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Sandoz proud to announce first Novartis Access treatments to Kenya

Holzkirchen, March 01, 2016

Sandoz is pleased to announce that the first Novartis Access shipment has just been delivered to Kenya. This shipment includes medicines against cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory conditions and breast cancer, many of which are Sandoz medicines.

Sandoz teams up with World Child Cancer to "even the odds" for children worldwide

Holzkirchen, February 15, 2016

Sandoz, together with leading global charity World Child Cancer (WCC), is pleased to announce a new health initiative in the Philippines, aimed at improving the standard of care for children suffering from cancer.

Kenya is first country to launch ‘Novartis Access’, expanding affordable treatment options against chronic diseases

Nairobi, October 15, 2015

Today, Novartis announced the launch of Novartis Access in Kenya, the first country to benefit from a portfolio of 15 affordable medicines to treat cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and breast cancer.

World Heart Day 2015: Joining forces to fight the #1 cause of death worldwide

September 29, 2015

An estimated 17.3 million people die of cardiovascular diseases every year. That makes it the number one cause of death in the world today, with 80% of those deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries.

Novartis launches ‘Novartis Access’, a portfolio of affordable medicines to treat chronic diseases in lower-income countries

September 24, 2015

Novartis today announced the launch of Novartis Access, a portfolio of 15 medicines to treat chronic diseases in low- and low-middle-income countries. The portfolio addresses cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, and breast cancer and will be offered to governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other public-sector healthcare providers for USD 1 per treatment, per month.

CR Performance Report

June 24, 2015

Novartis has a strong history of CR activities, and transparent reporting is a central part of our commitment to corporate responsibility. We have publicly reported on our performance in this area since 2000 through our Annual Report and several online and printed materials.

Sandoz announces training program for midwives in Ethiopia, to reduce maternal and newborn mortality

Holzkirchen, Germany, March 02, 2015

Sandoz today announced the launch of a new program, New Life & New Hope, to improve maternal and child health and reduce mortality associated with childbirth. The program, ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8, kicks-off with the completion of the first in a series of Sandoz-sponsored trainings to improve obstetric knowledge among midwives in Ethiopia.

On World Cancer Day, Sandoz highlights global problem of child cancer

February 04, 2015

Today is World Cancer Day and this year, under the theme ‘Not beyond us,’ Sandoz highlights the global burden of child cancer and the solutions that do exist.

Today is International Day of People with Disabilities

December 03, 2014

Today Sandoz recognizes International Day of People with Disabilities by promoting accessibility and celebrating the achievements of our associates with disabilities.

Sandoz Brazil creates program to support employment for persons with disabilities

December 03, 2014

Sandoz in Brazil has partnered with the Londrina Ministry of Labor, the Londrina State University and other local entities to create INcluir, a unique program that offers professional skills training to people with disabilities. The aim of the program is to build-up the regional talent pool of qualified, disabled workers and to support their employment.

Sandoz supports HIV/AIDS awareness and increased access to treatment for this major global public health issue

December 01, 2014

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV/AIDS) has caused the deaths of millions of people and is one of the most destructive pandemics in history. World AIDS Day, celebrated annually on December 1st, was established by the WHO in 1988 to raise awareness of the virus, which is preventable and treatable.

Global health challenges – including life expectancy – are influenced by gender

November 19, 2014

The health challenges facing both men and women globally are heavily influenced by gender. Today, International Men’s Day, the global health community seeks to promote positive male role models, celebrate men’s positive contributions to society, focus on men’s health and wellbeing, highlight discrimination against males, and improve gender relations and promote gender equality.

Sandoz commits to increasing patient access to important respiratory treatments

November 19, 2014

Today, on World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day, Sandoz reaffirms its commitment to providing needed treatments for respiratory conditions such as COPD.

Sandoz supports prudent use of antibiotics on EU Antibiotic Awareness Day

November 18, 2014

Sandoz recognizes EU Antibiotic Awareness Day and seeks to raise awareness of the importance of prudent use of antibiotics.

Sandoz sponsors diabetes awareness training for healthcare professionals in Ethiopia

November 14, 2014

Today is World Diabetes Day. Globally, 382 million people were living with diabetes in 2013.

Sandoz recognizes World Pneumonia Day, raising awareness of the leading cause of infectious death globally among children under five

November 12, 2014

Today is World Pneumonia Day. Sandoz is proud to be playing a leading role in the fight against pneumonia by supplying the United Nations with a child friendly formulation of amoxicillin.

Ensuring that no child dies for want of the right antibiotic

By Richard Francis, November 12, 2014

Last year, one million children around the world died of pneumonia. But perhaps the greater tragedy is that we have very effective tools to prevent and treat most cases of pneumonia, and the great majority of these children need not have died. All it would take is political will and a little imagination.

Following commitment to United Nations’ Every Newborn Action Plan, Sandoz supplies life-saving antibiotic to combat child mortality

Holzkirchen, October 23, 2014

Sandoz delivers 100,000 packs of amoxicillin 250mg dispersible tablets (DT) to UN and joins UN Pneumonia Innovations Team.

