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17 August, 2023: Haleon, a global leader in consumer health, and Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organisation, have agreed to a multi-year commitment to expand access to everyday health for underserved communities, while boosting emergency response and preparedness efforts around the world.

In the first year of the programme, Direct Relief and Haleon will work together to expand access to everyday health products among under resourced communities, while continuing to support international preparedness and response efforts. The programme is already underway in the United States, where 32 million people receive care at one of the nation’s community health centres or free & charitable clinics. The programme will extend to other parts of the world over time.

To date, Haleon employees in the United States have volunteered to pack a total of 5,700 family hygiene kits, with the company donating over 80,000 essential everyday health items, such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, vitamins, pain and cold and flu relief. These kits are being distributed by Direct Relief to community health centres and free & charitable clinics across the country to bring better everyday health to those who need it most.

As part of the work to support international preparedness and response efforts, Haleon will also work with Direct Relief on an international scale to equip first responders and frontline workers in crisis and emergency zones with everyday health products from across its portfolio - spanning oral health, pain relief, vitamins, minerals and supplements, and more.

Today’s agreement builds on the monetary and in-kind product donations provided by Haleon to Direct Relief to support its response to the invasion of Ukraine and the earthquakes across Turkey and Syria, including hundreds of thousands of critically needed daily healthcare products.

Henri Moore, Vice-President, Responsible Business, Haleon, said: “Direct Relief’s focus on equipping health professionals with the vital resources they need to help vulnerable and underserved people and communities is a natural fit with our purpose: to deliver better everyday health with humanity. By expanding our partnership, we can use our global reach, expertise and trusted brands to deliver significant health benefits to people who urgently need help. We will also be engaging our employees in supporting Direct Relief, through volunteering initiatives and donation drives.”

Thomas Tighe, President and CEO, Direct Relief, said: “Direct Relief is deeply grateful to Haleon for the generosity of this initiative, which will improve the health and comfort of those experiencing extreme challenges. Haleon’s leadership on this effort is inspiring and creates a force multiplier for good, connecting more people to humanitarian assistance around the world.”


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About Haleon

Haleon (LSE / NYSE: HLN) is a global leader in consumer health, with a purpose to deliver better everyday health with humanity. Haleon’s product portfolio spans five major

categories - Oral Health, Pain Relief, Respiratory Health, Digestive Health and Other, and Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements (VMS). Its long-standing brands - such as Advil, Sensodyne, Panadol, Voltaren, Theraflu, Otrivin, Polident, parodontax and Centrum - are built on trusted science, innovation and deep human understanding.

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About Direct Relief

Poor access to affordable medications, supplies and flexible funding resources, are an obstacle that frontline health workers and providers face every day. Active across 80 countries, Direct Relief helps address this challenge by expanding access to medicine and healthcare for vulnerable communities, on an ongoing basis and when populations are impacted by crisis and emergencies, such as natural disasters, conflict or poverty.