GSK strengthens commitment to address major public health challenges in China
22 November 2016
GSK China today announced it will form a strategic partnership with China Preventive Medicine Association (CPMA) under the guidance of National Health and Family Planning Commission of China (NHFPC). Within a three-year strategic collaboration framework, GSK China and CPMA will work closely together to address major public health challenges in China, including training to enhance capability building of prevenetion and vaccination workers in China, as well as disease awareness education to prevent major diseases such HIV, HBV and cervical cancer, to contribute to the speedy implementation of “Healthy China” Campaign.
Recenly, the Chinese government issued new regulations on the administration of vaccines distribution to further improve the quality and safety of vaccination in the country. GSK China fully supports the implementation of the new regulations, and will work together with CMPA on disease prevention education, as well as training of prevention and vaccination workers in the network of Disease Control Centre of China (CDC) to further enhance their capabilities, aiming to play an active role in the continuous improvement of China's healthcare infrastructure. Over the next three years, the training programme under this partnership will cover over 4,000 primary prevention and vaccination workers across the country.
HIV, HBV and cervical cancer are all major public health threats in China. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women aged between 15 to 44 years in China, with an estimated 130,000 new cases each year. Every year, China accounts for more than 28% of the world's cervical cancer cases. Reported by the National Health & Family Planning Commission (NHFPC), in 2014 alone, 104,000 new cases of HIV infection were reported in China, a 14.8% increase over previous year. Moreover, the percentage of patients 24 years and younger living with HIV has been on the rise year on year. Hepatitis B has been identified as a healthcare priority in China, with approximately 20 million sufferers across the country remaining untreated.
GSK Chief Executive Officer Sir Andrew Witty said, “GSK is committed to China, and we're focusing our commitment on the therapeutic areas where we can make a real difference for the patients and people of China. This means how we can best align our strategy to the social, economic and development needs of China and its people. I see the strategic partnership with CPMA as an opportunity for us to deliver on this promise.”
The collaboration of GSK and CPMA could be traced back to over 10 years ago, and both parties have established mutual respect and a win-win relationship. Recently, GSK worked closely with CPMA on the World Hepatitis Day public education campaign in 2015 and 2016, to contribute to the HBV prevention and treatment efforts led by the Chinese government.
As part of the 'in China, with China, for China' strategy, GSK China has already:
- Announced the approval of Cervarix in China to help protect women from cervical cancer in July 2016
- Announced a Memorandum of Understanding between the GSK Institute for Infectious Diseases and Public Health and Tsinghua University to tackle global public health challenges in June 2016.
- Launched Tivicay, an innovative HIV drug, in June 2016.
- Participated in the national price negotiation pilot and announced a price reduction of our first line chronic hepatitis B treatment, Viread, by up to 67% in May 2016.
- Announced a Beijing-based Institute for Infectious Disease and Public Health to conduct local development programmes for pivotal HIV and TB R&D assets in March 2016.
- Partnered with the National Health and Family Planning Commission on a multi-year programme to fund independent training programmes in Hepatitis and COPD for over 13,000 healthcare professionals from September 2015.
- Formalised a partnership with Shanghai-based Desano Pharmaceuticals to locally manufacture the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient for Tivicay (dolutegravir) in July 2015.
- Transformed our commercial operating model to actively contribute to improving the quality of scientific exchanges with healthcare professionals for the benefit of patients since May 2015.
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