Bayer and Direct Relief Work to Address Health Disparities and Expand Access to Family Planning Services Through Community Rewards Program

WHIPPANY, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE)–To celebrate International Women’s Day, the humanitarian organization Direct Relief today announced the impact of its 2021 Community Awards Program as well as the latest round of funding for women’s healthcare organizations . The Community Reward Program is focused on expanding access to family planning services and contraception by addressing health disparities and urgent community needs in the United States.

In 2020, Direct Relief identified four health clinics – including Adagio Health (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Maternal and Family Health Services (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.), Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky (Indianapolis, Ind.), and Planned Parenthood Great Plains (Little Rock, Ark.) – which received funding made possible by Bayer. Funding has reached more than 23,100 women through services, training, education, grants and community outreach. Clinics implemented programs that addressed the most pressing needs of their communities, such as transportation to clinics, increasing virtual and telehealth options for reproductive health care, and providing culturally relevant educational materials. anchored and/or in Spanish for women.

In addition, a second round of grant recipients recently received funding to support community organizations – including Health Alliance for the Uninsured (HAU), (Oklahoma), Plan A Health, (Mississippi) and Planned Parenthood Great Northwest, Kentucky. These projects will address unmet needs in their communities through improved services such as expanded resources, increasing the footprint of mobile health units, and using digital media to provide education.

Community rewards program aligns with Bayer strategy we are for her mission, which reflects Bayer’s commitment to the reproductive health of all women – from products and education to promoting access to contraceptives. By striving to ensure access to modern healthcare through innovation in products and services, and by investing in programs dedicated to the education, awareness and medical training of women, we support the ability of women to make informed choices about their future.

This community initiative has helped health clinics create and expand programs to meet unique local needs, providing thousands of women with tools and information about their options to help them make important, informed decisions. and powerful about their health care,” said Yesmean Wahdan, MD. , American Medical Affairs, Women’s Health. “We believe women shouldn’t be celebrated for just one day a year and our collaboration with Direct Relief extends important resources to help women throughout the year. This collaboration has been especially important during the global pandemic, when health and family planning services have been interrupted and have become more difficult to access for some women. We are proud of this effort which reflects Bayer’s commitment to providing assessment and education for all “its own”. across the country, regardless of their personal circumstances.

“Reproductive health providers in the United States are still working heroically under difficult circumstances to serve patients, and International Women’s Day is the perfect time to renew their commitment and renew their support,” said Paulina Ospina, Associate Director Maternal and Child Health at Direct Relief. “Building on the success of last year’s awards, Direct Relief is deeply grateful to Bayer for its continued investment in reproductive health and to healthcare providers who go above and beyond for their patients, today and every day. ”

The Community Rewards Program is a three-year partnership with Direct Relief that helps improve access through the donation of intrauterine devices (IUDs) by Bayer, grants administered by Direct Relief to health clinics across the country and educational materials for health institutions. The program is also aligned with Bayer’s goal of providing 100 million women worldwide with access to contraception by 2030.

About Women’s Health at Bayer

Bayer is a recognized leader in women’s health, with a long-standing commitment to delivering science for a better life by advancing a portfolio of innovative treatments. Bayer offers a wide range of effective short- and long-acting contraceptive methods as well as therapies for the management of menopause and gynecological diseases. Bayer is also focused on innovative options to meet the unmet medical needs of women around the world. Today, Bayer’s research and development efforts are focused on finding new treatment options for menopause as well as gynecological diseases and include several compounds in various stages of preclinical and clinical development. Together, these projects reflect the company’s research approach, which prioritizes targets and pathways that may change the way gynecological diseases are treated. In addition, Bayer aims to provide 100 million women in low- and middle-income countries by 2030 with access to family planning by funding multi-party assistance programs and ensuring the supply of modern contraceptives. affordable. This is part of the overall sustainability actions and commitments from 2020 and in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

About Bayer

Bayer is a global company with core competencies in the areas of life sciences healthcare and nutrition. Its products and services are designed to help people and the planet prosper by supporting efforts to master the major challenges presented by a growing and aging global population. Bayer is committed to fostering sustainable development and generating a positive impact on its activities. At the same time, the Group aims to increase its profitability and create value through innovation and growth. The Bayer brand is synonymous with trust, reliability and quality around the world. In fiscal year 2020, the Group employed approximately 100,000 people and generated revenue of €41.4 billion. R&D expenses before exceptional items amounted to 4.9 billion euros. For more information, visit

About Direct Relief

A humanitarian organization committed to improving the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies, Direct Relief provides lifesaving medical resources worldwide to communities in need, without regard to politics, religion or to the ability to pay. For more information, please visit

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