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Working on the Front Lines of Care

By Jane Griffiths, Global Head Actelion and Chair of the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust

When healthy people and families thrive in healthier communities, everything else will follow. At the heart of these healthy communities stand the people on the front lines of care – the nurses, caregivers, community health workers, and others who support the world’s most vulnerable every day. Without these skilled individuals, children do not reach developmental milestones, women do not survive childbirth, and youth and adults do not learn the healthy behaviors needed to prevent disease.


At the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Citizenship Trust (Trust), we have dedicated ourselves to helping the individuals on the front lines of care to reach their greatest impact. I am very proud to say that in 2016, we collaborated with 71 partners in 37 countries to reach over half a million beneficiaries across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

In our 2016 Annual Report, you’ll find the human impact stories behind these statistics.  

  • Reaching for the Best in Early Child Care – Learn how home based childminders like Genoveva Cunha are collaboration with Aga Kahn Foundation Portugal to pioneer new approaches to child development.
  • Past the Shame of Troubled Homes: Counseling Youth into Healthy Adulthood – Explore what it’s like to be a camp leader like Jessika Arvik at Maskrobarn’s life changing camps in Sweden.
  • From Clinic to Classroom to Clinic: Frontline Health Innovation for Mobile Populations – Read about INSEAD alum Eston Njagi Nyaga’s fearless approach to improving quality care at North Star Alliance in Kenya.
  • Nurse Caroline Ndichu: A Master of All Trades – Discover what it takes to successfully run a community health center in Kenya with Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery graduate Caroline Ndichu.
  • Accelerating Impact Through Meaningful Connection and Innovation – Learn about entrepreneur Michael Seo’s journey building a social enterprise model to deliver quality, affordable care for low income familes in Kenya.
  • Triple Win Secondments: Healthy Communities, Inspired Employees, and an Energized Company – Read about Josi Wey’s secondment with SOS Children’s Villages International fighiting cervical cancer through TV and radio in The Gambia.
  • Delivering Holistic Health Care for the Homeless – Find out how Johnson & Johnson and Diakonie Dusseldorf’s project is redefining corporate partnerships in Germany and opening new doors of opportunity for the homeless and employees.
  • Building the Resilience of Refugee Children – See how Save the Children is training teachers to help Syrian refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon reclaim their childhood in the classroom.

Thank you to all our partners for their continuous support and dedication to creating a healthier world.

You can download the full annual report here.