Novartis Social Business

An African nurse draws blood from the finger of a patient

Taking action to improve access to healthcare

Novartis Social Business supports global public health through novel sustainable business models.

Novartis Social Business (NSB) brings together our global health priorities, our work in noncommunicable diseases and our social business commercial operations, such as Novartis Access and Healthy Family. Our activities are rooted in local communities, where we work with partners to provide affordable, high-quality medicines against infectious and chronic diseases while strengthening healthcare capacity in lower-income countries. Everything we do relies on our network of partners, who share our purpose.

Highlights 2019
  • 6

    Of the top causes of deaths in LMICs addressed by NSB portfolio

  • 15m

    Patients reached with medicine in 2019

  • 10m

    People reached with health education in 2019

  • 33

    Countries with products on the ground

  • Health educator addresses people in village

    Creating sustainable business models

    Philanthropy is not sufficient to generate impact at scale. Against this background Novartis has launched models like Healthy Family and Novartis Access. Being scalable, self-sustaining social business programs can best address global public health needs.

  • Doctor talks to a colleague in Ethiopia

    Partnering to solve healthcare ecosystems challenges

    We collaborate with like-minded partners that have expertise in working with low-income populations to improve healthcare. All our capacity-building work includes measurement and evaluation so that we can document outputs, outcomes and impact.

  • Two men at digital training to eliminate stock-outs.

    Embracing digital for better health and stronger healthcare systems

    We are seizing the opportunities that the internet, mobile devices and other digital technologies provide. Our aim is to expand healthcare access, improve quality of care, and help revolutionize health education at the community level.

  • NSB dialogue in Basel


    We have taken a learning-by-doing approach as we built knowledge and experience on the ground. Our stakeholder engagement and measurement and evaluation work are examples of how we are enhancing transparency.

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