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Through its local organisations in countries throughout the region, Novartis is providing the equivalent of over $2.5 million in immediate emergency aid for victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti.
The support includes both direct financial aid to relief agencies working in Haiti as well as donations of essential medicines, including antibiotic and pain relieving drugs.
“It was with dismay that we learned about the destructive force of the earthquake in Haiti, which has brought such immense suffering to that nation and its people,” said Dr Daniel Vasella, Chairman and CEO of Novartis.
“I would like to express our deepest sympathy for all the people affected and also to assure them of our support. Our experience of providing support in the wake of natural disasters has proven successful, ensuring that we can get aid to the people in need fast and efficiently.”
Novartis employees worldwide are encouraged to make cash contributions to internationally and nationally recognised relief organisations in support of the victims of the earthquake. These donations will then be matched by the company.
Finally, Novartis will work with local authorities and aid organisations to identify where assistance can be provided on a longer-term basis to ensure that there is sustainable support for people impacted by this tragic natural disaster.