The DePuy Companies and Johnson & Johnson are deeply saddened by the impact of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti. We are working around the clock with several disaster relief partners in helping to save as many lives as possible -- to ease the pain and suffering experienced by so many -- and to rebuild health care capacity destroyed by the earthquake.
As part of Our Credo commitment to helping those in need around the world, our Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies has contributed in very significant ways over the past week with cash and product donations coming from our Consumer, Pharmaceuticals, and Medical Devices & Diagnostics businesses in the U.S. and several countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Several Johnson & Johnson companies in Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Europe are supporting the effort, as well. Beyond supporting immediate needs, the Corporation will be supporting long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts focused on health care services.
Johnson & Johnson partners helped to airlift four of our disaster relief modules into Haiti last week that included large quantities of our consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical device and diagnostic products – enough to meet the immediate needs of thousands of people. Sixty pallets of our first aid and consumer hygiene kits were shipped. Antibiotics and pain medications have been donated for use in acute care. Specialized medical devices to assist with traumatic limb and body injuries are being provided to qualified surgical teams. This disaster is having an inordinate impact on children. In addition to the children’s medicines that we have already donated, we have shipped knit blankets, many made by our employees through our One Child, One Blanket Program. These are just a few of the many examples where Johnson & Johnson companies are engaged and trying to make a difference.
The DePuy Companies are coordinating additional efforts to assist injured people in Haiti. DePuy Orthopaedics has responded with a large supply of trauma-related orthopaedic products and surgical instruments. Codman & Shurtleff, which develops diagnostic and therapeutic products for the treatment of central nervous system disorders, and DePuy Spine, are also providing both products and surgical instruments to the relief efforts.
In addition, many of our employees have expressed their desire to support relief efforts. Johnson & Johnson is offering a two-to-one company match on donations made by U.S.-based employees to qualified nonprofit organizations assisting with earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.
In such a difficult time for Haiti, Our Credo calls upon us to help those in need. In the days and weeks ahead, Johnson & Johnson will be exploring and putting into place long-term strategies to help the people of Haiti recover and rebuild from the enormity of this tragic disaster and humanitarian crisis. We are seeking input and guidance from our partners on the ground and health care experts on the full range of options to help.