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WFP and Takeda deepen partnership in West Africa to strengthen response to health emergencies

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WFP and Takeda deepen partnership in West Africa to strengthen response to health emergencies

This generous new donation from Takeda reflects the success and sustainability of our collaboration

ROME, Italy, September 22, 2021 / APO Group / –

New JPY 1.3 billion (approx. USD 10.8 million) contribution from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) global CSR program to the World Food Program (WFP) builds on previous successes and highlights initiative 5 years to help build regional health supply chain capacity in West Africa.

The existing partnership between Takeda and WFP has focused on strengthening public health supply chains in countries and supporting long-term pandemic preparedness, combining Takeda’s financial support with knowledge and WFP’s supply chain experience, gained over nearly six decades of working in some of the most logistically challenging regions. environments around the world.

In West Africa, fragile supply chains can cause delays and damage in the transport and storage of medicines and other vital health items, leaving vulnerable communities without the help they need. This new initiative, which will run from 2022 to 2026, will build on existing activities under the current Takeda-PAM partnership, helping to address supply chain gaps and challenges at the regional level, ensuring better accessibility and availability of health products in fragile regions. through the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot managed by WFP in Accra, Ghana.

United Nations Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRD) are a network of six strategically located centers around the world that provide supply chain services to the humanitarian community. UNHRD Ghana, in Accra, supports humanitarian organizations working in 17 West African countries. This initiative will strengthen the capacity of UNHRD Accra to store and deliver heat-sensitive health commodities on behalf of the humanitarian community, and will create a regional logistics knowledge center, where supply chain professionals and representatives of National governments in the region will be able to receive training on best supply chain practices, ensuring they are better equipped to deal with and manage health emergencies.

“WFP has been working with Takeda since 2020 and we greatly appreciate this partnership,” said WFP Executive Director David Beasley. “This generous new donation from Takeda reflects the success and sustainability of our collaboration and will help public and private actors in West Africa prepare for and respond to health emergencies – so that vital supplies can reach those in need. need it most. ”

“Takeda is proud to continue to work with the World Food Program to transform supply chains and ensure access to essential health products in West Africa,” said Takako Ohyabu, director of international affairs at Takeda. “Our Global CSR Program partners are selected each year by our employees around the world. Through this program, we are focused on strengthening health systems and our work with WFP continues to benefit employees. As we continue this partnership, we hope to empower West African communities to be prepared for the health challenges of the future. ”

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