Merck, RHAS partner advance women's health in Jordan

Merck, RHAS partner to advance women's health in Jordan

5:32 AM, 26th September 2016
Merck, RHAS partner to advance women's health in Jordan
Merck and RHAS executive during the signing of the partnership to advance health awareness and education particularly on thyroid disease amongst Jordanian women.

DARMSTADT, GERMANY: Merck KGaA has entered into a partnership with the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS) of Jordan to advance health awareness and education particularly on thyroid disease amongst Jordanian women. Women are five to eight times more likely to suffer from thyroid disorders than men. This memorandum of understanding and its resulting policies, which has been signed, will support women's health and well-being in Jordan, helping women to be more active participants in their local economies.

The memorandum is part of the global Healthy Women, Healthy Economies initiative, an innovative public-private partnership that explicitly links the issue of women's health and well-being with economic growth. The partnership will focus on developing a thyroid awareness campaign through expanding the Healthy Community Clinic program under RHAS' umbrella.

This campaign aims to reach patients, most of whom are women, and health practitioners to promote healthy lifestyles, raise awareness on the importance of diagnosis and treatment of thyroid disease, and it will lay the ground work for further programs addressing other non-communicable diseases that disproportionately affect women.

This memorandum is now the second of its kind signed by Merck, under the program, following a 2015 partnership with the Philippine Department of Health and Philippine Thyroid Association.

Healthy Women, Healthy Economies is an innovative public-private partnership under the auspices of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, Merck, the US and Philippine governments that explicitly links the issue of women's health and well-being with economic growth.

Healthy Women, Healthy Economies brings together the evidence about women's health and well-being and its impact on economic growth with the best practices that governments, employers and non-governmental organizations can follow. It aims to identify and implement policies that advance women's health and well-being to increase their economic participation in the societies they live in.

"Through this initiative, we are not only helping women look after the health of their children and families better, but more importantly, ensuring that women are looking after their own health. No doubt, if women are not healthy, we are jeopardizing our country's potential on various levels. We are glad that we could benefit from Merck's experience in this area, and adapt scientific and tested approaches, towards a healthier Jordan," said Hanin Odeh, director general of RHAS.

"Advocating for better health, and especially women's health, creates a ripple effect uplifting entire families, communities and future generations. We are proud to partner with RHAS to expand the Healthy Women, Healthy Economies initiative into Jordan. When women do better, communities become stronger and this reflects favorably on economies," said Belen Garijo, member of the executive board and CEO healthcare at Merck KGaA.

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