We conduct various health-related activities to provide a wide range of support for people such as patients and the families of patients. Going forward, we continue to engage in various activities that contribute to people's health.
Through content and applications, the latest information useful for healthcare is widely and continuously posted and disseminated. We also cooperate with and hold seminars for citizens to raise awareness of diseases and provide accurate information. In FY2022, three online seminars were held focusing on areas such as rheumatism, chronic kidney disease, etc., with approximately 1,000 participants.
|Delivered Content and Applications
|"For Patients and Their Families"
|We operate a website that explains specific symptoms and treatment methods of familiar diseases and precautions to take in daily life.
|"ONO ONCOLOGY (Information for the general public and patients)"
|With the cooperation of supervising physicians, we operate a website where we can learn about the diseases and treatments in the field of cancer and the concepts of cancer immunity.
In FY2022, we added a new web page, "Counseling Room for AYA Generation and Working Generation Handled by Physicians" concerning ways to communicate with the people around you and information collection methods to support your mental conditions and daily lives.
|We provided a short movie to increase dementia awareness.
|“FukuSapo®” (A digital side-effect management support tool)
|We provide a free support tool to assist early detection and treatment of side effects (especially immune-related adverse events) through physical condition management of patients treated with immune checkpoint inhibitors.
We have been producing a radio program called "The Moment of Change" since April 2020 in which we disseminate information about "today" and the "future" that we learn from cancer survivors. We invite celebrated cancer survivors who are active in various areas and they talk about their feelings when they found out that they had cancer, their mindset when they faced cancer, the triggers that helped them be positive, and more. We support patients with cancer and cancer survivors through the radio program with the view to pass a baton of hope to everyone who fights cancer.
There are considered to be approximately 250,000 children under long-term care throughout Japan who undergo medical treatment for several months, several years, or longer. Due to long-term hospitalization and painful treatment, there are many children who get older without experiencing the same things as other children of similar age. ONO supports and works with an authorized NPO, Being ALIVE Japan, which works closely with these children and engages in activities "to form a team to achieve the best childhood, or 'youth,' for children requiring long-term care." In FY2023, we cooperated with holding four sporting events hosted by Being ALIVE Japan for children under long-term care and 43 ONO employees in total participated in the events as volunteers.
In September, the first event in the Kansai area, "TEAMMATES SPORTS CAMP 2003 in Kansai," was held through the sole support of ONO in Shiawase-no-Mura, Kobe, Hyogo. The sporting camp was 2 days and one night and nine families participated in the event. Children received lessons from members of university sports clubs and professional athletes and joined in curling, rugby, lacrosse, and other sports that they had never experienced before. Nineteen ONO employees participated as volunteers, assisted in the sports and supported family members. In addition, in this sporting camp, with the expectation that participants would learn about our ingenuity in manufacturing medicines, become interested in the medicine, and change their approach to medicine, we also held our unique workshop, "Kusuri no Himitsu Manabu." Children in white coats engaged in experiments to dissolve tablets and observed how tablets dissolved with fascination.
The sporting camp was introduced in the newspaper, the Yomiuri Shimbun, and the YOMIURI ONLINE. The article is available here (available only in Japanese).
We have participated in Relay for Life (RFL) as a part of our CSR activities since FY2014. Relay for Life is a charity activity project conducted by the Japan Cancer Society and the National Action Council of Relay of Life aiming to deal with and overcome cancer. Many employees have been actively participating in the Relay for Life events mainly at the locations where our research institutes, plants, and sales offices reside.
From FY2020, the Relay for Life events were canceled in most locations due to the impact of the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19). In order to keep up the hopes of cancer survivors and participants who look forward to this event every year and to continue supporting cancer patients and their families, Self Walk Relay (SWR) was held instead of the yearly Relay for Life since 2020.
The Self-Walk Relay is a charity event in which anyone can participate by downloading an application onto their smartphone and walking while taking measures against infection. The participation fees will support the operation of the Cancer Consultation Hotline, which listens to the concerns of patients with cancer and their families and provides consultations. In FY2022, 430 employees throughout Japan participated, which was a significant increase from the 294 employees in the previous year, and the participation fees were used for the operation of the Cancer Consultation Hotline.
In addition, we started to participate in the Relay for Life event again in FY2022 and started a "message flag" for our new attempt. We asked participants to write down their thoughts to our employees on the "message flag," which facilitated communication between our employees and participants. In FY2023, we will participate in the Relay for Life in more areas and strengthen support for patients with cancer and their families.
Since FY2014, ONO has been a constant supporting member of a public interest incorporated foundation, "Solaputi Kids’ Camp"(Takikawa City, Hokkaido), a campsite with on-site medical care that is a dream for children with illness.
Since FY2021, we have been supporting a new project "Snow Gift" that started under a situation where the campsite operation had to be reduced due to the impact of COVID-19. The "Snow Gift" is a project where fresh powder snow at the campsite is placed in a box and delivered to children hospitalized in medical institutions in areas without snow so that they can enjoy playing in the snow. However, there were cases where the Snow Gift was not delivered smoothly in the hospital and the snow in the box melted. Therefore, ONO's MRs, who visit and engage in activities at the target hospitals on regular basis, provide support as "Snow Delivery Volunteers" by receiving boxes from the package delivery company and directly delivering "fresh snow" to the person in charge of each medical institution.
In FY2022, ONO's MRs handed out Snow Gifts from "Solaputi Kids’ Camp" to persons in charge at ten medical institutions in January and February 2023. We were able to give the joy of playing in the snow to in-hospital children who have no opportunities to play with snow. Later, we received compliments and letters from the children who played with the snow and their parents and medical staff members. ONO's employees who participated in this activity commented that they were so happy to help with "delivering joy (the snow)."
ONO PHARMA TAIWAN CO., LTD. (OPTW) refrained from engaging in in-person activities with patients due to the impact of COVID-19; however, we engaged in sending our thoughts to patients fighting cancer and delivering "Nutrition care boxes".
A "Nutrition care box" is a gift box containing vegetables, cereal, eggs, and other ingredients for the purpose of improving the nutritional conditions of patients. In addition to the ingredients, employees wrote a message with their thoughts and placed it in the "Nutrition care box". Participating employees attended a lecture on diet (nutrition science) for patients with cancer from dietitians of the Taiwan Cancer Foundation. It was a good opportunity to learn about patients with cancer from a different perspective than medical treatment using pharmaceutical products.
In addition, under conditions where the opportunities for all employees to gather decreased drastically due to the spread of COVID-19, a sense of unity was further increased by having all employees engage in activities for the mental care of patients. Later, we received photographs from patients who had received a “Nutrition care box”, and we felt the significance of these activities once again.
At ONO PHARMA USA, employees work together to support cancer patients, caregivers, and cancer survivors through a variety of activities. From FY2021 to FY2022, employees participated in the ASH Foundation Run/Walk held by ASH (American Society of Hematology), and in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk. Proceeds are used to support hematological cancer patient therapy and research funding. These events also give employees an opportunity to hear from patients and their supporters, and to learn about their cancer journeys.
We actively cooperate with the blood donation activities of the Japanese Red Cross Society. In FY2022, our plants, research institutes and head office took measures against COVID-19 and cooperated with blood donation again. In addition, the Minase Research Institute received a Silver Merit Award from the Japanese Red Cross Society for its cooperation with blood donation over the years.