Wherever we work in the world, we aim to make a positive impact on our local communities. We target our global community investment towards promoting healthcare in the community and supporting science-based education and careers. The main focus of our community investment strategy is our Young Health Programme, which addresses noncommunicable disease prevention. We also coordinate patient assistance programmes, support global disaster relief efforts and encourage our global workforce to take up volunteering opportunities that benefit local, national and global projects.
Areas of focus and support for community investment
Community investment contributions must generally aim to support one or more of the following AstraZeneca areas of focus for community investment:
The activities we support in these three focus areas include: initiatives that increase public understanding of a disease through health charities or patient groups with related expertise; promoting health and wellbeing, including support for preventive medicine and public health initiatives; supporting innovative programs aimed at preventing and managing chronic disease; addressing unmet health needs in under-served and un-served populations; supporting health-related research conducted by non-profit organisations as part of a wider community investment initiative and directed toward the public good; or encouraging science education among young people.
Disease prevention programming with a focus on adolescents
Our Young Health Programme is a noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention programme developed in partnership with Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Plan International. It aims to reduce the uptake of unhealthy behaviours in young people to improve their health outcomes as adults and help address the growing burden of NCDs on health systems. Since launching the programme in 2010, we have reached more than 1.6 million youth, partnered with 30 NGOs in 21 countries around the world.
Visit the Young Health Programme website
Investing in the next generation of scientists
Our company is built on the scientific talent and expertise of its people and we depend on a strong talent pipeline to meet our future needs. For this reason, we support science education and skills development. Collaboration between industry, academia and government at both national and local levels is required to build and sustain a pipeline of science talent. This needs to target critical skill gaps including data sciences, translational medicine and formulation.
The longer-term approach needs to focus on relevant interdisciplinary skills, enhance post-16 maths for scientists and make science attractive as a career. For instance, in the UK alone, it is estimated that 830,000 STEM graduates are needed to support the country's economic recovery. In the US, the size of the STEM workforce is estimated to be more than 8.5 million.
From our national partnership with Career Ready in the UK to our Health and Science Innovation Challenge in the US, our local markets support many initiatives to inspire and encourage young people to pursue science education.
Responding to disasters and public health needs with product donations and charitable funds
As part of our commitment to healthcare and our desire to be a responsible business, we support product donations for humanitarian or public health needs. We make these donations in response to disasters and humanitarian needs all over the world and across all of our therapy areas: cardiovascular disease and diabetes, oncology, infection, respiratory and inflammation, neuroscience and gastrointestinal medicines. These donations are made through established partnerships we have with recognized NGOs including Americares, Direct Relief International, Health Partners International of Canada and Tulipe. We also look for opportunities to contribute to long term projects, such as the Cambodia Breast Cancer Initiative at the Sihanouk Hospital Center of Hope in Phnom Pen, a 9 year partnership we've had with Americares to support access to treatment for breast cancer and increase education, awareness and understanding with women locally.
When disaster strikes, we work with our global disaster relief partner, The British Red Cross, and it is through this partnership that we channel the bulk of our disaster relief donations. The disaster relief strand of our community investment work enables us to respond when and where emergency medical need is greatest.
Supporting the giving and volunteer activities of our employees
We recognise the giving and volunteer efforts of our employees and provide support for these activities globally and where we operate locally around the world. While volunteer programmes vary from market to market to reflect local needs, resourcing and culture, all of our employees have the opportunity to volunteer either individually or as part of teams. Some examples of programmes include: The Power of Us programme in the US; the iVolunteer programme in the UK; the Volunteer Investment Programme in Canada; or the Mentor Sweden programme in Sweden. Additionally, the scientists and researchers in our research hubs mentor science students to provide them with firsthand insights into careers in this field.
Applying for funding from AstraZeneca
We aim to make a positive impact in communities around the world. If you are a registered charity or nonprofit group with a project that is aligned to one of our areas of focus, you may be eligible to receive funding from us. If you are based in a country where we have local market operations, your first point of inquiry should be with our local market country. Decisions for local donations are made locally.
Please visit the website of your local market to review requirements and process for applying for funding. If you are not based in a country where we have local operations, you can contact us for more information.