Johnson & Johnson Unveils Maternal, Child Health Initiative

A mother and her child in Farafenni, Gambia. Johnson & Johnson launched its maternal and child health initiative. Photo by: Mishimoto / CC BY MishimotoCC BY

Multinational health company Johnson & Johnson launched Sept. 8 a five-year initiative aimed at improving maternal and child health in the developing world.

The program seeks to reach 120 million women and children each year over the next five years. It will support treatments for intestinal worms, give health information for pregnant women through mobile phones, fund research and development of new medicines for HIV and tuberculosis, and back efforts focused on enhancing birth safety and improving health.

The health giant is donating about USD200 million in cash and medicines for the initiative, which helps to achieve the Millennium Development Goal on maternal and child health, The Associated Press reports.

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