In Australia’s sparsely populated outback, the next hospital might be hours or even days away by road. This could put a patient’s life in danger. For nearly a century, the Royal Flying Doctor Service has been bringing medical access to patients, and improving health services in remote areas.
Novartis was ranked 4th in Fortune magazine’s Change the World list and cited for developing an innovative new cancer treatment, working to expand access to healthcare and supporting value-based pricing.
Advancing access to medicine is a global ambition that takes many forms across developed and developing countries. Specialist physicians at Shanghai No. 6 People’s Hospital in China tell us about their working day, their day-to-day role of teaching and learning, and their personal challenges and successes of improving patient care.
After centuries of being forgotten, a common herb was rediscovered that has cured malaria in millions of people. Today, access to medicine programs such as the Novartis Malaria Initiative make antimalarial drugs based on Artemisia annua available to the people who need it.
Where people lack access to basic medicines, common illnesses can be deadly. Sandoz has recently deepened its ongoing support of Americares, a global health nonprofit that provides donated medication and health programs for people in need.
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