Like many employees, I participate in the employment benefit programs offered at Perrigo. I especially appreciate the value of our company store, where employees are able to purchase significantly discounted products to share with family and friends. Recently several Analytical R&D colleagues pooled company store credit to make a joint donation.
We provided medicine from the store to two researchers with ties to us here in Michigan. Dr. Robert Eversole, a cellular immunopathology researcher from Western Michigan University, and Dr. Charles Mackenzie, a pathologist, parasite and tropical disease expert, are both involved in combating lymphatic filariasis (LF) in Africa, including Tanzania.
We provided a variety of Perrigo products that aid in alleviating the symptoms and speed the healing of secondary infections caused by LF, a devastating disease also known as “elephantiasis.”
LF is one of the world’s leading causes of disability and the economic cost is billions of dollars each year. Although this disease infects millions of people worldwide, most people outside the affected countries have never even heard of it. Up until very recently, that included us.
Some of the donated Perrigo products included hydrocortisone, antifungal and antibacterial topicals (skin products) as well as ibuprofen. Our donations were specifically targeted for people living on the coast of Tanzania because that’s where LF disease is highly concentrated.
When Dr. Mackenzie returned from his most recent trip to Tanzania, he shared that our donated Perrigo products were well received and very much appreciated by the medical officers at the LF eradication clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
I feel very fortunate to work for a company that makes so many different kinds of affordable, quality healthcare products. Together with my colleagues in Analytical R&D, we’ve seen the small but positive impact that our pooled donations can make.