EMMS International Launches Social Responsibility Initiatives for Business


Laura Brown, EMMS international Director of Fundraising and Communications, with the new Corporate Partnership Portfolio

International health charity, EMMS International, today launched its new Corporate Partnership Portfolio, which aims to assist and form partnerships with businesses which are aiming to meet their social responsibility objectives. The charity, based in the UK since 1841, seeks to develop health and healthcare through a range of sustainable programmes in Malawi, Nepal, India and in the UK.


EMMS International has a record to be proud of. In the last year alone, the charity assisted over 250,000 people, and due to its own sustainable business model, its most recent audited annual accounts boast 91p of every £ raised was directed to projects. Its most recent accomplishments, supported by partners, include the creation of the first ever palliative care services in rural places in Malawi (one in every district), educating and training 3,716 healthcare workers across three countries, and the creation of a successful teenage pregnancy prevention programme in Malawi which saw pregnancy rates drop by 40%, back to just above pre-pandemic levels, and encouraged vulnerable girls to stay in school. It has just started an ambitious new programme to develop palliative care in remote parts of Western Nepal.


Cathy Ratcliff, CEO and Director of International Programmes said,

‘We know that businesses, large and small, now consider the impact of their actions in the communities that they work in or within their supply chains, and we are encouraged that corporate social responsibility is now high on their agenda. With a wealth of experience in creating sustainable healthcare solutions in the most disadvantaged communities, tackling the climate crisis, poverty, education, sex inequality and crisis response, we can work alongside businesses of any size to deliver meaningful solutions, either through fundraising initiatives or the creation of new partnership programmes.’

Joel Popoola, Chair of Institute of Directors Africa Special Interest Group

About the launch of EMMS International’s Partnership Portfolio, Joel Popoola, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group at the Institute of Directors said,

‘As the world faces the all-time challenge of global warming and climate change, Africa as one of the world’s fastest growing economies needs to tackle the toughest environmental and social issues of our time. The days of operating solely for profit are gone, Africa’s companies now need to pay more attention to our environment and social issues and put the people and our environment before profit. A goal-driven corporate responsibility approach can help Africa’s companies challenge themselves to think out of the box and do more while also increasing their accountability to stakeholders.’

EMMS International’s programmes are focused on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and the charity’s future includes several innovative programmes which will improve the health and wellbeing of people facing extreme poverty. These projects include the building of a new college of nursing and accommodation block in Bihar, India, the creation of the Healthcare Career Pathway, which will see a further 300 vulnerable women and girls supported to become healthcare professionals and leaders, and the development of its Teenage Pregnancy Prevention programme. A complete portfolio of programmes can be viewed within the Partnership Portfolio.


To discuss partnership opportunities, please contact Laura Brown on laura.brown@emms.org .