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Multinational research-based pharmaceutical manufacturers are not only doing business for profit with their investments in foreign countries. They are also giving back to society in the country they are invested in through corporate social responsibility (CSR), making it an integrated part of their strategies and operations. As a responsible corporate citizen, multinational research-base pharmaceutical manufacturers engage in various CSR activities either through the association or individually. In this section, you may find information about CSR activities conducted by IFPMA, the global pharmaceutical association which IPMG belongs to, in the global level, as well as by IPMG and its members in Indonesia.

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IPMG Announces 2012 IPMG Scholarship
IPMG has again offered scholarship to students of the Bandung Institute of Technology’s School of Pharmacy (SF-ITB). Mae Lutfiyah and As Onima Caecilia have been named recipients of the IPMG Scholarship for the 2012/2013 academic year.

IPMG Chairman Luthfi Mardiansyah said the scholarship program is in line with IPMG’s mission to contribute positively as a working partner to the government to the advancement of public health quality.

“IPMG Scholarship is also a realization of our commitment to help progress the Indonesian pharmacy, particularly through the strengthening of pharmacy professionals’ capacity and performance,” Luthfi said.

IPMG first announced the IPMG Scholarship program in 2007. The scholarship aims to help academically qualified students of the pharmacist program at SF-ITB overcoming financial barriers so that they could complete the one-year professional apothecary program. Scholarship recipients were selected following a series of test and interview.*
IPMG’s Posyandu Empowerment Program Continues

IPMG continued this year its Posyandu Empowerment program, a corporate social responsibility initiative aiming at optimizing healthcare services provided at Posyandus and improving the capacity of Posyandu cadres in order to prevent and reduce problems of malnutrition among infants and toddlers.

Implemented in partnership with SEMAK Foundation, the Posyandu Empowerment has selected three villages, namely Singajaya, Tanjungjaya and Mekarmukti, in Cihampelas district, West Bandung regency, West Java, as its working area in 2012.

“Strengthening the healthcare service at Posyandu and the capacity of its cadres is necessary considering Posyandu’s role as key provider of primary healthcare, including in minimizing malnutrition problems among infants and toddlers,” said IPMG Executive Director, Parulian Simanjuntak.

This year, the program will conduct regular trainings for Posyandu cadres in the three villages and run health education activities to raise the awareness of healthy lifestyle, proper child feeding pattern and early childhood development among expecting mothers and those with infants and toddlers.

“Since this is a community-based empowerment program, the entire activities will strongly encourage active participation from Posyandu cadres, the mothers and local health sector stakeholders starting from the problem identification stage through action plan development and implementation to program evaluation,” Parulian said.

The program is expected to improve the quality of healthcare provided at Posyandus in the three villages. Currently, most of the Posyandus do not have regular healthcare programs due to limited number of cadres, whom skills and knowledge on nutrition and child health are lacking, and also because of limited support from local health sector stakeholders.

The Posyandu Empowerment program is also expected to improve the awareness and knowledge among mothers, particularly those from poor families with children whose nutritional level is below the red line (BGM), about the importance of healthy lifestyle and diet patterns as well as good child rearing practices.  Results from village mapping and problem identification showed that negative perceptions toward childhood vaccination still widely held and that the awareness of Posyandu and its healthcare service among the villagers is quite low.

In its implementation in two different villages (Campaka Mekar and Togapapu) in 2011, the program helped local Posyandus optimizing their services by increasing the number of cadres and improving their knowledge and skills. Health education provided to the mothers and healthy child rearing practices demonstrated by several local families selected as role model had encouraged local communities to take full advantage of the healthcare services available at their local Posyandus.

Since its establishment in 2002, IPMG has carried out a number of CSR programs in the field that reflects the core business and competence of its 24 members, namely health. The past programs included anemia eradication program in Jakarta, Thousand Islands and West Java and humanitarian aid for survivors of the natural disasters in Yogyakarta and Padang. Annually, IPMG also offers scholarship for selected students of the Bandung Institute of Technology’s School of Pharmacy.*

IPMG Wraps Up Posyandu Empowerment Program
IPMG Announces 2011 IPMG Scholarship
IPMG Announces 2010 IPMG Scholarship
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Inauguration of the village health post facilitated by Astellas in Pontang Legon village on March 11, 2010 was witnessed by (left to right) dr. Bahrum Rangkuti (Head of Puskesmas Tirtayasa in, Serang regency), Budiwan Sumarsono (Managing Director of PT Astellas Pharma Indonesia ), Fujio Kitamura (Corporate Executive Vice President General Affairs of Astellas Pharma Inc.), and Shingo Iwamoto (President Director of PT Astellas Pharma Indonesia).
Astellas facilitates establishment of village health post in Pontang Legon
Astellas Pharma Inc through the NGO People's HOPE-Japan facilitated the establishment of a village health post (Poskesdes) completed the necessary medical equipment in Pontang Legon village, Serang, Banten.

Previously, giving birth at home assisted by midwives, who were not staying, without adequate health facilities was a common practice in Pontang Legon. Consequently, problems often arose during labor, leading to high infant mortality rates.

Inaugurated on March 11, 2010, the village health post provides 24-hour midwifery and health services, including pregnancy examination and pre- and post-natal health care.

The establishment of the village health post is expected to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations, particularly in terms of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health.
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