Access to healthcare

We want to help secure a future where all people have access to affordable, sustainable healthcare. This is critical for the prevention and early diagnosis of disease as well as to deliver life-changing treatments – for healthy people and a healthy society.

Our approach to Access to healthcare

We are committed to supporting society through some of its toughest healthcare challenges. We work in collaboration with governments, academia, international and local organisations, and other stakeholders, and we always put patients first. Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on low and middle-income countries, is one example of our equitable access strategy in action.

We provide healthcare solutions across the patient care pathway - from prevention, raising awareness, diagnosis and treatment, to post-treatment support. 

Our focus areas

Equitable access

Embedding practices into our product portfolio to drive equitable access to healthcare — including digital health, clinical trial diversity, patient centricity, investment in rare diseases, open innovation and IP-sharing arrangements.

Affordability and pricing

Drive accessibility of medicines for diverse, equitable and inclusive patient groups, through company policy and programming, including core pricing principles and access programmes

Health system resilience

Strengthen health systems through advocacy, build capabilities to address unmet medical need, improve access to quality healthcare, and provide solutions along a care continuum from prevention to post-treatment; commit to disaster relief, grants and donations.

Our ambition by 2025:

Reach 50 million

people (cumulatively) through our Healthy Heart Africa, Healthy Lung and Young Health Programme*

Train 170,000

healthcare workers (cumulatively) to strengthen health systems throughout the world through our Healthy Heart Africa, Healthy Lung and Young Health Programme*

Increase collaboration

through cross-sectoral partnerships to improve health outcomes

Our achievements

+31 million

people reached through Access to Healthcare programmes including Healthy Heart Africa, Young Health Programme and Healthy Lung*


healthcare workers and others trained since 2010*

+11 million

people reached through our patient assistance programmes(cumulative) which help patients in financial difficulty gain access to our medications*

*as of December 2021, source: Sustainability Report

Our highlights