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India

Roche Diagnostics India

Present since 2002 | Number 1 leader in in vitro diagnostics

From 2018 – 2019

880+ training sessions provided for laboratory and healthcare professionals | 475+ tests conducted every minute | 250+ million patients benefitted from our diagnostic tools 

The Healthcare Landscape in India

India has a population of more than 1.3 billion people. The healthcare industry has become one of the country’s largest sectors in terms of both revenue and employment. In India, on-communicable diseases are a leading cause of mortality – accounting for more than 60% of deaths. This is expected to grow, fuelled by the increasing incidence of cancer and cardiovascular disease. 

Our contribution to Sustainability

  • Access to healthcare and diagnostics: Our approach in India focused on disease awareness, screening and early diagnosis and healthcare capacity. We worked with local partners to address the access barriers that patients face in India and its neighbouring countries.
    • Strengthening healthcare capacity: In 2018, we conducted 880 educational sessions on advance diagnostic solutions for hospital staff, laboratories and blood banks across India to improve efficiencies and strengthen capabilities.
    • Driving disease awareness: As part of our efforts to promote disease awareness, we partnered with various stakeholders to educate the public on human papillomavirus (HPV) and blood safety, reaching 183,000 people.
    • The value of diagnostics: For World AIDS Day in 2018, we partnered with New Delhi Television (NDTV) to gather a panel of medical experts from the Naz Foundation Trust, India AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Capital Hospital Bhubaneswar and NATHEALTH to educate the public on HIV transmission, prevention and the importance of accurate testing. In 2018, we partnered with Metropolis, one of India’s largest chain laboratories, and the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) to implement the Roche Global Access Programme (GAP) in the country. There was a 45% year-to-date growth for GAP in 2019, with an estimated year-on-year growth of at least 30%. The model is now being expanded for hepatitis.
  • Supporting communities: In 2015, we launched Project Roshni, an ongoing anaemia management initiative, to improve the livelihood of neglected women in villages across Maharashtra who have severely low haemoglobin levels. Through our efforts, more than 3,000 women people have benefitted from our work. In India, we also focused on other initiatives, including the Roche Children’s Walk, and developing a rainwater harvesting system to ensure potable water for more than 100 homes. 
  • Minimising our environmental footprint: In response to the government’s efforts to rid India of single-use plastics by 2022, we proactively banned the usage of single-use plastics, such as plastic bags and packaged water bottles, across our offices in the country. The initiative has resulted in a reduction of 500kg of plastic waste annually since 2018.