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GSK and Save the Children: A U.S. Disaster Response Partner

GSK has partnered with Save the Children here at home since 2015 so that we can provide immediate emergency relief to children and families when a disaster strikes and work to build safer and more resilient communities.  

GSK deepened its commitment to our U.S. preparedness work with a three-year investment aimed at maximizing the impact of our critical work; including helping to mobilize rapid responses to help children affected by natural disasters, strengthen the capacity of staff and volunteers and increase our efficiency through data system improvements.

A GSK employee wearing a red Save the Children t-shirt reads to children at a child care center in Wilmington, DE. The center was significantly damaged by Hurricane Florence in September 2018 and Save the Children has supported its operations and recovery since the earliest days of the storm. Photo credit: Eric Atkinson/Save the Children, May 2019.

Our Local Program Impact

Following the unprecedented 2017 hurricane season, we collaborated to help ensure children in Houston, Southern Florida and across the island of Puerto Rico were safe and protected, could return to learning and communities could build back stronger after the devastation. In 2018, GSK contributed to Save the Children’s Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael recovery efforts. GSK’s support helped communities and families recover by restoring child care and early learning centers while also developing plans to increase the resilience of children in the aftermath of disasters.

Save the Children has also collaborated with National Center for Disaster Preparedness, on a three-year project with support from GSK to develop a set of free disaster-planning tools to help policymakers, educators and parents prepare for natural disasters with children in mind.

The Resilient Children/Resilient Communities initiative, a partnership between Save the Children was named winner of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Citizenship Award for “Best Disaster Preparedness and Community Resilience Program.”

“We are so proud to support Save the Children in their 100th year to strengthen their increasingly necessary disaster response efforts across the United States,” said Becki Lynch, GSK’s Director of U.S. Community Partnerships.

A two-day-old baby is wrapped in a brightly colored blanket and held by a health worker at the County Referral Hospital in Kenya. CHX was used on the baby’s ambilitical cord to prevent post-natal infection. Photo credit: Siegfried Modola / Save the Children, Aug 2018.

Our Transformational Global Partnership

Every day, almost 15,000 children die before reaching their 5th birthday, mostly from preventable causes.

That’s why Save the Children and GSK joined forces in 2013. By bringing together our unique skills and resources, we are breaking new ground and finding new ways to bring down the number of children dying from preventable diseases.

Since then, together, Save the Children and GSK have achieved incredible things. We have reached over 2.8 million children in 45 countries, with more than 97,000 receiving full immunizations and have met head-on some of the main causes of preventable child deaths – including treating over 187,000 children for malaria, pneumonia or diarrhea.

Together we have built a pioneering and powerful partnership that is saving the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Dr. Pauline Williams, GSK SVP and Head of Global Health R&D, is recognized as a Save the Children changemaker for children for her innovative formulation of chlorhexidine gel from the simple antiseptic commonly used in mouthwash.

Designed to prevent umbilical infections, the gel has the potential to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of newborn babies and has so far helped protect over 30,000 newborns in Kenya from infection. Chlorhexidine gel is now approved in 13 countries with high neonatal mortality.

In March 2019, a group of GSK employees participated in a Trek for Kids.

Employee Engagement

The global GSK employee workforce of over 100,000 are encouraged to support the partnership through award-winning Orange United fundraising campaigns, as well as by contributing their time and expertise through GSK’s skill-based PULSE volunteer engagements. So far, over 100 GSK employees have been placed in Save the Children roles, drawing on their professional expertise to provide valuable skilled services.

In March 2017, select GSK employees participated in a global Trek for Kids. Building on the enthusiasm, 40 GSK employees from 25 countries trekked the Simien Mountains in Ethiopia in March 2019, where Save the Children has been working for decades to support programs that provide education, health, food security, HIV/AIDS prevention and lifesaving care for children.

GSK employees have always been at the heart of our partnership. Employees in over 70 countries have raised millions for Save the Children’s work globally, which is also matched by GSK.


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