Recognizing rural women: New global reports confirm importance of midwifery for maternal health in challenged areas

October 15, 2014

Today is International Day of Rural Women, established by the United Nations to bring awareness to the critical contribution rural women make to improving living conditions worldwide

Sandoz commits to providing affordable, quality eye care on World Sight Day

October 09, 2014

Due to the economic impact of preventable blindness, affordable ophthalmic care is a priority for governments and health authorities. Sandoz is the leader in generic opthalmics (ranking by global sales as of end 2013).

Sandoz contributes to fighting the number one cause of death globally

September 29, 2014

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a global burden accounting for 17.3 million deaths a year

Dealing with the spread of chronic disease in Africa

September 10, 2014

The rise of chronic disease

Sandoz Regional BioCamp winner finishes among top three in Basel

September 02, 2014

Janko Ignjatovic of Serbia has been selected as one of three individual winners of the Novartis International BioCamp held in Basel last week. Mr. Ignjatovic, who studies pharmacy at the University of Belgrade, came to the event through the Regional BioCamp, which took place in June and was organized by Lek, a Sandoz company.

Novartis releases 2013 Corporate Responsibility Performance Report

August 29, 2014

Novartis has a strong history of CR activities, and transparent reporting is a central part of our commitment to corporate responsibility. We have publicly reported on our performance in this area since 2000 through our Annual Report and several online and printed materials.

Sandoz donates 25,000 units of benzathine penicillin to rheumatic heart disease study in Zambia

August 21, 2014

Life-saving medicines from Sandoz have arrived at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. The donated units of benzathine penicillin will support a new rheumatic heart disease study by the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR). Penicillin prophylaxis is the only way by which new cases of rheumatic heart disease can be prevented.

Nick Haggar comments on Sandoz commitment to UN Action Plan

July 02, 2014

Childhood pneumonia is the leading cause of death globally among children under five. In June 2014, Sandoz announced its commitment to help prevent the deaths of millions of children worldwide by supplying a key antibiotic formulation, as part of the United Nations’ Every Newborn Action Plan.

Sandoz joins forces with United Nations to combat a leading cause of child mortality worldwide

June 30, 2014

Sandoz today announces a long-term commitment to help prevent the deaths of millions of children worldwide by supplying a key antibiotic formulation, as part of the United Nation’s new Every Newborn Action Plan.

More than 19,000 Novartis associates worldwide volunteer for local causes on Community Partnership Day

Basel, May 08, 2014

Today Novartis associates across 55 countries are engaging in local volunteer efforts to support their communities in celebration of the company's annual Community Partnership Day (CPD).


May 06, 2014

Today Sandoz recognizes World Asthma Day. World Asthma Day is an annual event organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) with the goal of improving asthma awareness and care around the world. This year’s theme is, “It’s time to control asthma.”

Nick Haggar co-chaired Roundtable on Health and Pharmaceuticals at EU-Africa Business Forum

April 01, 2014

Nick Haggar, Sandoz Head of Western Europe, Middle East & Africa, and European Generic Medicines Association (EGA) President, recently co-chaired the Roundtable on Health and Pharmaceuticals at the 5th EU-Africa Business Forum.

Sandoz continues extensive Tuberculosis program

March 24, 2014

Fighting Tuberculosis (TB) is a key Corporate Responsibility initiative for Sandoz.

Sustaining our fight against TB

March 24, 2014

An interview with the Sandoz Global TB Team

Fighting TB is more than making medicines

March 24, 2014

An interview with the Sandoz Global TB Team

Tuberculosis remains a global health challenge; Sandoz continues commitment to fighting the disease

March 21, 2014

Despite great progress made in the fight to eradicate Tuberculosis (TB), the disease remains a global killer and disproportionately affects the world’s poor. Sandoz, a leading provider of high-quality, affordable generic medicines, has the opportunity to significantly contribute to the fight against TB.

Sandoz is a leader in the fight against TB

March 20, 2014

Our TB commitment: in graphic form.

Sandoz expands Tuberculosis activities in Africa

March 19, 2014

The Sandoz Tuberculosis (TB) program is increasing its reach in Africa. Sandoz is expanding its Tuberculosis portfolio as well as its Corporate Responsibility initiatives to support positive health outcomes for more patients and ultimately, contribute towards the eradication of the disease.

Sandoz participates in development project: “Quality Assured Essential Medicines for Ghana”

March 14, 2014

Sandoz 1 A Pharma is pleased to participate in the (DPP) project “Quality Assured Essential Medicines for Ghana,” a three-year development partnership aimed at increasing access to high-quality, affordable medicines for patients in Ghana.

Sandoz opens office in Accra, Ghana

Holzkirchen, Germany, February 24, 2014

Sandoz officially opened its representative office in Accra, Ghana on January 23, 2014.

Sandoz recognized for its Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion efforts

February 24, 2014

Sandoz has been recognized by various organizations for its achievements in creating an inclusive workplace.

Sandoz partners with WHO-CC to bring pharmacovigilance training to Ghana

Holzkirchen, Germany, February 24, 2014

Sandoz in Ghana recently partnered with the World Health Organization Collaboration Centre (WHO-CC) for Advocacy and Training in Pharmacovigilance to provide Ghanaian pharmacists with advanced training.

