Everyone can help to make a difference

 

When individuals from different parts of Bayer realized that they shared a common passion and that each could contribute a distinct expertise in the fight against neglected tropical diseases and malaria, a Public Health working group was born. For Janice Chow, Global Communications Manager with Animal Health, being part of this initiative is an opportunity to contribute her expertise in a meaningful way and help make a difference in the lives of people and animals.

Janice Chow

Janice Chow

Global Communications Manager at Animal Health

I grew up in Malaysia. It is a beautiful tropical country that has much to offer, but mosquitoes are among what I love the least. Malaysia is also home to the Aedes aegypti mosquito that can spread tropical fevers such as dengue. From a young age, I was taught to protect myself from mosquito bites and to always eliminate potential breeding spots. Environmental vector control was also a regular necessity. This is part and parcel of daily life in the tropics. Yet, time and again I witnessed how dengue can land a person – such as my own uncle – in hospital for weeks, or even turn life-threatening. Who would have imagined that a tiny mosquito can have such a debilitating impact?

As a communications professional, I strongly believe that alongside scientific and technological advancements, awareness and understanding are important aspects to advancing lives. It is only when someone is aware of a health condition or threat that he or she can address it, take preventative steps, or even assist others. This is why I am passionate about communicating about public health topics. This is why I am part of the Bayer Public Health working group and engage as managing editor for the Public Health magazine.

Neglected tropical diseases, or NTDs, and malaria continue to impact more than one billion lives around the world each year – often affecting people and communities that are least able to deal with this burden. In such parts of the world, a bite from a mosquito, sandfly or tick can rob a person, animal or whole community of their health or even life. This is a huge humanitarian challenge that needs to be tackled effectively, holistically, and through collaboration.

As a communications professional, I strongly believe that alongside scientific and technological advancements, awareness and understanding are important aspects to advancing lives.

Bayer is in a unique position to contribute to fighting NTDs and malaria at different levels. We have expertise in human, animal and plant health, and we have come together to combine forces to drive further progress in preventing causes and providing cures. We are also privileged to collaborate with various stakeholders who share this same mission.

Together with my colleagues in the working group, we aim to encourage more dialogue as a means to foster greater awareness and understanding of NTDs and malaria. Our new Public Health magazine and Public Health Hub were conceptualized with this in mind – key topics are presented in intentionally approachable ways from different stakeholder perspectives and celebrates collaborative efforts.

Being involved in the Public Health working group has been an enriching and meaningful experience. I have been privileged to encounter so many individuals who are personally passionate about making a difference to the lives of people and animals.

Each one of us can make a difference to advancing public health in our own unique way and situation – and it can start with the simple step of learning more about NTDs and malaria, and then sharing it with others. Let’s make a difference, together.

Learn more about Bayer’s Public Health working group from this article on “Preventing Causes, Providing Cures

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