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Stiefel – a GSK company – launches initiative to protect albinos from skin cancer in Tanzania

Stiefel – a GSK company – launches initiative to protect albinos from skin cancer in Tanzania

  • Stiefel joined with the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) to launch the ‘Hats On For Skin Health’ programme – announced at the 22nd World Congress of Dermatology in Seoul 24th to 29th of May 2011
  • The campaign will encourage donations from around the world which will be used to purchase hats and other sun-protective items that will be distributed to albinos throughout villages by the regional Dermatological Training Center(RDTC) in Moshi, Tanzania
  • £1,280 has been raised from online donations through the website thus far to add to the combined donation of £16,000 from Stiefel Corporate and Stiefel Korea. This will allow more than 10,000 hats to be produced initially
  • In 2007, Stiefel donated £192,000 to finance construction of the first dermatology hospital ward at the Regional Dermatology Training Centre (RDT) in Tanzania - Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre - Moshi.

GSK donates £172,000 from its 20% Reinvestment Programme to train new midwives using e-learning

  • 29 health professionals trained to develop distance learning materials
  • Objective is to train 1000 new mid-level midwives needed by 2015.

A total of 69.54 million albendazole tablets donated to Tanzania since 2000 in the programme aimed at eliminating lymphatic filariasis by 2020

GSK and GAVI collaborate to upgrade Clinical Trial sites

  • Building of new laboaratory in Korogwe
  • Setting-up Micro-labs and upgrading X-ray facilities in Korogwe and Bagamoyo hospitals
  • Supporting upgrade of the Mwanza NIMRI labs used in the HPV trials
  • Up-grading connectivity band-width to enable the use e-case report forms.

Further Initiatives

GSK PULSE Volunteer Partnership Programme

  • Stephanie Guerrera, R&D Project Leader GSK US spent 6 months working with AMREF, developing a tool to enable a detailed policy analysis, aimed at identifying barriers and gaps which would be used to direct the health systems research and advocacy agenda for AMREF, Tanzania
  • Hilary Bowman, supply chain logistician GSK US, spent 6 months with AMREF working on the Lake Victoria Basin Integrated Health Initiative (LVBIHI) which will benefit roughly 15 million people in Tanzania Kenya and Uganda.

ViiV Healthcare

  • Provides grants totaling £13,500 from its new Positive Action for Children Fund to support Community Programmes in Tanzania that mitigate the impact of HIV and AIDS on children and their families:
  • CSYM HUDUMA-The Christian Spiritual Youth Ministry £7,000, to assist with their prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV  programme and  Prevention of P+Women Death and Child Mortality(SPWDCM) by working with pastorialists and hunter gatherers 
  • Pathfinder TA, to give technical assistance to projects
  • Butogwa Women’s Health and Development £6,500, to helpprevent HIV/AIDS among women of childbearing age in Kazunzu
  • Provided funding from its Paediatric Seed Fund to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, to help fund a two year programme to research the development of Antriretroviral resistance in new borns, infants and adolescent to improve treatment and care of paediatric HIV/Aid



AP: Last Updated 17 January 2013: DICE/GSK/0002n/12(1)


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