas Global Health Foundation

    Despite continuing advances in technology and medicine, half the world lacks access to essential health services, and millions of deaths occur each year due to poor-quality healthcare.1 The World Health Organization is calling for an end to epidemics by 2030, in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goal 3.32.

    In response to this urgent global need, in late 2018 we formed the Astellas Global Health Foundation, a new international philanthropic organization dedicated primarily to improving access to health in underserved global communities in order to make a sustainable impact on the health of people worldwide.

    The Astellas Global Health Foundation will address communities with the greatest unmet needs through better access to healthcare with an emphasis on neglected tropical diseases / communicable diseases, mental and children’s health in low-income communities and low-and middle-income countries where Astellas does not have a commercial presence. These three areas have been identified as funding priorities because of their potential long-term impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations, and high prevalence in these geographies. We will invest in novel, sustainable solutions that present evidence that work goes beyond aiding and begins to solve global access to health challenges. We will seek out partners who operate ethically and inclusively and measure impact. And, we will invest in organizations that have global reach and local implementation with ideas that can be replicated to expand over time.

    As the president of the former Astellas USA Foundation and the new Astellas Global Health Foundation, it has been a privilege to work with many diverse organizations. In all, the Astellas USA Foundation contributed more than $20 million in the areas of health and well-being, disaster relief and STEM education, including more than $3 million over the last three years focused on STEM education for populations who lack the opportunities and resources needed to pursue STEM careers.

    The Astellas Global Health Foundation is an evolution of these efforts, as well as the efforts of our colleagues in Europe and Asia, allowing us to build on the success achieved locally to make a greater impact in global populations most impacted by the acute challenges with access to health where the consequences are greatest. While this change is challenging, the transformation is necessary to respond to the growing need for access to health and to place the highest priority on working toward improving the health of people around the world.

    To get started, the Astellas Global Health Foundation has issued a Request for Proposal to several established non-profit partners who are making an impact on the health of the most underserved, low-income communities around the world. We are seeking opportunities to fund multi-year programs led by organizations with a proven track record of addressing access to health within our categories and geographies of interest, as well as robust methods of measuring impact. We look forward to sharing our progress with you as the Astellas Global Health Foundation works with these committed organizations to help build a healthier future for some of the world’s most underserved populations.

  • Astellas Global Health Foundation Launches

    Foundation to Support Improving Access to Health for Underserved Populations

    Astellas Pharma Inc. (TSE: 4503, President and CEO: Kenji Yasukawa, Ph.D., "Astellas") announced the launch of the Astellas Global Health Foundation (AGHF), a new international philanthropic organization dedicated to improving access to health in underserved global communities. Key areas of focus for the AGHF initially will be neglected tropical and communicable diseases, children’s health and mental health in low-income communities and low- and middle-income countries where Astellas, a company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world, does not have a commercial presence. Additionally, AGHF will fund programs that build healthier communities and provide disaster preparedness and relief in these same geographies.

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