Teaming Up to Deliver Disaster Relief in Asia‑Pacific
A brush fire in Australia; typhoons in Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam; earthquakes in Indonesia; a tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga; floods in India; and conflict in Pakistan were among the natural disasters and political turmoil that devastated the Asia-Pacific region during 2009.
Upholding its commitment to helping in the aftermath of disasters, Johnson & Johnson partnered with several organizations to provide relief for those in need. Meanwhile, employees offered their time and resources to help the injured and homeless.
Aid for Countries Hard-Hit by Typhoons
Severe storms and floodwaters struck Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam in 2009. The Company helped many of the displaced and wounded in these countries by donating disaster relief packages that included consumer products, pharmaceuticals, trauma care kits and medical devices.
In the Philippines, typhoons affected 2.5 million people. Johnson & Johnson partnered with AmeriCares, the Asian American Institute, Direct Relief International (DRI), Heart to Heart International, HOPE Worldwide, Medical Teams International, Save the Children and others to provide relief. Employees from Johnson & Johnson Philippines volunteered in soup kitchens, helped package and distribute supplies, and raised funds for organizations like World Vision and the Corporate Network for Disaster Response.
In Vietnam, storms affected more than 200,000 people. The Company partnered with DRI, Save the Children and the Kim Long Charity Clinic to provide relief. Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Inc. and McNeil Consumer Healthcare gave products to AmeriCares and DRI. In addition, Janssen-Cilag Vietnam donated and distributed food to 100 households in Quang Nam. Employee donations from Johnson & Johnson Medical Vietnam helped fund educational kits about disease prevention for more than 400 families.
Many other Johnson & Johnson companies in the region helped raise funds for typhoon victims, such as employees from Johnson & Johnson Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan, who made contributions to UNICEF.
Support after a Tsunami
In October 2009, towering waves slammed into Samoa, American Samoa and Tonga, destroying villages and lives. Johnson & Johnson partnered with DRI and Federally Qualified Health Centers on American Samoa to provide antibiotics and wound care supplies. Several operating companies in the region provided products and monetary support to help those affected by the tsunami. In addition, Johnson & Johnson companies in Australia and New Zealand made donations to the Red Cross.