NAIROBI, Kenya, July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Glenmark, the leading research-driven, global, integrated pharmaceutical company has announced the launch of its Child Health Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Programme in Kenya. The occasion was graced by Hon. Kenneth Okoth - Member of Parliament - Kibera Constituency, Jessica Mbochi, Division of Nutrition, Ministry of Health, Government of Kenya, Dr Grace Irimu, Sr. Lecturer, University of Nairobi and Pediatrician, Kenyatta National Hospital along with officials from Glenmark Pharmaceuticals and local grassroots NGO - Carolina for Kibera.
Through this programme, Glenmark shall endeavour to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged women and children in Kibera area of Nairobi by addressing issues like Malnutrition, Hygiene and Sanitation. The Child Health project is guided by Glenmark's global philosophy of 'Enriching lives to create a Healthier and Happier World.' For this Project, Glenmark has tied-up with Carolina for Kibera, an organization focused on participatory grassroots development. Glenmark also announced the inauguration of Nutrition Education Centre in Gatwekera village of Kibera formed with an objective of recovering Severe Acute Malnourished (SAM) children and educating the local community about the issue of Malnutrition.
Speaking on the occasion, Ken Okoth, Member of Parliament Kibera constituency: "Malnutrition is a major concern in Kibera and I am delighted with this community initiative to address nutritional needs of young children. It's only with concentrated efforts that we can make a difference."
P Chinnappa Reddy, Senior Vice President and Head of Glenmark's Africa, Russia/CIS and Asia operations said "Glenmark is proud of its wonderful association with the Republic of Kenya. We have a long history which dates back to over 20 years; having established our operations in Nairobi way back in 1991.The Child Health Project is an endeavour to demonstrate our commitment to Kenya. We are confident that with the support of the Government of Kenya and the local population, Glenmark's Child Health project in Kibera, Nairobi will set transformation benchmarks in the years to come."
The thrust of this project will be to provide adequate nutrition, complete vaccination and ensuring proper sanitation practices.
Hillary Omala, Executive Director at Carolina for Kibera commented "I am grateful to Glenmark Pharmaceuticals for partnering with us in our mission of reducing malnutrition in the Kibera community."
SOURCE Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd