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Astellas
Global Health Foundation

The Astellas and the Astellas Global Health Foundation partnerships with Americares have evolved over the last decade to become one of Americares most dynamic partners in emergency response, clinical services and community health.

Astellas is a research-based global pharmaceutical company committed to advancing innovative medical solutions for patients, particularly in key focus areas including oncology, immunology, cardiology, urology and neuroscience, while also advancing new areas such as cell and gene therapy, ophthalmology and muscle diseases. The company’s commitment to CSR and philanthropy has driven a strong partnership with Americares that has helped move the needle in several program areas. Astellas support has included a donation for Americares clinics for Venezuelan migrants.

The partnership the Astellas Global Health Foundation’s legacy philanthropic entity, the Astellas USA Foundation, has had with Americares has included strengthening health care for un- and under-insured Americans who rely on the Free and Charitable Clinic sector; funding Medical Outreach volunteers as they deliver health and hope to some of the poorest places in the world; responding to major disasters at home and abroad; and, most recently, a grant from the Astellas Global Health Foundation to support Americares rural clinic in El Salvador.

Americares El Salvador Clinic

Program Highlight

In 2020, the Astellas Global Health Foundation began providing transformational support to Americares Family Clinic in rural Usulután, El Salvador. The clinic is small but mighty—providing high-quality, affordable clinical consultations—more than 78,000 in 2018-19. The project is strengthening community resilience through clinical, community health and disaster preparedness efforts using a multi-layered approach to promoting health and resilience in some of the most impoverished communities in the region. The project also includes a poverty access fund set up to ensure that even those who are the most remote or who have the least amount of resources can receive the ongoing, compassionate care they need at the clinic.

A health worker at Americares Family Clinic in Santiago de María, San Salvador, teaches two young patients how to wash their hands.

El Salvador Health Program in Action

The Astellas Global Health Foundation recently awarded Americares $600,000 to support its health and resiliency programming in El Salvador, helping to ensure the health-focused relief and development organization can continue providing quality health services for vulnerable families like Susy’s. 

In 2020, Percival Barretto-Ko, President of Astellas Pharma U.S., joined Americares Board of Directors. Mr. Barretto-Ko brings to the board extensive experience in the global pharmaceutical industry, including several senior leadership positions in general management, corporate strategy and business development.

“The Americares Board of Directors’ singular focus on improving health for global communities affected by poverty or disaster is directly aligned with Astellas’ mission to support healthy living for people around the world…It is an honor and privilege to be a part of the Americares team.”

Percival Barretto-Ko, President of Astellas Pharma U.S.

Astellas Pharma U.S. President Percival Barretto-Ko

About Astellas and The Astellas Global Health Foundation

Astellas Pharma Inc., based in Tokyo, Japan, is a company dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the provision of innovative and reliable pharmaceutical products. At Astellas, our responsibility extends beyond our medical innovations, so we hold ourselves accountable to our community and to those with whom we work and partner. Each day, we strive to build a brighter future for patients, customers, our community and each other by changing tomorrow.

The Astellas Global Health Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit corporation that awards grants to support charitable purposes with a focus on improving access to health in underserved global communities, building resilient communities and providing disaster support in order to make a sustainable impact on the health of people around the world, working toward “One World, A Healthier Tomorrow.”