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Clinic provides support for more than 700,000 people in little over ten yearsOtsuka Group companies work together to open free medical clinic for Afghan refugees

The Otsuka Welfare Clinic is a free medical clinic in Peshawar, Pakistan that assists needy Afghan refugees. The clinic was launched by Otsuka Pharmaceutical in 2003 with the assistance of 23 Otsuka Group companies that operate in the Asian/Arab region.

An interview with staff who work at the Otsuka Welfare Clinic, Peshawar, Pakistan

Since 2001, 1.8 million refugees have fled to Pakistan from neighboring Afghanistan. The refugees in the border town of Peshawar are desperately short of food and clothing. At the time the clinic was founded, Otsuka Pakistan Ltd., an Otsuka Pharmaceutical affiliate, was providing I.V. solutions to the area through the Red Cross, and as a company doing business in the Asian Arab region, Otsuka was determined to provide direct assistance to local refugees. An in-depth study indicated that a free medical clinic was needed to provide support to people in refugee camps who lacked adequate medical treatment, and the Otsuka Welfare Clinic was established in 2003.

As of 2014, the clinic employs eight regular staff, including three physicians, assisted by nurses, pharmacists, and midwives. The clinic mainly sees women and children, providing treatment for respiratory, digestive, dermatological, obstetric, and gynecological ailments as well as ophthalmology and otolaryngology. In addition to helping Afghan refugees, the clinic provides care for local residents, seeing some 150 patients a day. In all, the clinic has treated more than 700,000 people since it opened.

In July 2010, heavy flooding caused by severe rainfall in the region caused considerable damage at the nearby Aza Khel Refugee Camp. Clinic staff traveled to the area to set up a temporary treatment facility to provide care for people.

In December 2011, Japan's ambassador to Pakistan recognized the Otsuka Welfare Clinic for its outstanding contribution to community welfare through the provision of free medical care over the past eight years, and for having a positive influence on Japan-Pakistan relations.

Subsequently, in August 2014, Otsuka Pharmaceutical was awarded a Japanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Commendation in recognition of the company's contribution over many years to medical care for Afghan refugees in Pakistan and local residents of the area.

In line with our corporate philosophy “Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide,” it is our mission to help improve the health of people around the world. Recognizing our responsibility as a company that has an impact upon people's lives, we plan our business activities in accordance with our mission, and at the same time, conduct a variety of activities that contribute to people's health and the local areas where we operate. Otsuka Pharmaceutical, together with Otsuka Pakistan Ltd. and other Group companies, will continue to establish roots in the area to better the health of people in these communities.