Our mission to strengthen local healthcare systems has to start at home

Roger Connor, Global Manufacturing President, GSK and Judging Chair of the GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards, explains why supporting local healthcare charities is a vital part of GSK’s mission

At GSK, we’re targeting ‘Health for all’. We know our medicines, vaccines and consumer healthcare products are improving quality of life for patients and consumers around the world. But to achieve our mission of helping people do more, feel better and live longer, strengthening local healthcare systems is vital to ensuring people get the help and support they need, where and when they need it.

This is a complex global challenge. I’m incredibly proud of the work GSK is doing in the world’s poorest countries to train and support frontline health workers, through our commitment to reinvest 20% of our profits back into improving the healthcare infrastructure in those countries. We also have an innovative five-year partnership with Save the Children aiming to save the lives of one million children through combining our expertise, resources and capabilities with their on-the-ground knowledge and access.

For me, bringing the GSK IMPACT Awards, which have run in the UK and US for twenty years, to Ireland, in 2015, is a huge opportunity to recognise and acknowledge fantastic work being done to strengthen healthcare by some truly sensational organisations much closer to home.

The GSK Ireland IMPACT Awards recognise and reward community-based charities that work to improve health and wellbeing. Charities which enter the awards are judged on their strengths in innovation, management, partnership, community focus and targeting need as well as their overall achievement. It’s a rigorous judging process. In my role as Chair of the Judging Panel in these past three years, I’ve been moved by some of the amazing stories we have heard, and impressed by the strength of purpose these charities have shown. I’m delighted that we’re able to recognise another group of five winning charities this year.

The winning charities will receive a donation of €10,000 in unrestricted funding, a promotional film for them to use to raise awareness of the work they are doing and a photography package.  Our runners up will receive a donation of €2,000.
We know communities need these charities to keep delivering their services for years to come, and we’re committed to playing our part in supporting them to do so.

I’d like to extend a huge “congratulations” to all of this year’s winning charities and our very worthy runners up. I look forward to hearing how these charities develop over the coming years.