Across the ASEAN region and around the world, Abbott is working to help families build a better and healthier future, in everything we do – through our life-changing technologies, across our business and in partnership with others. Following are two examples of our work to help mothers and children to live their best lives through better health.
Addressing Noncommunicable Diseases in Humanitarian Settings
Working together with the global humanitarian organization CARE, Abbott and its foundation the Abbott Fund launched one of the world’s first programs aimed at preventing and managing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease in humanitarian settings.
This work is especially important in a place like Marawi City, Philippines. After an armed conflict in 2017 between government forces and militant groups, large numbers of people remain uprooted from their homes, communities and access to care.
The new three-year program aims to fight NCDs in Marawi City, with a focus on helping people affected by diabetes, hypertension and obesity. Program work includes screening to identify people with NCDs and those at risk of developing NCDs, and expanding access to needed clinical care either within or outside the camps. Nurses and other healthcare providers are being trained to lead “NCD Clubs” to advance disease prevention and management, with the overall program aim to strengthen the ability of local healthcare systems to manage NCDs. In addition, an advocacy campaign is raising awareness and educating on the prevention and control of NCDs.
For more information on this partnership, see the story on abbott.com.
Helping Malnourished Children in Vietnam
Nutrition is essential to healthy child development. But in some rural areas of Vietnam, a lack of knowledge about nutrition and a shortage of nourishing foods contribute to the prevalence of malnutrition.
To combat this issue, Abbott and the Abbott Fund began a partnership in 2006 with Americares and the Giao Diem Humanitarian Foundation (GDHF) to improve the nutrition of children in rural Vietnam. To date, it has helped almost 40,000 children in rural villages, reducing the malnutrition rate among these children, on average, by 33 percent annually.
The program provides nutritious, locally sourced foods for preschool-age children, training for principals, teachers and other school staff, equipment, including grinders for soy milk production and medical diagnostic tools, educational materials to teach local families how to select and prepare nutritious foods and create well-balanced meals for themselves and their children.
The Pediatric Nutrition Project trains teachers, school staff and parents in the basics of child nutrition so they can all work together to prevent malnourished children from developing health complications. And each day, the children receive homemade soy milk fortified with peanuts, rice, beans, noodle soup and fruit, along with calcium supplements.
Since 2005, Abbott and the Abbott Fund have provided US$4.6 million in funding and product donations.
For more information on this program, see the story on abbott.com.