Focus Issues

For improved health care provision worldwide

In 2009 Bayer developed a Sustainability Program. The program places special importance on alliances for sustainable health care, innovative partnerships to improve the supply of high-quality food.

<strong>Family planning:</strong> Women in developing and emerging countries should be able to take control of their own lives. Working with partners, Bayer aims through the provision of more health information and education to reduce the risks associated with unplanned pregnancies and unsafe terminations.Zoom image
Family planning: Women in developing and emerging countries should be able to take control of their own lives. Working with partners, Bayer aims through the provision of more health information and education to reduce the risks associated with unplanned pregnancies and unsafe terminations.

Some two billion of the more than seven billion people living on Earth do not have adequate basic health care. The growing world population – above all in developing countries and emerging markets – and demographic change in numerous industrialized nations are making it increasingly difficult to ensure adequate health care provision for the entire planet.


Bayer is facing up to this challenge in keeping with its mission “Bayer: Science For A Better Life.” Thanks to our strategic commitment, the services of our HealthCare business – high-quality drug products and treatments – are being made available to patients across the globe in countless programs.


The problem of inadequate health care in many countries will not be solved by individual companies and organizations acting alone, though, so a key focal point of our commitment is long-term cooperation with recognized aid organizations and international bodies.

Improving access to medicine

Through alliances for sustainable health care, Bayer is actively involved where need exists and its own expertise is greatest. “We want people to share in medical progress, regardless of their income or where they live. Ensuring global medical care is not a task that any aid organization, government, company or research institute can tackle alone. Only a network of strong partners can make things happen,” states Professor Wolfgang Plischke, member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG and interim head of Bayer Healt Care.

Objectives of the Sustainability Program: Lighthouse projects

“Family Planning”

  • Introduce original products (oral contraceptives) at prices in line with the local market in 11 African countries jointly with USAID 
  • Increase deliveries of contraceptives together with partners (e.g.USAID, UNFPA, IPPF)

“Neglected Diseases”

  • Support the WHO in the battle against Chagas disease
  • Goal: Bring Chagas disease under control by 2020

Read more about the Lighthouse projects in our Sustainable Development Report 2012.

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