Healthcare Support Activities: Otsuka Welfare Clinic
Otsuka Welfare Clinic
Otsuka Welfare Clinic
In 2003, the Otsuka group established the Otsuka Welfare Clinic in Peshawar, Pakistan, to provide medical treatment to Afghan refugees.
In recent history, millions of Afghan refugees have entered Pakistan, where many of them have been unable to receive satisfactory medical treatment. Driven by a strong desire to contribute to the health of all in the community, Otsuka, as a healthcare company operating in Asian and Arab countries, decided to establish a clinic and provide free medical treatment to refugees and others in need. Otsuka Pharmaceutical and the 23 group companies that operate in Asian and Arab countries jointly set up the Otsuka Welfare Clinic, which has operated for 14 years. To date, more than 800,000 people have benefited from the treatment and care provided.
Following the clinic’s tenth year of operations, Otsuka Pharmaceutical was awarded the Japanese Foreign Minister’s Commendation in 2014. The honor is given to individuals and groups that have had great success in promoting friendly relations between Japan and other countries.
The Otsuka group including Otsuka Pakistan will continue to engage in community-based support activities in order to contribute to people’s health.
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Syed Sabir Ullah Otsuka Welfare Clinic
Public Relations Officer
I feel fortunate to be part of Otsuka Welfare Clinic since its inauguration in June 2003. This clinic was set up in Peshawar by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. with its 23 affiliates, with the aim to contribute to the health of Afghan Refugees and patients from the surrounding areas. My responsibilities are: the support of the clinic’s staff, including 3 doctors; procurement of medicine; and, the compilation and forwarding of reports to the head office of Otsuka Pakistan and the Pakistani Health Department. It’s a matter of great pride for me to be able to actively contribute to society in such a way. On average, some 162 patients visit our Welfare Clinic each day and receive free medical treatment and medicine. It’s an honor to be able to provide healthcare facilities to more than 885,000 patients to date.
Otsuka is committed to continuing the provision of healthcare to the patients at Otsuka Welfare Clinic; we are determined to actively contribute to the ongoing needs of society. We believe that contributing to patient’s needs is the right thing to do, and we are determined to continue this ongoing effort.
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Sub-Rural Health Center in Myanmar
Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Sub-rural health center
In Myanmar, births typically occur at home with a midwife in attendance, and provision of health services for infants and expectant and nursing mothers can be a significant challenge. Through the non-governmental organization, People's Hope Japan (PHJ), Otsuka Pharmaceutical donated a sub-rural health center to Allel Kyun in Tutkon Township, a rural village in the northern part of Myanmar's capital city, Nay Pyi Taw, in 2016. Allel Kyum was chosen as the site for the new center at the request of the Myanmar Ministry of Health due to the lack of nearby hospital facilities for childbirth. Midwives are stationed at the clinic, where, in addition to childbirth assistance, basic treatment and ongoing health education are provided to expectant women and other villagers. Otsuka Pharmaceutical has provided support for various PHJ projects in the past, including donations of auto rickshaws (tuk-tuks) to transport expectant women in emergencies in Cambodia.
Health Promotion, Disaster Prevention and Relief Activities
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory: Emergency drill together with the community
Relief work for the Kumamoto, Japan earthquake
The Otsuka group of companies works with communities to engage in health awareness, disaster preparedness, and disaster relief programs.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical uses the knowledge gained through product research and development, and awareness-raising activities related to health, to promote activities for the treatment of heat disorders, prevention of lifestyle-related diseases, improvement of health through sports, nutritional education, women’s health, and establishment of disaster preparedness and relief measures. The company is also working collaboratively with local communities to help address social issues.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory coordinates with local residents on disaster prevention and preparedness systems, and actively promotes disaster preparedness measures with local governments. Located near the coast, the company's headquarters has made the rooftop of its factory building available to local residents as a temporary evacuation site in the event of a tsunami. It also provides storage for disaster preparedness equipment and supplies. The company holds explanatory meetings for local residents and other stakeholders concerning its business continuity plan initiatives, as well as facility tours and joint tsunami evacuation drills. In recognition of these efforts, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory and the neighborhood volunteer disaster prevention association were selected as a Model Disaster Prevention District for fiscal 2015 under the district disaster prevention plan being promoted by Japan's Cabinet Office. The company was also recognized in the 2016 White Paper on Disaster Management issued by the Cabinet Office of the government of Japan.
