We view corporate citizenship and social responsibility as fundamental to our role as a member of the global community.
By supporting the communities in which we operate and investing in broader healthcare issues, we believe that we can create positive change. Discover how we are continually striving to do that through our key initiatives concerning access to healthcare, malaria eradication, HIV testing and treatment and community engagement.
Approximately 3.2 billion people are at risk of malaria, with children under 5 years at the highest risk.1
To address this global burden, we're partnering with Malaria No More, a global nonprofit with the mission to mobilize global resources required to achieve malaria eradication by 2040.
Through Malaria No More, we donated two million malaria tests to health clinics in Africa in order to screen children who may have a malaria infection. To treat malaria appropriately requires accurate testing and diagnosis. This, in turn, can stop the spread of the disease and save a life. Our efforts were recognized in November 2014, when we received the Corporate Citizenship Award for our diagnostic leadership in the fight against malaria.
Moving forward, we will continue to help this cause by developing new, highly sensitive tests to detect parasite infection in people who are infected, but asymptomatic. These tests will be critical for elimination, as we will need to find and treat people who have no fever and no visible symptoms.
Zambia, Nigeria and Chad
SD Bioline Malaria Ag P.f.
HIV Continuum of Care
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV at the end of 2015 and approximately 54% of those living with HIV don’t know their status.1
In order to help improve access to HIV testing and treatment, we are partnering with the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Population Services International (PSI) and the Organisation of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA) to donate and distribute our HIV tests to the most affected regions throughout Africa and Asia, and provide individuals with the resources for timely health management options.
In 2014, we announced our donation of Alere SD HIV/Syphilis Duo rapid tests to countries in Africa to support OAFLA’s efforts to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and syphilis, help pregnant women and adolescent girls know their HIV status and reduce child mortality in the continent. In September 2015, we doubled our commitment to reach an additional 500,000 pregnant women, infants, adolescents and other at-risk populations with screening and prevention services.
Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Comoros, Congo, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Guinea, Namibia, Malawi
In August 2015, we provided a grant to the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation to support its Tutu Teen Truck Project, a self-sufficient mobile healthcare unit that will be used to provide counseling and healthcare services to youth in Cape Town’s underserved communities. According to the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation’s research, adolescents are more likely to access mobile healthcare services than traditional facilities.
Alere Pima™ CD4
Alere Fellows is an international program that places two Alere employees in assignments around critical, healthcare challenges. During the assignments, Fellows use their clinical and business expertise to help promote access, quality, and efficiency of health services for people in greatest need.
In 2015, our two Alere Fellows, Leanne Shearman and Dan de la Vega, spent 12 weeks with PSI in Washington, DC and Swaziland. In the end, Dan and Leanne developed tools to help healthcare workers link newly diagnosed HIV patients to care.
Alere Serves—our company-wide employee volunteer program.
We believe it is important to give back to the communities in which we operate – it is part of being a good corporate citizen. Alere Serves is our company-wide employee volunteer program, which provides opportunities for associates around the world to make a difference in their local communities.
Alere Serves allows employee volunteers to create lasting, meaningful impact with nonprofit organizations. We work in teams all over the world to support food donation banks, rebuild damaged animal shelters, serve meals at community kitchens, organize projects for special needs camps, harvest crops at sustainable farms and help less fortunate children get ready for back-to-school.
- WHO, Malaria Fact Sheet, http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/ Accessed October 2015.
- United Nations, “The Millennium Development Goals Report,” 2015 http://mdgs.un.org/unsd/mdg/Resources/Static/Products/Progress2015/English2015.pdf