GSK to Launch Free Health­care Plan for Em­ploy­ees on World Health Day

The Economic Times - - Companies - Anu­meha.Chaturvedi @times­group.com

New Delhi: Lon­don-head­quar­tered Glax­oSmithK­line (GSK) is launch­ing a pro­gramme which will pro­vide up to 40 pre­ven­tive health­care ser­vices for free to its 20,000 em­ploy­ees and their de­pen­dents in In­dia.

The com­pany is set to launch the ‘Partnership for Preven­tion’ global pro­gramme on the World Health Day this Thurs­day. The pro­gramme, which will be rolled out over the next five years, aims to en­sure that GSK’s em­ploy­ees have ac­cess to a pre­ven­tive health­care pack­age, re­gard­less of their job role, grade or lo­ca­tion. Pi­lots for the pro­gramme were con­ducted in 2012 in Ecuador, Ghana, Nige­ria and Ro­ma­nia.

The com­pany said that the pur­pose of the pro­gramme is to es­pe­cially reach out to em­ploy­ees in coun­tries where pub­licly funded pre­ven­tive health­care may be un­avail­able or lim­ited.

Free ser­vices will in­clude child im­mu­ni­sa­tion ser­vices for haemophilus in­fluen­zae type b, hu­man pa­pil­lo­mavirus, in­fluenza, measles, mumps, rubella, adult vac­ci­na­tion for Hep­ati­tis A and B, hu­man pa­pil­lo­mavirus, measles, mumps, rubella, po­lio, ra­bies, di­a­betes screen­ing, smok­ing ces­sa­tion, pre­na­tal care, and cancer screen­ings for breast, skin, cer­vi­cal and col­orec­tal.

GSK is the first com­pany un­der­tak­ing a pro­gramme like this at such a scale across the world, said Manoj Ku­mar, manag­ing di­rec­tor, GSK Con­sumer Health­care. “Our mis­sion is ‘Do more, feel bet­ter, live longer’ and we feel our em­ploy­ees should feel and live the pur­pose of the com­pany,” he said.

The health­care checks are aligned with the WHO’s rec­om­men­da­tions and em­ploy­ees can avail them­selves of these at 1,500 hos­pi­tals and di­ag­nos­tic cen­tres across 440 cities in In­dia, said Ku­mar. “It is a high reach pro­gramme and we have mapped peo­ple care­fully so that no em­ploy­ees are left out. Ev­ery em­ployee from a sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive to a fac­tory worker will have ac­cess to the pro­gramme,” he said.

A Vaid­heesh, manag­ing di­rec­tor at GSK Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals said: “Our job is to de­velop a busi­ness where em­ploy­ees are healthy, en­gaged and mo­ti­vated. This pro­gramme is vol­un­tary and con­fi­den­tial, and data will re­main with them. It’s not about who’s healthy and who’s not.”

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