Corporate Social Responsibility
Orved is aware of its responsibility as a global company and as a subject of the global society. If on the one hand we work to satisfy our customers, on the other we are not indifferent to the major issues of migration and health equity. Since 2017, we have chosen to embrace the mission of Amref Health Africa, the main non-profit health organisation in East Africa, because we believe in the universal right to health and in the need of supporting development interventions which can generate sustainable impact.
Malnutrition, understood as undernourishment, but also as inadequate food intake, is a major cause of infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya, children’s lives are at risk even in the first hours of life, due to lack of good practices and because women are not aware of the importance of breastfeeding, but also due to the lack of food to which mothers themselves have access . Nutrition is often not age-appropriate in terms of quality, quantity and frequency, therefore, after weaning, the deficiency of vitamin A, zinc and iron weakens children's physique, seriously compromising their physical and mental development. In Kenya today 2.1 million children are seriously underweight and malnutrition, increasing the risks of contracting diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria, pneumonia, contributes to 45% of deaths in the first 5 years of life.
The project aims at addressing the problems related to malnutrition in one of the areas of Kenya most affected by this phenomenon: the Siaya County, in the western area of the country. Amref operates with an integrated approach, involving communities with service delivery strategies that can reach the poorest areas of the country, and training staff to promote interventions aimed at preventing malnutrition and micronutrient deficiencies in mothers and their children.
In 2017 Orved contributed to: 'Train 12 nutrition experts and 360 community health workers on how to identify cases of malnutrition and how to intervene promptly even without the presence of a specialised physician. Restructure and supply 20 peripheral health centres with medicines, vitamins, protein foods, iron, zinc, folic acid supplements, beds, scales, medical equipment. 'Realise 30 outreaches in kindergartens, which Amref supports through various services, including vaccinations, medical examinations, administration of micronutrients, vitamins, protein foods, awareness for good hygiene practices and health issues.’ Promote health in 30 high schools.
Specifically, 100 pregnant women received folic acid, 800 children received vitamin A supplement, 759 children benefited from de-worming and 60 were vaccinated.