Otsuka Foods has concluded agreements with 19 local governments in Japan to provide relief supplies in the event of a disaster.
The Otsuka group also provides relief supplies such as POCARI SWEAT and Calorie Mate to areas affected by natural disasters. Shortly after the Kumamoto earthquake in April 2016, the group provided aid in the form of approximately 620,000 meals (food and beverages) and approximately 15,000 hygiene products. Group companies outside Japan also provide relief supplies to areas affected by natural disasters. At the end of 2016, when heavy rain and flooding caused damage in southern Thailand, Thai Otsuka Pharmaceutical donated 8,000 IV solution packs and about 34,000 bottles of POCARI SWEAT through the National Congress. The group also delivered relief supplies such as IV solutions and POCARI SWEAT to survivors of the 2016 Aceh earthquake in Indonesia.
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Participation in Community Events
Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Otsuka ren dance groups
EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Hanamaki Festival
EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Volunteers participating in the National Sports Festival held in Iwate
The Otsuka group, with its origins in Tokushima Prefecture, is proud to participate in maintaining exemplary, local cultural activities, such as the Awa Odori, one of the Japan’s largest dance festivals, which has a 400-year tradition. Every year, employees from the Otsuka group participate in the festival by organizing four dance groups, called ren, made up of employees from six group companies. Otsuka employees help promote this traditional festival by participating as both dancers and spectators in this exciting dance.
With its head office in Hanamaki City, EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical has participated every year since 2003 in the splendid Hanamaki Festival, an event dating back four centuries. The company actively participates in other events in Iwate Prefecture, such as the 2016 Iwate National Sports Festival, where employees work as volunteers.
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Support for Cancer Patients
Astex: Employees and their families participating in a charity event
Every year since 2000, Astex employees and their families have taken part in the Light The Night of East Bay event in Walnut Creek, California to raise awareness and much-needed funds to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). The LLS is the largest voluntary organization in the US dedicated to research, finding cures, and ensuring access to treatment for blood cancer patients. Light The Night draws nearly one million participants throughout the year in over 160 evening events across the US. To date, Astex and its employees have contributed over $465,000 to the LLS.
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Participation in Charity Events
Taiho Oncology: Taking part in the Undy Run/Walk campaign held by the Colon Cancer Alliance to raise awareness of colon cancer.
Taiho Oncology participates in charity events and other fundraising for patient support, disease awareness, and research support. The company participates in various activities throughout the year, especially raising awareness for colorectal cancer. The activities include sponsorship and participation in a charity organized by a local colorectal cancer patient group, as well as raising donations for colorectal cancer prevention, research and development, and patient support.
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Improving School Facilities
Thai Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Music room at Watthanon Kaphrao primary school
Thai Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Students playing traditional instruments
Thai Otsuka Pharmaceutical, with the participation of 110 employees, donated funds and volunteered their time for the construction of facilities at Watthanon Kaphrao primary school in Rayong Province in 2016. The project involved construction and renovation work for the creation of a music room with Thai traditional musical instruments, a bakery, a play room, and a nurse's office, as well as painting the school walls and planting trees. Upon completion, a donation presentation ceremony was held for school personnel, as well as invited guests that included local educators and administrative officials.
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Providing Hope to Cambodian Children
Korea Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Prum elementary school
Korea Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Completion ceremony
At Korea Otsuka Pharmaceutical, income generated by its employee cafeteria is donated to projects in developing countries, such as educational support and drilling water wells. The latest education support project covered everything from choosing a recipient elementary school to its remodeling. The old classrooms of Prum elementary school in Cambodia's Prey Veng Province had wooden posts and old tile roofs. They were completely replaced, and furniture such as chairs and desks were also replaced. In March 2017, a completion ceremony was held for the newly renovated school.
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Monthly Volunteer Activities on “ION Day”
Dong-A Otsuka: ION Day activity
Since July 2009, Dong-A Otsuka in South Korea has marked the 25th of every month as ION Day.
The approximately 100 employees who work at the company headquarters take turns performing volunteer activities and distributing products. Employees visit local educational institutions and provide teacher assistance in after-school learning and club activities, such as sports or cooking classes. By establishing ION Day as part of its company culture, the company continues to promote individual volunteer activities in communities.
