Henry Schein Works Towards Creating a Sustainable and Healthy Future for the World’s Refugees
Today, over 65 million people woke up as refugees. These Individuals have been displaced from their homes and communities by natural disasters, conflict, and other crises. During times of displacement, emergency assistance to meet basic human needs is critical. While these needs are many, health is in many ways the overlooked building block critical to supporting other needs and rights.
Henry Schein, Inc.—the world’s largest provider of products and services to office-based dental, animal health, and medical practitioners—and its Chairman and CEO, Stanley M. Bergman, believe that the private sector has a moral obligation to act on behalf of refugees. To that end, the company has taken several steps to expand access to care for these vulnerable populations while also supporting the health care professionals who provide that care.
To support volunteer physicians providing crucial care to Syrian refugees in Europe and Middle East, Henry Schein committed in December 2015 to donate $350,000 in essential health care products to the global humanitarian organization World Vision through 2017. The donation includes 70 units of gloves, masks, gowns, and gauze, and each unit is valued at $5,000 and is designed to serve approximately 7,500 people.
Henry Schein further demonstrated its commitment to the health and hygiene needs of refugees in June 2016 when it donated $100,000 of products that were included in 7,500 hygiene kits sent to Syrian refugees living in Turkey. The kits were a humanitarian initiative of Heart to Heart International’s PowerServ division, the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees, and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, as well as private sector partners FedEx and BD. The kits contained items that are difficult to find in refugee camps, including shampoo, soap, combs, toothbrushes, and toothpaste. A number of the kits were designed to meet the specific needs of girls and women, who are especially vulnerable while living in refugee camps.
In addition, Henry Schein is partnering with the German Dental Association in Berlin to donate essential oral health care products to support the work of volunteer dentists treating refugees’ oral health needs. As a member of the Tent Alliance—an alliance of business, non-governmental organizations, and the public sector—the company is collaborating with its partners towards the Alliance’s goal of bringing an end to the refugee crisis.
Most recently, the company’s Henry Schein Practice Solutions (HSPS) team in American Fork, Utah partnered with NGOs Smiles for Life and Catholic Community Services to provide free oral health care to approximately 100 refugee children and adults from around the world. During a week-long program, called “Smiles for Refugees,” volunteer dentists and dental professionals treated patients from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Burma, the Congo, Eritrea, Sudan, and Syria. In addition, the HSPS team donated money, matched by the company, to provide the participating refugees with grocery gift cards.
Through these initiatives, Henry Schein is committed to promoting refugee health, expanding access to care, and demonstrating the positive impact that effective public-private partnerships can have. As a value-added services company, Henry Schein has been able to instill trust and loyalty from both customers and suppliers by living up to its mantra of “doing well by doing good.”