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Empowering Change 
on the frontlines of health

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) operates as a network of private development agencies, covering a wide remit of sectors, including health and education, in some of the poorest countries in the world. AKDN is a Partner of the Trust and shares a long-term commitment of over 16 years to helping communities in the developing world improve local capacities in three critical areas: Nursing and Midwifery, Early Childhood Development, and Community Health Care.

AKDN has been a partner of the Secondment Program since 2014. Since then, 21 J&J employees shared their skills and experiences with AKDN in long-term (4-6 months) and/or short-term, virtual/strategic advisory roles (20%, 4-6 months) in the field of Nursing & Midwifery, Early Childhood Development and Community Health Care. This year, another J&J change maker will use his talent for good to support the NGO in the field of Development & Community Health Care. He will develop the marketing communication strategy for the ‘Care Givers Program.

Creating continuity to sustain programs

In East Africa, nurses and midwives are the main providers of health services and the first point of access for most people seeking care, but they face a number of challenges from low pay and poor working conditions to very limited representation in government and policy making. Since 2014, the Secondment Program has helped to strengthen nursing and midwifery associations across East Africa through a continuation of role. To date, five secondees have worked with the Aga Khan University School of Nursing & Midwifery in East Africa, to further build on the collective impact generated by previous secondees and support the development and positioning of professional associations. 

Hear from Sabine Scheppe, one of J&J’s corporate volunteers how she has been using her talent for good

Launched in 2014, the Secondment Program provides Johnson & Johnson employees with the unique opportunity to give back to society by sharing their business skills and knowledge with our NGO partner organizations in the long-term (up to six months). By working with our partners in a holistic approach we can evolve and integrate the program, and fully leverage the skills of our employees to address our partners’ greatest needs. Learn more from one of our J&J’s change-makers how she is using her skills and knowledge to transform health systems.

Professional nursing & midwifery associations are an important cornerstone in ensuring health systems quality. Each secondee has come with expert skills which combined with their extensive commitment to mentoring provides a very effective win/win model of sustainable capacity development. The Secondment Program has effectively strengthened the effectiveness and sustainability of our health capacity development.

Professor Sharon Brownie, Former Dean School of Nursing & Midwifery East Africa, Aga Khan University


Opening Doors to Life-long Learning
By Ramiz Allafi

I began working for Johnson & Johnson five years ago. During this time, I have always wondered about the extent of our Company’s corporate social responsibility footprint, and how I could contribute to our impact around the world.
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“What is a J&J Secondment and how does it work?”
By Alice Cortivo

I get a lot of questions whenever I mention that I am working for an international NGO but am still an employee of Johnson & Johnson.
“How could this unusual combination be possible?” “How does it work?” “How does every party involved benefit from it?”
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In 2017, the Trust engaged with 46 partners in 31 countries delivering over 

£2.8 million to programs within the EMEA region benefitting 643,700 beneficiaries (excluding Donor Advised Funds).

In 2017, the Trust engaged with 46 partners in 31 countries delivering over
£2.8 million to programs within the EMEA region benefitting 643,700 beneficiaries (excluding Donor Advised Funds).