Donation to the Ophthalmic Community

Santen promotes development in medicine related to its business fields, activities for enhancing welfare, and activities as a good corporate citizen, based on its basic policy on donations.

Donation Basic Policy

Santen has formulated Donation Rules, to clarify the basic policy on donation in accordance with CORE PRINCIPLE and the procedure to be followed in making donations, and to continuously make social contribution as a corporate citizen.

Extract from "Donation Rules -Basic policy-"

Following Santen's Values, Santen makes donations as part of our duties as a corporate citizen, focusing on the fields of development of ophthalmic medical science, pharmacology, and medical care, and knowledge-sharing about diseases, prevention of loss of eyesight, and welfare. Additionally, Santen makes donations commensurate with our status to social and public welfare activities, etc., arranged by economic or industrial organizations to which Santen belongs, similar activities in areas where its major business outlets are located, and humanitarian aid, etc. in response to large-scale natural disasters.

Donation Distribution

Santen donates to research institutions including universities, academic societies, and research groups of specialists, mainly in fields related to the "eyes," with the aim of contributing to the development of medicine and pharmacology and to health care. Santen also donates continually to the promotion of corneal transplantation, activities to prevent eyesight loss in developing countries conducted by health care professionals and NGOs in and outside Japan, activities to support the self-reliance of the visually impaired, and disease awareness campaigns conducted by ophthalmic societies and public-interest incorporated foundations. In addition to those, Santen continually donates pharmaceuticals and medical devices such as intraocular lenses for groups which conduct ophthalmic care activities in developing countries.

As a corporate citizen, Santen also contributes to disaster assistance and local community activities. The donations and contributions made by Santen Group in FY2020 reached 695 million yen, which is equivalent to 1.4% of consolidated core operating profits.

Supporting Activities to Prevent Vision Loss

Santen supports organizations tackling activities to prevent vision loss. We annually donate to and support the activities of: Helen Keller International, which provides medical activities for preventing eyesight loss in developing countries in Africa and Asia; the Japan National Society for the Prevention of Blindness, which engages in blindness-prevention activities in Japan; and the Japan Eye Bank Association, which promotes corneal transplantation.

Preventing eyesight loss by Helen Keller International
(Photo provided by Helen Keller International)

Supporting Ophthalmic Care Activities in Developing Countries by Donations of Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices

Santen donates pharmaceuticals and medical devices such as intraocular lenses for groups which conduct ophthalmic care activities in developing countries. In 2020, the activities were suspended due to the influence of the COVID-19 infection, we will continue to provide support in the future.

Fiscal year Recipient
2019 Association for Ophthalmic Cooperation in Asia
Association for Ophthalmic Support in Africa
Japan Tanzania Eye Medical Support Team
Japan-Philippines Volunteer Medical Service Activities
Support for Ophthalmic Medicine in Vietnam
Support for Ophthalmic Medicine in Dominica
2018 Association for Ophthalmic Cooperation in Asia
Asia Prevention of Blindness Association
Association for Ophthalmic Support in Africa
Japan Tanzania Eye Medical Support Team
Japan-Philippines Volunteer Medical Service Activities
Support for Ophthalmic Medicine in Nepal
Support for Ophthalmic Medicine in Cambodia
2017 Association for Ophthalmic Cooperation in Asia
Association for Ophthalmic Support in Africa
Japan Tanzania Eye Medical Support Team
Japan-Philippines Volunteer Medical Service Activities
Support for Ophthalmic Medicine in Nepal

Providing COVID-19 Anti-droplet Infection Shield

To reduce as much risk of the COVID-19 infection as possible during ophthalmology practice, Santen created a total of 60,000 anti-droplet infection shields to be attached to slit lamps (Note) used in ophthalmology practices, and provided them to ophthalmologists worldwide such as in Japan, EMEA, China, Asia, and U.S.

We aim to contribute to ophthalmic medical care even in the calamity of COVID-19.

Note
Slit lamp: Inspection equipment to magnify the surface and front of the eyes