MELVILLE, N.Y., Dec. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today its donation of $350,000 in Henry Schein-branded health care products to World Vision for care of refugees, including Syrian refugees living in Europe and the Middle East. World Vision, a global humanitarian organization, will distribute the donated products to its local partner organizations working in areas of critical need.
As part of its agreement with World Vision, Henry Schein will donate 70 units of Henry Schein-branded gloves, masks, gowns, and gauze—each valued at $5,000 per unit and designed to serve approximately 7,500 people—over the next three years. World Vision will distribute the units to its local community partners providing care to refugees living in areas that World Vision determines to be in greatest need, such as refugee camps or communities with large populations of displaced people. The donation is part of the Henry Schein Private Brand Donation Program, an initiative of Henry Schein Cares, the Company's global social responsibility program.
"This donation will ensure that the medical professionals working with World Vision and their partners have the necessary supplies to provide crucial care to refugees throughout the world, including the men, women, and children affected by the devastating crisis in Syria," said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein, Inc. "World Vision shares Henry Schein's commitment to 'helping health happen,' and we are proud to partner with an organization that is guided by principles that so closely mirror our own."
According to World Vision, 4.3 million Syrians are refugees and another 6.6 million have been displaced within Syria. Nearly half of both groups are children. Most of the refugees remain in the Middle East, in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, and Egypt. Slightly more than 10 percent of refugees have traveled to Europe. Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Millions have been forced to quit school.
"We are incredibly thankful to Henry Schein for this generous donation, and for sharing World Vision's commitment to helping those most in need," said Richard Stearns, President of World Vision USA. "The Syrian conflict, in particular, has affected millions of innocent lives and left families and communities in dire need of help. World Vision is committed to providing that help, and Henry Schein's support helps ensure that we have the supplies needed to address the health needs of thousands of displaced people."
World Vision has been one of Henry Schein's strategic NGO partners since 2014. During this time, Henry has donated more than $1 million in health care supplies to support World Vision's relief efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Swaziland, Ghana, Somalia, and Zimbabwe.
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, visit www.WorldVision.org/press or on Twitter @WorldVisionNews.
About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.
Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of "doing well by doing good." Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. "Helping Health Happen Blog" is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance
to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.
About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ:HSIC) is the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The Company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the NASDAQ 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 18,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than one million customers.
The Company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 100,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 150,000 additional products available as special-order items. The Company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.
Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 33 countries. The Company's sales reached a record $10.4 billion in 2014, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 16 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.
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