Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka announce a global partnership for "Making More Health"
Paris, France, 21 June, 2011 -
Boehringer Ingelheim and Ashoka announced today that they will
launch a three-year global initiative to improve health in
communities around the world.The "Making More Health" initiative
will promote healthy individuals, families and communities by
identifying and supporting the most promising solutions to
challenge health problems.
The partnership includes support for a series of programs aimed at identifying innovative health solutions, including the election of 50 leading social entrepreneurs (elected as "Ashoka Fellows") whose ideas are driving cutting-edge systemic solutions in the field of health. In addition, two web-based changemakers competitions will open an invitation to the public to submit new ideas on how to improve health in underserved communities. "Making More Health" will also focus on the next generation of changemakers through a youth venture program to engage young people in designing health solutions for their communities.
Boehringer Ingelheim will support "Making More Health" by engaging its 42,000 employees worldwide in various capacities to help spread an understanding and appreciation of social entrepreneurship and health innovation within their own communities.
"Making More Health brings together two
organizations committed to finding innovative people and ideas to
help shape the future of the health sector," said Professor Dr
Andreas Barner, chairman of the board of managing directors at
Boehringer Ingelheim. "Through this partnership we will bring forth
meaningful and sustainable solutions that can achieve individual
and family well-being in communities around the globe."
Ashoka’s Chair, Bill Drayton, commented: "Some parts of how the world deals with health are highly creative, most especially the development of new pharmaceuticals, an area where Boehringer Ingelheim has made contribution after contribution for 125 years. Much of the rest of the system, however, has fallen way behind the need. The Making More Health partnership creates a global and business/social alliance led by top entrepreneurs and open to all that we believe will bring big changes to the entire system."
To date, "Making More Health" has supported four leading Ashoka social entrepreneurs in the health sector, including Rebecca Onie, founder of Health Leads in the United States; Frank Hoffmann, founder of Discovering Hands in Germany; Guillaume Bapst, founder of ANDES in France; and Luh Ketut Suryani, founder of the Suryani Institute for Mental Health in Indonesia.