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The Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust announces US$1 million investment for Health Education Impact in East Africa

Next step in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network

At a ‘Quality Matters’ conference on 12 November in Nairobi, co-hosted by the Aga Khan University (AKU) and the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust (Trust), Jane Griffiths Chairman of the Trust announced the launch of a US$1 million Health Education investment to expand access to healthcare and strengthen human resources for health in East Africa.

“Over the 15 years that we have partnered with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), our relationship has deepened and strengthened. As such, it is a natural next step along our continuum of interventions that we now together explore social impact investment opportunities in making a long term difference to human health in the communities we serve”: Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman Janssen EMEA and Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust.

The announcement marks the first significant investment the Trust will make in the space of impact investment, which will supplement the existing grant portfolio by acting as a catalyst for greater impact. Together, AKDN and the Trust will explore how impact investments can expand access to healthcare and strengthen human resources for health in East Africa.

“This partnership has always been marked by shared values and a common commitment to improving human health and the quality of life. As partners and organizations, we are both very practical – dedicated to making a real difference, to making sure that our work has a positive impact for people and communities. We are delighted that the Trust has chosen AKDN as its first partner for this new dimension of its work. In many circumstances, patient thoughtful capital can catalyse tremendous social benefits. We look forward to a new phase in our work together: investing and innovating for impact”: Matt Reed, CEO Aga Khan Foundation UK.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the partnership between the Trust and the AKDN. In 2001, the Trust launched a scholarship program for advanced nursing studies with the AKU School of Nursing and Midwifery (AKU-SONAM) in East Africa. To date, more than 2100 nurses and midwives have graduated from AKU-SONAM and have gone on to create a deep and sustainable impact in the communities they serve, with 90% of graduates staying within the region.

In addition to the collaboration on nursing and midwifery in East Africa, the partnership between the Trust and AKDN has grown and deepened over the years to include grant support for Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs in East Africa and Portugal; support for nurse training and nursing associations in Egypt; and more recently, ECD programs in Tajikistan and Kyrgistan. In 2013, AKDN was named a Flagship Partner of the Trust, and since 2014, has hosted eight Johnson & Johnson employees who share their skills and knowledge on long term assignments as part of the Trust Secondment Program.

Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact mission is to support and champion the people on the front lines who at the heart of delivering care. These multiple interventions leverage the Trust’s 2020 strategy that focuses on People, Partnerships and Investment in supporting its partners.