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SATU HATI Programs in Indonesia
PT Amerta Indah Otsuka: SATU HATI Sehatkan Bangsa
PT Amerta Indah Otsuka: Environmental awareness lecture
In Indonesia, PT Amerta Indah Otsuka (AIO) has held SATU HATI (One Heart) charity events since 2007. These events to date have funded the construction of 28 libraries and the donation of 124,000 books.
At the Kejayan Plant production site for POCARI SWEAT in East Java, the company has sponsored the SATU HATI School, a program at the Kejayan Factory to tutor children in science and math.
AIO is committed to making a positive contribution through their SATU HATI CSR programs. AIO has taken a leading role in supporting efforts to collect and reduce trash in the local community surrounding the factory in the Sukabumi Area, West Java. This project is called SATU HATI Sehatkan Bangsa, which translates as ‘One Heart to a Healthier Nation.’ In the AIO-supported effort, the refuse previously left on the streets is collected in specially provided bins; this effort educates residents on the importance to the environment of waste separation and recycling. In Indonesia, the impact on the environment from littering has become an increasingly critical issue. In 2016, in recognition of this issue, the AIO started this project. Roughly 300 families in the community around the Sukabumi factory attended environmental awareness lectures that year.
- Supporting the People of Indonesia in Education, Environment and Health
Pratiwi Juniarsih Corporate Affairs Director
PT Amerta Indah Otsuka
AIO through its three pillars of CSR—SATU HATI Cerdaskan Bangsa (One Heart to Educate the Nation), SATU HATI Peduli Lingkungan (One Heart Cares for the Environment), and SATU HATI Sehatkan Bangsa (One Heart to a Healthier Nation)—is committed to making a positive contribution to Indonesia.
SATU HATI Cerdaskan Bangsa has already built 28 libraries, donated more than 124,000 books, and operates a learning center in Kejayan Factory.
SATU HATI Peduli Lingkungan adopts trees (25,000 trees in the Sukabumi Factory; and 12,500 trees in the Kejayan Factory), cleans beaches, and works to revitalize urban forests.
SATU HATI Sehatkan Bangsa supports to maintain and develop the Mom & Child Clinic to improve people’s health in the community.
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Support Through Education
Eco-School Adoption Program
Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Life Studies Through Cancer
Since 2007, in Japan, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Chemical, and Taiho Pharmaceutical have participated in Eco-School Adoption Program activities through agreements with local schools. As indicated by the program name, the three group companies support environmental-learning activities in their “adopted” school. Under a three-year plan for 2016 to 2018, the companies are supporting the activities of Oujin Junior High School in Tokushima City. In fiscal 2016, an Environmental Study Meeting was held as part of year-one efforts to achieve zero school emissions. The event provided an opportunity for students to learn about garbage and related issues. The students also took a tour of Kamikatsu Town in Tokushima Prefecture to learn about advanced measures for zero waste. The results of these investigations were presented at the 10th Tokushima Environmental Learning Forum, and at a Community/Planet Environmental Activity Seminar held at Taiho Pharmaceutical. The Eco-School Adoption Program is expected to become a catalyst for students to examine environmental problems close to home.
Since 2011, Otsuka Pharmaceutical has sponsored a class for junior high school students, Life Studies Through Cancer, organized by LOHAS Medical Japan, A doctor and a cancer patient teach the class of students and their parents, and reflect on the meaning and ways of life. By 2016, more than 10,000 students and their parents from 29 different schools took part in the class.
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Plant Tours for Students
Taiho Pharmaceutical: Factory tour of the Okayama Plant
Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Takasaki Factory
Otsuka group companies proactively welcome visitors to tour their plants. Otsuka Pharmaceutical plants have prepared informative displays and exhibits for visitors to learn not only about manufacturing processes for Otsuka products, but also about health and the environment.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical's Takasaki Factory—manufacturer of POCARI SWEAT, Amino-Value and other products in plastic bottles—has worked to make its factory open and friendly to visitors, for example, by creating an accessible visitor route by installing an elevator. In 2016, the total number of visitors exceeded 100,000.
