AstraZeneca partnership

Find out how we're delivering humanitarian aid to people affected by conflict and violence in Nigeria.

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AstraZeneca, the global pharmaceutical company, supports the British Red Cross to help those affected by conflict and violence in the Lake Chad region of Nigeria to improve access to quality treatment, when they need it most. 

Conflict in north-East Nigeria has spilled across borders into neighbouring Cameroon, Niger and Chad. More than 2-million people have been forced to flee their homes in search of safety.

AstraZeneca and the British Red Cross are supporting some of the most vulnerable communities in the world to become more resilient to respond and recover from the crisis.

Find out more about our Lake Chad crisis appeal.

Partnership history

For over a decade, AstraZeneca and the British Red Cross have been working in partnership to:

Strengthen resources

Through the establishment of a new disaster response centre in Kuala Lumpur to strengthen the Red Cross’ emergency response operations in the Asia Pacific region.

Respond to emergency appeals

In 2014, AstraZeneca responded to our Ebola Crisis Appeal in response to the outbreak in West Africa. With their support, the Red Cross was able to provide assistance to 23 million people living in affected communities across Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

Support healthcare initiatives

In 2017, AstraZeneca supported the Mass Sanitation Module (MSM) Emergency Response Unit, deployed to Uganda to help with the influx of refugees fleeing conflict in South Sudan.

Through access to safe latrine and the delivery of hygiene promotion activities, this played a vital role in preventing outbreaks of water-borne diseases like cholera, saving the lives of many who have fled their homes in search of safety.

The MSM is so important in providing immediate emergency response assistance as the specialised personnel and equipment are able to provide immediate support overseas when the local capacity to respond is overwhelmed.

Thank you AstraZeneca for supporting our latest deployment to Uganda.
Ben Webster, head of international emergencies team



  • AstraZeneca and the British Red Cross have reached over 3 million people with TB education and awareness
  • 19,000 refugees in Uganda have been supported with sanitation, hygiene services and health information
  • Supported with providing 4,000 shelter kits, 6,000 hygiene kits and 20,000 tarpaulins following the Nepal Earthquake response in 2015.