Henry Schein will donate $350,000 in healthcare products to World Vision to care for refugees, including Syrian refugees living in Europe and the Middle East. World Vision, a Christian humanitarian group that addresses poverty and injustice, will distribute these products to its local partners in these regions.
As part of this agreement, Henry Schein will donate 70 units of its branded gloves, masks, gowns, and gauze, with each unit valued at $5,000 and designed to serve about 7,500 people, over the next 3 years. Distribution will target refugee camps, communities with large populations of displaced people, and other areas of great need.
“This donation will ensure that the medical professionals working with World Vision and their partners have the necessary supplies to provide crucial care to refugees throughout the world, including the men, women, and children affected by the devastating crisis in Syria,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and CEO of Henry Schein.
According to World Vision, 4.3 million Syrians are refugees and another 6.6 million have been displaced within Syria. Nearly half of both groups are children. While most have remained in the Middle East, slightly more than 10% have traveled to Europe. These children risk becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited.
“The Syrian conflict, in particular, has affected millions of innocent lives and left families and communities in dire need of help,” said Richard Stearns, president of World Vision USA. “World Vision is committed to providing that help, and Henry Schein’s support helps ensure that we have the supplies needed to address the health needs of thousands of displaced people.”