Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, has donated essential health care products to its non-governmental organization (NGO) partner Direct Relief for victims of the devastating floods in Malawi. The floods have taken the lives of more than 176 people and left an estimated quarter of a million people displaced, according to Direct Relief.
The disaster response effort is part of Henry Schein Cares, the Company’s global social responsibility program. To aid in the immediate response to emergencies around the world, Henry Schein Cares partners with international relief organizations and ensures that these organizations regularly receive Henry Schein health care products in their warehouses ready to go when disasters occur.
“Coordination of relief efforts to areas affected by disaster is essential, and we applaud the work of Direct Relief, which is working with local organizations on the ground in Malawi to ensure that donated health care supplies are being used effectively and efficiently,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Henry Schein, Inc. “Henry Schein’s work to help the people of Malawi is part of our ongoing commitment to give back to society, which has marked our Company for more than eight decades. As we have grown into a multinational corporation, the scope of this responsibility has grown proportionately.”
Henry Schein Cares “helps health happen” by expanding access to care to at-risk populations through the support of communities and not-for-profit organizations dedicated to increasing preventive care, treatment, and the delivery of health education. In addition to enhancing emergency preparedness and relief, activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on advancing wellness and building capacity in the delivery of health care services.
“Thanks to donations from Henry Schein Cares, Direct Relief was able to rapidly respond with a shipment to Kasungu District Hospital in the rural, central region of Malawi,” said Jessica Koval, International Program Manager, Direct Relief. “The supplies will allow the hospital to continue providing health care services at a time when resources are stretched thin and they are seeing increased numbers of patients due to the flooding.”
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