Roche Secondment Program: Sharing Employee Skills

Roche employees working in a developing country to share capacity and transfer specialist know-how to partnering organisations.
Intergovernmental Organizations and Multilaterals 1
Global NGOs 4
Hospitals Health Facilities 1
Local NGOs 4
Private Foundation or Development Organization 2
  • Make a sustainable contribution to improving health in developing countries by facilitating transfer of Roche employee’s skills, know-how and expertise to partner programs.
  • Provide Roche employees with personal development and experience opportunities by enabling them to contribute and help make a difference in developing countries.

What are the health needs and challenges?

The world’s Least Developed Countries (LDCs) suffer the highest levels of disease and have the weakest healthcare systems. Limited access to medicines and diagnostics is just one part of the problem; there is a critical lack of even the most basic healthcare capacity. Many face a critical shortage of healthcare professionals, hospitals and laboratories, as well as low levels of understanding of the causes, prevention and treatment of disease.

Partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

The Roche Secondment Program provides a unique opportunity for Roche employees to share capacity and transfer specialist know-how in an effective and sustainable way, whilst also gaining valuable personal development and experience opportunities. With all projects being health related, the program aims to support lasting changes to health through the experience and skills of Roche’s employees.

Employees can spend from three to twelve months working in a developing country in collaboration with a partner organisation which already has expertise on the ground. The program focuses on Least Developed Countries or low income or lower middle income economies.

Through combining the skills and resources within Roche with those of other organisations, the aim is to deliver sustainable outputs that could not have been achieved alone.

"My experience taught me a great deal about the priorities in treating neglected diseases in developing countries."
Bart Vanhauwere
General Manager Roche Netherlands
Results and milestones

Projects so far have taken place in countries including India, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia, Niger, Swaziland, Togo and Haiti.

Examples of impacts include:

  • Assist in developing a model that allows Ethiopian diabetes patients to obtain relatable and appropriate information on their condition.
  • Participating in focus group sessions, surveys, running connectivity tests, comparing software performance and coming up with training ideas to help get the Distance Learning project off the ground. The project is now being incorporated into the World Vision’s Health and Nutrition training strategy and it has also been used to create a white paper that was presented at the Health Conference in Washington DC in 2009.
  • Working with professionals and the clinic’s leadership at an outpatient clinic in Togo to provide pharmacy services to benefit patients and their families.
  • Bringing the Drug Resource Enhancement against AIDS and Malnutrition (DREAM) Program for the Prevention, Detection and Aftercare of HIV/AIDS to Ethiopia.
  • Working as the representative and local fund agent in Niger for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, along with disease monitoring, distribution of medication, testing and in counselling.
Geographic Reach
  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Eastern Mediterranean
  • Europe
  • South-East Asia
  • Western Pacific
See Where
Disease Area
SGDs the partnership contributes to
SDG 3: Good Health and Wellbeing
  1. 3.8: Achieve universal health coverage
  2. 3.C: Health workforce
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals 
Partner organizations
Intergovernmental Organizations and Multilaterals


Global NGOs

Clowns without Borders

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

Project HOPE

World Vision

Hospitals Health Facilities

Local hospitals & health centers & patient groups

Local NGOs

Ethiopian Diabetes Association (EDA)

Local government & associations

Canossian Sisters International Voluntary Service

Community of the Daughters of Charity

Private Foundation or Development Organization

Swiss Centre for International Health