An employee campaign to bring vaccines to children in Southeast Asia
Microsoft and its employees joined forces with PATH to help provide a lifesaving vaccine to children in Asia through an innovative employee engagement campaign. Employees who participated in a personal health screening were given the opportunity to designate a donation toward providing vaccinations against Japanese encephalitis (JE), a disease that causes brain injury and kills three in ten people who become ill.
PATH led a ten-year effort to identify and accelerate the delivery of an affordable JE vaccine, but the funding we received to advance immunization programs did not cover the cost of transporting the vaccine from the manufacturer in China to the countries that needed it.
In 2013, Microsoft announced it would make a donation to support vaccine delivery for every employee who participated in its annual “Know Your Numbers” event providing free on-site health screenings. In addition, each participant could choose to donate an additional gift to PATH. More than 25,000 employees signed up for the screenings and participated in the campaign.
Microsoft donated more than $325,000 to PATH as a result of its employee engagement campaign, helping to provide thousands of children in Laos and Cambodia with protection against the disease. Specifically, the gift made it possible to transport the vaccines with the goal of reaching more than 500,000 children by 2015. PATH continues to work with partners to roll out the vaccine across Asia and ensure all children have access to the single most effective method of preventing this devastating disease.
- “Innovative partnership connects kids, vaccine in Laos” on the PATH blog.
- “Employee health screening drives donations to PATH for childhood vaccinations in Laos” on Microsoft’s Corporate Citizenship blog.
- Our work on Japanese encephalitis.
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