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R&D Employee Fellowship Program engages in longer-term projects




Initiative to improve access to diabetes care reaches three new countries.


Haiti, Kenya, and Tanzania.


Employee fellowship program that enters long-term engagements with selected NGO to support and build healthcare capacity in areas such as clinical care, epidemiology, training, R&D project management and supply chain.


It is estimated that up to a fifth of children worldwide do not receive basic vaccines, despite advances in funding and availability.

Takeda launched its R&D Access to Medicines (AtM) Employee Fellowship Program in late 2016. Several other companies evaluated by the Index have employee fellowship programmes. Most of these programmes will second individual employees to projects for a period of between three and six months, to work toward a specific deliverable. 

What makes Takeda's fellowship programme unique?
Takeda’s programme stands out for its design and longer-term engagement. The Takeda R&D AtM Employee Fellowship program enters into two to three-year agreements with selected NGO partners which have experience working with the medical and scientific communities in low- and middle-income countries. The fellows join a ‘project team’ which consists of multiple fellows and partners from the NGO. The fellows work within these teams on specific projects to address local gaps or needs. The purpose of the long-term engagement is to give fellows the opportunity to work towards sustainable solutions. 

Takeda employees engage with local partners on a project to improve mental health care in Haiti. ©Zanmi Lasante/Partners in Health and Healthcare Partners for Access

For example, the company’s NGO partners can identify needs for research capacity in local universities. With secondments that last longer, Takeda fellows can contribute to sustainable improvements. The design of the fellowship programme allows Takeda’s employees to share their skills, experience and technical expertise to support and build healthcare capacity in areas such as clinical care, epidemiology, training, R&D project management and supply chain. It also enables them to enhance Takeda’s own understanding of access to medicine. Currently, Takeda has fellowship projects operating in Haiti, Kenya, and Tanzania.

What makes this a best practice?
Takeda’s R&D AtM employee fellowship programme represents a best practice in R&D capacity building, meeting all applicable good practice standards. Through its partners, Takeda is linked with local universities where they can contribute knowledge and expertise in different areas of research. Takeda’s partnerships with NGOs operate under project-specific governance structures, and each project has its own goals, objectives and deliverables. Progress towards these is measured in agreement with Takeda’s NGO partners.

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