Astellas conducts a variety of activities to provide assistance to patients fighting illnesses, and to their family members, on a global basis.
Astellas supports the self-reliance and independent development of patient associations in Japan as “Starlight Partners Activities.” As one aspect of that, Astellas provided approximately 6 million yen in activity funding to 32 organizations through a public application process in the year ended March 2020. Peer Support Training Session activities are held for a wide range of participants, including patients and their families. In these training sessions, activities include programs for participants to learn attentive listening skills, which enable peers who have faced the same issues or have experienced the same problems to serve as consulting partners to one another. In the year ended March 2020, a training session was held in Tokyo (headquarters) and 22 people from 14 organizations attended. Astellas also sent instructors to 5 organizations for Peer Support Training Sessions organized by patient associations where a total of 150 people attended. In addition, Astellas donated stationery to another 36 events organized by patient associations.
Over the last five years, Astellas in the United States has encouraged field-based employees to volunteer at local Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Chapters, helping the organizations provide comfort and care to millions of families with ill or injured family members who have to travel far from home for the care they need. Employees are responsible for scheduling events, recruiting team members to participate, purchasing supplies and working with teams to prepare and serve meals. In the year ended March 2020, nearly 100 Astellas employees prepared and served 400 meals to patients’ families at Ronald McDonald House events across the U.S. to comfort families caring for a sick child.
Additionally, Astellas’ Military Employee Impact Group has been working with the Fisher House Foundation over the last several years as part of their commitment to the community. A Fisher House is “a home away from home” for family members, caregivers or loved ones of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. It is a temporary residence and is not a treatment facility, hospice or counseling center. As part of Changing Tomorrow Day and Martin Luther King Junior events in the United States, employees spent time at local Fisher Houses, serving meals, cleaning and organizing. In 2019, more than 175 employees have served meals to families at Fisher House locations across the United States.