Swiss pharma group No­var­tis AG or­ga­nizes health lec­tures in Xin­jiang

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - By MENGFANBIN mengfanbin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Swiss-based international pharma group No­var­tis AG said that thou­sands of lec­tures on health were or­ga­nized by its health ex­press pro­gram un­til the end of 2016, with the lec­ture cir­cuit cov­er­ing al­most 90 per­cent of the re­mote ar­eas in the Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion and ben­e­fit­ing more than 2 mil­lion par­tic­i­pants.

“The achieve­ments of the project in­spire our ad­her­ence to cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ityand re­spon­si­ble op­er­a­tions, help­ing more peo­ple im­prove their health and qual­ity of life,” said Larry Zhang, vice-pres­i­dent of No­var­tis Group (China).

No­var­tis es­ti­mates costs for the pub­lic wel­fare pro­gram to date have to­taled about 50 mil­lion yuan ($4.23 mil­lion). No­var­tis, one of the largest drug­mak­ers in the world, aims to raise lo­cal peo­ple’s health aware­ness and im­prove lo­cal health con­di­tions in­Xin­jiang.

No­var­tis launched the health ex­press pro­gram in 2010 to help im­prove poor san­i­tary con­di­tions and low med­i­cal stan­dards in the re­gion, es­pe­cially in the re­mote ru­ral ar­eas. The pro­gram was launched in the wake of the Chinese gov­ern­ment’s new pol­icy of aid­ing health­care in­Xin­jiang.

The kick-off cer­e­mony of the third No­var­tis China health ex­press pro­gram on chronic dis­ease pre­ven­tion and con­trol, was held in April in­Kuerle, a city in­Xin­jiang.

Zhang­said theChina health ex­press pro­gram has or­ga­nized many health pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties in dif­fer­ent cities and ru­ral ar­eas in the au­ton­o­mous re­gion. This cov­ered hold­ing health ed­u­ca­tion lec­tures for stu­dents and res­i­dents, or­ga­niz­ing train­ing for doc­tors and staff, es­tab­lish­ing cold chain trans­porta­tion sys­tem for med­i­cal spec­i­mens, do­nat­ing med­i­cal equip­ment and com­pil­ing health books.

No­var­tis, based in Basel in Switzer­land, won­theXin­jiang Sci­ence & Tech­nol­ogy Pro­mo­tion Award in Fe­bru­ary be­cause of its health ex­press pro­gram. It is the first and only for­eign com­pany which has won such an ac­co­lade.

“The pro­gram was tai­lor­made for Xin­jiang, con­cern­ing it­self with the pop­u­la­tion’s health in a fron­tier mi­nor­ity re­gion and with the devel­op­ment of med­i­cal and health ser­vices,” said Wang Chun­hong, deputy­mayor ofKuerle, at the cer­e­mony.

Over the last two years Kuerle’s chronic dis­ease pre­ven­tion and con­trol project has worked on im­prov­ing med­i­cal re­sources in the ru­ral ar­eas, im­prov­ing stan­dards for med­i­cal staff and pub­li­ciz­ing health knowl­edge — es­pe­cially the knowl­edge of pre­ven­tion and treat­ment of in­fec­tious diseases.

The project has made a great con­tri­bu­tion to health con­struc­tion and chronic dis­ease man­age­ment in Xin­jiang said Muham­mad Yasin, for­mer direc­tor gen­eral of the Xin­jiang health depart­ment.

Around 36 lec­tures to med­i­cal staff and 671 lec­tures to stu­dents, teach­ers and res­i­dents have been held since the No­var­tis health ex­press project was launched in Kuerle, ben­e­fit­ing more than 60,000 at­ten­dees.

Thanks to the No­var­tis project, Kuerle is now at the fore­front of the au­ton­o­mous re­gion’s push on chronic dis­ease pre­ven­tion and con­trol, said an of­fi­cial from the lo­cal Health, Pop­u­la­tion and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

In ad­di­tion to Kuerle, the health ex­press pro­gram has also been car­ried on in many other cities and coun­ties, Zhang said.

Be­tween 2011 and 2013 more than 800 med­i­cal and nurs­ing staff in­pri­mary hos­pi­tals in Xin­jiang were trained, so as to en­hance the di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment of in­fec­tious diseases like hepati­tis B.

Since the pro­gram launched in Aksu in May 2010, health ed­u­ca­tion cam­paigns were car­ried out in schools and uni­ver­si­ties all over the au­ton­o­mous re­gion, uti­liz­ing such in­no­va­tive meth­ods as paint­ing com­pe­ti­tions and entertainment per­for­mances.

The ed­u­ca­tion of stu­dents has had a pos­i­tive rip­ple ef­fect as stu­dents pass on the knowl­edge they ac­quire to their fam­i­lies and thus in­flu­ence health be­hav­ior in lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties, said Zhang.

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Chil­dren smile in front of the cam­era af­ter a men­tal health class spon­sored by No­var­tis health ex­press pro­gram in He­tian county, Xin­jiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion.

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