At MSD we recognise our responsibility to invest in local charities and organisations that provide essential services in the communities where our employees live and work. Over the past four years, we have contributed over €320,000 to local communities, charities and causes across Ireland. A vital part of our employee volunteerism programme, Neighbour of Choice illustrates MSD's ongoing commitment to the communities in which it operates.
The MSD/NALA Health Literacy Initiative, which ran for seven years, was a partnership between MSD and the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA). It aimed to increase public and healthcare professional awareness of the critically important issue of health literacy in Ireland.
People with low health literacy make more mistakes with medication or treatment, are less able to follow treatment instructions, have difficulties negotiating the healthcare system, and are more likely to be hospitalised than people with adequate health literacy.
We developed the Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards to recognise the pursuit of clarity in health literacy across education, training, health writing, research and patient communications, and to reward innovation in this field.
Our successes in this area include:
Across all of our sites in Ireland, our MSD employees develop relationships with local community groups and support projects that enhance the environment, support education and contribute to the local business community.
We are proud to say we have: