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Patients

As the world leader in epilepsy knowledge and treatment, UCB’s initiated several patient initiatives aimed to:

Over the past years, UCB’s CSR department worked together with the partners of the different patient initiatives in Africa and Asia. Building on the experiences and expertise obtained from these initiatives, UCB attempts to increase for underprivileged persons living with epilepsy in resource-limited countries. UCB allocates €1.6 million annually to these CSR initiatives.

In Africa, the Brothers of Charity in Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Kigali (Rwanda) persons living with epilepsy and their families as well as physicians. The Roch Doliveux UCB Pediatric Neurology initiative in Mozambique aims to create an academic neurology platform. Two initiatives selected by UCB colleagues, i.e., Humanity & Inclusion (or Handicap International) in Madagascar and with Duke Neurosurgery and Neurology in Uganda are also yielding the first beneficial results of our collaboration. 
In Asia, UCB supports an initiative of the World Health Organization in Myanmar, the ‘Rainbow Bridge’ initiative of Project HOPE and the Zigong village doctor epilepsy program by the Business Development Center of the Red Cross Society of China.

UCB considers that by raising community epilepsy awareness and understanding, building upon the capabilities, capacity and awareness of health care professionals (at all levels) and community voluntary non-health care workers involved in caring for patients and their families, and ensuring sustainable access to essential anti-epileptic drugs, are key components of success for these initiatives.

Indeed treatment of epilepsy has long been neglected in public health programs despite its high disease burden and major impact on people it affects. People with epilepsy and their families often suffer from stigma and discrimination because of lack of knowledge and understanding about this chronic disease. It is therefore essential to ensure that those in need are able to access treatment by knowledgeable and educated health care professionals, as well as access to information about living with epilepsy.

 

Employee engagement

Employee engagement is a fundamental material aspect of UCB’s strategy. Active interactions between employees are encouraged to appreciate the way we are profoundly connected and how we embrace the insights of patients. The commitment of employees to be ‘inspired by patients, driven by science’ is present every day.

At UCB, we are convinced that by enabling UCB colleagues to understand the patient’s needs, their environment and their challenges, colleagues are stimulated to foster integrated and innovative entrepreneurship and to create circular knowledge sharing amongst colleagues.