Since its completion in 2013, Taiho Pharmaceutical’s Kitajima Plant has actively worked with elementary and junior high schools to provide factory tours that help students to learn outside school walls. In fiscal 2016, the plant hosted 46 tours for a total of 898 students.
Otsuka Foods offers tours mainly to elementary schools, as well as children’s and elderly groups in the community. In addition, every year the Shiga Factory provides nearby junior high schools with workplace-experience learning so students can experience the joy and challenges of working life, and apply this experience to their studies.
EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical's Hanamaki Factory provides many factory tours to local high school, technical college, and university students from Iwate Prefecture, as well as to students throughout Japan. An increasing number of these visitors subsequently express an interest in the company and a desire to one day work at the company.
Otsuka Sims (Guangdong) Beverage provides factory tours to so-called left-behind children* in collaboration with the Mental Hygiene Association of the Third People's Hospital of Jiangmen, which provides educational support to the children. The tours are provided at the Jiangmen factory, which produces POCARI SWEAT. The company also conducts health education for the prevention of heat disorders; in 2016, 72 children participated.
* Children whose parents have left to work in urban areas and are being raised by grandparents or other relatives in their hometown. Some left-behind children do not receive adequate education, which has become a social issue.
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Sponsor Workplace Mental Health Initiative
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical
One in five adults in the US experience a diagnosable mental illness in any given year, and many will go untreated. In partnering with the American Psychiatric Association’s Workplace Mental Health Initiative, Otsuka in the US recognizes that respecting and treating mental illness on par with other medical illnesses is the first step to improving employee quality of life as well as improving the performance of the organization. Mental illness should not be considered in isolation from the personal circumstances of each employee. In addition to face-to-face consultation, employees and their families are provided with advice regarding financial, legal, caregiving and parenting issues.
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Otsuka Museum of Art
Van Gogh's Sunflowers
Monet's Water Lilies on display outdoors
In the Tokushima area specifically, the group established the Otsuka Museum of Art in 1998 to mark the 75th anniversary of its founding.
The museum features more than 1,000 replicas of Western masterpieces, from ancient murals to modern works, across four kilometers of display space. The replicas have been produced to original size using the special technology of Otsuka Ohmi Ceramics. This allows visitors to view masterpieces from 190 art museums in 25 countries all under one roof.
The museum’s creative exhibits take advantage of the durability and other benefits of ceramic. A set of six altar panels by El Greco are arranged in their original configuration; a display of da Vinci’s Last Supper compares the painting before and after restoration; and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, which was destroyed by fire in 1945 during the war, has been reproduced for visitors. In addition, the museum displays replicas of Monet's Water Lilies outdoors, in recognition of the painter’s desire that this series be viewed in daylight. This allows visitors to appreciate the works in natural light that changes throughout the day. From June to September, actual water lilies of various hues can also be seen blooming in a pond around the works; this is the best season for enjoying these masterpieces.
Tokushima Vortis Professional Soccer Team
Tokushima Vortis community activities
The Tokushima Vortis professional soccer team was founded in 2004 around a core group of members from the Otsuka Pharmaceutical soccer team. Tokushima Vortis was conceived to revitalize the local community, and with support from the Tokushima Prefecture Board of Education, the team published the Tokushima Challenge Program, a booklet on ways to improve physical strength. The booklet is distributed to elementary school students in the prefecture and available online. Team players also take part in physical education classes at elementary schools to motivate youth and interest them in engaging in physical activities.
The Otsuka group provides support for the soccer team. It helps to promote the athletes’ health and nutrition, sponsors events at the team’s home stadium, and carries out other efforts to develop the local region through soccer.
Track and Field Program Sponsorship
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory: Track and field workshop for junior and senior high school students
The Otsuka Pharmaceutical track and field team includes male and female athletes, some of whom have gone on to compete in the Olympics and world-class sports events. In between their training commitments, team members participate in local school or community track and field programs.
The First Tokushima Athletes’ Meeting was held in December 2016 at the Naruto Otsuka Sports Park POCARI SWEAT Stadium. The aim was to strengthen, raise awareness of, and promote junior athletes in Tokushima Prefecture, in cooperation with the Tokushima Athletics Association. Two athletes from the Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory track and field team gave talks to 50 junior and senior high school students from the prefecture. They spoke on the importance of winter training, technical and mental aspects of training, as well as practical skills and training techniques.
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