Making a change
In 2013 GSK and Save the Children embarked on a shared value partnership combining two organisation’s global expertise, skills and energy to tackle the ambitious goal of helping to save one million children’s lives. Together we are finding new ways to help reduce child mortality.
In the last ten years, significant progress has been made globally to reduce the rate of child deaths, however more needs to be done to prevent children dying unnecessarily. Almost 6 million children under five still lose their lives every year due to preventable causes.
The GSK and Save the Children partnership is ambitious, and goes well beyond the traditional charity corporate fundraising model. At GSK the partnership touches almost all areas of the business, in particular using the potential of its expertise in R&D, immunisation, and supply chain logistics to help save children’s lives.
Save the Children’s on the ground presence and expertise in child survival helps provide a local perspective on child mortality to help the partnership to reach some of the most vulnerable children with life-saving interventions. Our partnership mission of helping to save the lives of one million children by tackling preventable under five mortality aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 3 (Good Health and Wellbeing) and Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals)
The partnership is starting to deliver measurable results. By November 2015 the global partnership has directly reached over 3.6 million people, including 1.3 million children. Key achievements to date include:
- Over 126,600 children treated for malaria, pneumonia or diarrhoea
- Over 10,000 health workers trained
- Working together in 37 countries
Bianca, six hours old, in Kopsiro Health Facility in Bungoma County Kenya. Photo: Colin Crowley