Nick Haggar comments on Sandoz in Africa

Holzkirchen, Germany, February 24, 2014

Nick Haggar comments on Sandoz in Africa

Sandoz recognizes World Cancer Day 2014

February 04, 2014

Today Sandoz recognizes World Cancer Day. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for 7.6 million deaths (around 13% of all deaths) in 2008, according to the World Health Organization. Deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue rising, with an estimated 13.1 million deaths in 2030.

Novartis recognized among world's most sustainable companies in Corporate Knights Global 100

Basel, January 27, 2014

Novartis is pleased to announce that it has been named among the 2014 Corporate Knights Global 100.

Novartis publishes Corporate Responsibility Overview

January 08, 2014

Novartis recently published a comprehensive overview of its Corporate Responsibility strategy and programs.

Sandoz honored for corporate responsibility efforts in the US

November 28, 2013

One Simple Wish, a New Jersey nonprofit organization, has honored Sandoz US with the "Group Supporter of the Year" award for the company’s contributions in 2013.

Sandoz recognizes World COPD Day

November 20, 2013

Today Sandoz recognizes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) day, raising awareness of the disease itself and those whom it most affects

Sandoz Recognizes World Diabetes Day

November 14, 2013

November 14 is World Diabetes Day, held each year by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to raise global awareness about the fight against diabetes mellitus. World Diabetes Day was founded in 1991 by the IDF and World Health Organization in response to the alarming rise of diabetes around the world.

New WHO data show more than 3m TB cases undiagnosed each year

October 29, 2013

More than 3 million people contracting tuberculosis each year go undiagnosed and untreated, according to new estimates in the World Health Organization’s global tuberculosis report. This raises concerns over the spread of the disease that kills 1.3 million people globally.

Sandoz recognizes International Day of Rural Women

October 15, 2013

An interview with three Sandoz leaders in Africa on the current health challenges facing rural women.

World Sight Day 2013: Sandoz addresses the global need for affordable eye care

October 11, 2013

Ophthalmics are high-quality medicines that target the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. With the addition of Falcon’s broad line of generic ophthalmic products in 2011, Sandoz is now the global generics leader in this differentiated field. Currently, Sandoz’s opthalmics portfolio focuses on glaucoma and anti-allergy medicines.

A world in which no one is needlessly blind: Sandoz recognizes World Sight Day 2013

October 10, 2013

Approximately 285 million people worldwide live with low vision and blindness, according to the World Health Organization. Of these, 39 million people are blind and 246 million have moderate or severe visual impairment. Often a result of poor living conditions, 90% of blind people live in low-income countries.

Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death globally: Sandoz recognizes World Heart Day 2013

September 27, 2013

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a global burden accounting for 17.3 million deaths a year - significantly more than all deaths related to malaria, HIV and tuberculosis. By 2030, the World Health Organization estimates more than 23 million people annually will die of CVD. In this article, Sandoz highlights the burden CVD places on patients, particularly those in low- and middle-income families.

Sandoz supports tuberculosis awareness film in cooperation with Indian Ministry of Health

Mumbai, India, September 12, 2013

Partnerships with local health authorities support community engagement programs to raise awareness, provide preventive solutions and counter many myths surrounding tuberculosis.

Sandoz opens office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, September 10, 2013

The first Sandoz representative office in Ethiopia was officially opened on June 25, 2013. Important stakeholders from the Ethiopian healthcare community, including regulators, healthcare officials and diplomats, attended the opening ceremony.

Regional BioCamp 2013 – Young scientists get a firsthand glimpse of the world of pharmacy (video)

Ljublijana, May 25, 2013

The third annual Regional BioCamp, hosted by Lek, a Sandoz company, brought 35 top science students from the Alpe-Adria region together for three days of learning and challenge.

Sandoz Austria celebrates Community Partnership Day 2013 (video)

May 14, 2013

Each year, Sandoz associates around the world give back to their communities by participating in Novartis Community Partnership Day

Celebrating Novartis' 17th Community Partnership Day

Holzkirchen, April 25, 2013

On April 25th we celebrate Novartis’ 17th annual Community Partnership Day. This company-wide initiative, which encourages all associates to engage in volunteering for charitable causes, is another example of our long-standing commitment to being a responsible company.

World TB day – raising awareness about a major public health challenge

Holzkirchen, Germany, March 22, 2013

It is 1882, and tuberculosis (TB), is raging throughout Europe and the Americas, causing the death of one in every seven people. On 24 March, the German scientist and physician Robert Koch astounded the world by announcing that he had found the cause of the tuberculosis infection, the TB bacillus. This discovery opened the way towards diagnosing and curing TB. In 1905 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for his work on TB.

A boost for the fight against TB

Holzkirchen, Germany, March 20, 2013

Sandoz South Africa provides scooters for health workers to visit patients

Countdown to World TB Day on March 24

Holzkirchen, Germany, March 18, 2013

In six days the spotlight will be turned on one of the world’s biggest killers. March 24th 2013 is World Tuberculosis (TB) Day.

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