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WFP and Takeda strengthen ties to boost health emergency response in West Africa

A contribution from Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) Global CSR Program to the World Food Programme (WFP) has brought forward a five-year initiative to help strengthen regional health supply chain capacities in West Africa

The pharmaceutical company has donated approximately US$10.8mn. Takeda and WFP’s existing partnership has focused on strengthening in-country public health supply chains and supporting long-term pandemic preparedness, combining Takeda’s financial support with WFP’s supply chain knowledge and experience, built over nearly 60 years of working in some of the most logistically-challenging environments in the world.

In West Africa, fragile supply chains can lead to delays and damage in the transport and storage of medicines, leaving vulnerable communities without the help they need. This new initiative, which will run from 2022 to 2026, will build on existing activities as part of the current Takeda-WFP partnership.

WFP’s executive director David Beasley said, “This donation from will help public and private actors in West Africa prepare for, and respond to, health emergencies – so that vital supplies can reach those most in need.”

Takako Ohyabu, chief global corporate affairs officer at Takeda, added, “Through this programme, we are focused on strengthening health systems and our work with WFP continues to be meaningful to employees. As we continue this partnership, we hope to empower communities in West Africa to be ready for the health challenges of the future.”