Ethics executive series – Visit to China

Helping families get the right start in life

In China, over a million babies are born preterm every year and this number is growing. The cost of treatment for preterm complications can put many families under huge financial pressure.

Yiyi Baby Patient Assistance
Programme for Premature Care

In partnership with the China Red Cross, Ferring China is supporting a patient assistance programme that aims to support women suffering from recurrent miscarriage and preterm birth.

Starting in 2019, the goal of this initiative was to provide treatments to patients to prevent imminent preterm birth, in parallel to a wider awareness-raising effort on pregnancy and prematurity, delivered by the Red Cross. The hospitals participating in the programme are all major hospitals dedicated to long-term research in the field of preterm birth treatment. In addition, this initiative aims to continuously improve doctors’ skills in the treatment of preterm delivery and foster interest in research on preterm diseases.

Ultimately, it is hoped that this programme will improve outcomes for preterm infants and contribute towards reducing the economic burden of clinical treatment for families. Ferring China plans to establish more preterm delivery treatment centres.

The project has attracted recognition, raised awareness and built trust amongst doctors and patients for its patient-centric approach. It has also cemented Ferring’s position as a pioneer in reproductive medicine and maternal health.

In 2019, Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg, who is Chair of Ferring’s Ethics and Compliance
Board Committee and a strong proponent for Ferring’s ethics and sustainability work, visited Ferring China. Countess Alexandra also visited China Red Cross and one of the hospitals involved in the patient assistance programme to show her support for Ferring’s endeavours in local communities.

This programme means a great deal to our patients because it has taken them so much more effort than others to deliver their precious babies safely. They deserve the extra help and support.

Lisa Li, Director,
Science & Medical Affairs, Ferring China

I was greatly impressed by the commitment and dedication to this programme by the doctors, China Red Cross and local Ferring team involved. Giving and supporting the gift of life to those in need is one of the most important things we can do as human beings.

Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg
Member of Ferring's Board of Directors
Chair of Ferring's Ethics and Compliance Board Committee