Johnson & Johnson is delivering some good news to women and children all over the world as it gets ready to launch an aid program that will fund drugs and research for new HIV and Tuberculosis medications. The program being launched is Johnson & Johnson’s response to the United Nations call to meet goals of lowering premature deaths of women and children by the year 2015.
A recent report from Reuters highlights the ways in which Johnson & Johnson has pledged to make a difference in the lives of women and children in developing nations around the world. One way J&J plans to do this is by reaching women via their cell phones. According to the article there are 1 billion women in low to moderate-income countries who own mobile phones. J&J will send free text messages to women in China, India, Mexico, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and South Africa about improving their prenatal health. The texts messages will also be sent to remind women about doctor appointments.
J&J also plans to donate 200 million doses of a drug that fights intestinal worms in children as well as educate the children on how to prevent contracting the intestinal worms in the future. The drug company will also fund research for new HIV and TB medicines and educate HIV positive women on how to prevent passing the disease to their children.
What do you think of the pledge Johnson & Johnson has made to helping women and children in developing nations?
Do you think sending women text messages about prenatal health will help?