Novartis Pharma S.A.E Egypt partnered with two foremost community organizations, Helm Foundation and Misr El Kheir (MEK), to celebrate the company’s worldwide annual Community Partnership Day (CPD) in tandem with Novartis associates across 55 countries.
“CPD is a pivotal Novartis tradition. It gives us the opportunity to demonstrate our core values on-ground and what we, as a company, stand for,” said Reem El Adl, Communications and Public Affairs Head.
“At Novartis, we are always keen on reaching out and driving a positive impact in our communities. This year, marking our 18th CPD, nearly 150 associates from Novartis Pharma S.A.E. Egypt, the company’s various divisions in Egypt including Novartis Consumer Health (‘OTC’), Sandoz S.A.E in addition to Novartis scientific office in Egypt Alcon, volunteered their time, effort and made personal contributions to help important and marginalized fellow community members,” she added.
Under the theme ‘Dreams of Inclusion’, Novartis associates worked with Helm Foundation to help 75 people with various disabilities, including members of MS Care, Egypt’s leading patient support group for Multiple Sclerosis. Associates engaged in a rotational set of activities with the teams helping build their capacities and skills, learning about their daily challenges and sharing their future hopes.
According to Helm, there are between 15 to 19 million people in Egypt living with disabilities, most of whom are not fully integrated within society and find it challenging to land a job. Disabilities include hearing impairment, visual impairment, physical and mental disabilities. Established in 2012, Helm promotes employment and integration opportunities for all Egyptians living with disability through their career and development services.
Novartis also launched internal fundraising efforts in partnership with Misr El Kheir’s (MEK) ‘Gharemeen’ Program to relieve the anguish of debtors. According to MEK, many Egyptian families face difficulty in repaying debt installments for basic needs; get indebted, and as a result imprisoned. As of 2014, the Gharemeen program has enabled the release of more than 20,000 debtors through community contributions.