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Pfizer Pakistan donates pneumonia vaccine (Oct 14 2011)

Karachi, October 14, 2011: As part of its corporate responsibility initiatives, Pfizer Pakistan is donating doses of its pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to health-based not-for-profit organizations.

These organizations expressed their interest to Pfizer to reach out to communities who don’t have access to this vaccine and are playing a key role in spreading awareness for pneumococcal disease. The NGOs will be receiving specified doses of the vaccine by the end of October 2011 with the aim to vaccinate underprivileged children through their health centers spread across the country. “Pfizer has been active in raising awareness levels for this disease, and now we have made this contribution which shows Pfizer’s commitment to the communities we operate in,” said Abdul Majeed, Country Manager, Pfizer Pakistan.

Access to medicine and treatments is one of Pfizer’s key goals, public service and disease awareness plays a vital role in achieving this objective but at the same time, to the underprivileged families affordability often times is a hurdle to prevention. Ahmer Ashraf, Head of Public Affairs said “Pfizer has engaged in a number of awareness activities around Invasive Pneumococcal Disease and particularly, pneumonia, in the last year. The vaccine will be administered to children from mostly the rural backgrounds, in the coming months, as per the community service plans of these NGOs.”

Many underprivileged children do not have access to the vaccine as it is not yet available in the Expanded Program for Immunization (EPI) in Pakistan, which is a government run program.

Pfizer Pakistan has historically made contributions in the area of corporate responsibility as it remains committed to doing business responsibly and hopes to continue such initiatives in the future as well.