Making Access Happen: Issue 2 of the Sandoz magazine is out now
Fly over Australia’s outback, visit a midwife in Ethiopia and learn about how we can make life-changing biologic medicines accessible for more patients - in the new issue of ‘Making Access Happen - For better healthcare around the world’
Nov 14, 2017
Steffen Kurzawa, Global Head Communications Sandoz
Depending on where people live, they face unique challenges in accessing healthcare services and medicines. Sometimes the challenge is distance from medical facilities. It could be a lack of skilled professionals, or it may be unavailable treatment options - access challenges are varied and multidimensional. To meet these challenges, healthcare professionals, patients, governmental and non-governmental organizations as well as the corporate sector need to engage more with each other.
By launching Making Access Happen, we have set out to contribute to this exchange. What started as a new series of stories to highlight some best practices driving access to healthcare has become an international publication, available in eight languages.
In the second issue of our magazine, we continue to look at stories of healthcare access pioneers who are working to Make Access Happen: We give voice to people who improve access in their communities and beyond, and we showcase what good partnering for better health can look like. He have invited experts from the World Health Organization, the United Nations and several other organizations and institutions to share their points of view.
Our company purpose at Sandoz, as a leading global provider of generic medicines, is to contribute to increasing access to affordable and high-quality medicine for patients worldwide. In a special report, we look at ten years of biosimilars in the market and the progress that has been made during this time. And we look ahead; how will patients and medical systems benefit from this more affordable version of life-changing biologic medications?
While modern, high-tech therapies play a role in access to medical treatment, so do traditional – and even ancient - plant-based remedies. One example is a plant that the world almost forgot – today, it is the basis for a remedy that is saving millions of lives from malaria. You’ll read about the rediscovery of this treatment and how programs like Novartis’ Malaria Initiative make this medicine available for people in need.
Sometimes access is a matter of connecting patients and healthcare professionals. In rural Australia, the nearest hospital can be hours – or even days – away by road. In our cover story, we take off with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and learn how this organization provides healthcare all over the country, no matter how remote.
In terms of improving access to healthcare services, local approaches have a great effect. With this belief in mind, Sandoz supports training for midwives in Ethiopia. Read about the challenges and motivations of a midwife in sub-Saharan Africa, and see how capacity building programs bring hope to mothers and babies.
This issue also shows how small actions lead to big outcomes: Specialists from the US Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) tell us why the simple act of handwashing prevents you and your family from getting ill – especially in the cold and flu season.
It is said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. If you want to join us on our journey to making access happen, you can learn more from the many stories you’ll find on this website. You can also be a part of the discussion on social media with #MakingAccessHappen. And if you know people who are passionately working to make access happen, or if you’d like to tell us what access to medicines means to you, get in touch: send an email to [email protected]
We hope you enjoy the second issue of our magazine Making Access Happen. Download the pdf here. We look forward to hearing your thoughts.