Today’s challenges for the healthcare environment are complex and need creative solutions supported by all actors in the sector. In order to comprehensively address these health issues, MSD seeks collaborative partnerships with healthcare decision-makers and organizations. We work together to develop innovative solutions that contribute to improve the patients’ health in Belgium.

Our initiatives and projects

All.can Belgium

All.Can Belgium is a multi-stakeholder platform (part of the All.can international initiative https://www.all-can.org/) aiming at mobilizing the Belgian cancer care community to achieve specific, implementable and ambitious projects. The objective is to achieve sustainable, efficient, innovative and patient-centered cancer care. All.Can Belgium brings together patient and care representatives, healthcare professionals, health experts, health economists, policymakers and industry representatives including MSD, committed to this objective.

On the one hand, All.Can Belgium wishes to align stakeholders on a joint vision on cancer care, create stakeholder support for this vision and realize projects to deliver on the vision. All.can ultimately wants to develop solutions that contribute to more efficient and innovative cancer care.
On the other hand, All.can Belgium wants to provide proactively input to the policy debate and create societal support for their vision.

All.Can Belgium became an official All.Can national initiative in June 2018. In March 2019 the memorandum and vision document of All.can Belgium was presented at a launch event at the Solvay Library in Brussels. These policy documents contain key messages from the All.Can Belgium community on patient centricity and innovative, sustainable cancer policies. They lay the foundation for the solution-oriented projects that are being developed with key stakeholders in cancer care.

MSD is one of the founding and funding partners of the All.can Belgium initiative. As such we contribute in making the cancer care ecosystem more efficient, we co-define strategies to optimize the Belgian cancer care and finally are involved in the set-up of projects that will result in a better patient centered cancer care approach.

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American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham Belgium):

The American Chamber of Commerce in Belgium (AmCham Belgium) is one of the largest business organizations in the country. Founded in 1948, it has around 450 members, including MSD, who together strive for a more competitive and prosperous Belgium. In addition to US companies in Belgium, the members include local and other international businesses, operating in the country.

The mission of AmCham is to improve business and investment opportunities for the US-Belgian business community. AmCham Belgium plays a pivotal role in an evolving business environment by focusing on three main areas of activity: advocacy, networking and knowledge-sharing.

The Innovative Healthcare Committee (IHC) of AmCham is a reliable policy partner to the Belgian government and the US Belgian embassy, in order to garantee that new healthcare-related legislation and policies add value and benefit, to the entire healthcare ecosystem. The IHC is a unique cross-functional body covering nearly the whole health industry in Belgium.

MSD is member since the beginning of the IHC, holds the position of vice-chair and is active in several task forces within the IHC.

We at MSD believe that, through our active involvement in AmCham with a strong focus on its Innovative Healthcare Committee, we can help shape the future for a sustainable innovative patient centered healthcare ecosystem. A healthcare system that creates budget headroom for innovation and that secures the pole position of the Belgium HC system within Europe and the rest of the world.

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On April 24, 2018, AmCham Belgium’s Innovative Healthcare Committee launched its cross-industry reflection paper: Real World Data – the Key to Securing an Innovative Belgian Healthcare Landscape at the first in a series of healthcare-specific events.

HealthNest by MSD Bringing Health Literacy to Life

Health literacy is linked to literacy and entails people’s knowledge, motivation and competence to access, understand, appraise and apply health information in order to make judgments and take decisions in everyday life concerning health care, disease prevention and health promotion, to maintain or improve quality of life during the life course.1 Put simply, it is a person’s ability to obtain, communicate, process, and understand health information2.

MSD is committed to improving health literacy as part of our mission to save and improve lives.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), people with strong health literacy skills enjoy better health and well-being; while those with weaker skills tend to engage in riskier behavior and have poorer health.3.

Patients require health literacy skills in order to understand and navigate the health care system, talk to providers, engage in self-management, exercise basic numeracy skills, adopt healthy behaviors, and act on news and information.4, 5

MSD is committed to improving health literacy as part of our mission to save and improve lives.

‘HealthNest by MSD’ is an initiative launched by MSD in 2013, together with a wide range of health care professionals such as: sick funds, patient associations, administrations, academics. The purpose of Health Nest is to coach health professionals, patient associations and other stakeholders to put their innovative health literacy idea into practice. The coaching program addresses the needs and the gaps of the respective organizations. It includes elements such as creating a business plan or implementation support provided by the partners of the initiative, including MSD, or professional coaches.

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1. Sorensen K, Van den Broucke S, Fullam J, et al. Health literacy and public health: A systematic review and integration of definitions and models. BMC Public Health. 2012:12:80. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-12-80. Accessed October 13, 2017.

2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2000. Healthy People 2010. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office. Originally developed for Ratzan SC, Parker RM. 2000. Introduction. In National Library of Medicine Current Bibliographies in Medicine: Health Literacy. Selden CR, Zorn M, Ratzan SC, Parker RM, Editors. NLM Pub. No. CBM 2000-1. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

3. WHO Europe. Health literacy: The solid facts. Kickbusch I, Pelikan JM, Apfel F, Tsouros AD, eds. 2013. http://www.euro.who.int/en/publications/abstracts/health-literacy.-the-solid-facts. Accessed December 31, 2015.

4. HHS. Quick Guide to Health Literacy and Older Adults. http://health.gov/communication/literacy/olderadults/literacy.htm. Accessed June 22, 2016.

5. Kutner M, Greenberg E, Jin Y, Paulsen C. The health literacy of America’s adults: Results from the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NCES 2006–483). U.S. Department of Education. Washington, D.C.: National Center for Education Statistics, 2006. https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2006483. Accessed October 13, 2017. https://www.ahrq.gov/downloads/pub/evidence/pdf/literacy/literacyup.pdf. Accessed October 13, 2017

Vlerick healthcare center:

Building and expanding upon their many years of expertise in the hospital management, the Vlerick Healthcare Management Centre (HMC) was created in 2014. Today, they work with leading actors such as doctors, hospitals, life science companies, including MSD, health payers and regulators on finding answers to the big challenges facing the sector. Their research draws upon the themes of affordable innovation (pharmaceutical health policy), value-based healthcare and the use of real world evidence. In their collaborative research network with hospitals (MINOZ), they focus on healthcare delivery research – the strategic, financial and operational management of hospitals.

MSD has a collaboration agreement with the Vlerick healthcare management center since 3 years. Round tables are organized twice a year resulting in Vlerick policy papers, topics include amongst others sustainable cancer care, the role of innovative therapies, the use of Real Word Data in optimizing the integrated healthcare system. This intensive collaboration allows MSD Belgium to liaise with the Vlerick network of key healthcare stakeholders and gives us in depth knowledge on how MSD Belgium can contribute to optimize the Belgian healthcare system, by setting up strategies that will guarantee the sustainability of the healthcare and allowing at the same time a fast and broad access to innovative treatments for the Belgian patient.

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We take responsibility

Learn more about our global corporate responsibility approach and our social engagement in Belgium.

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Transparency

Transparency is one of the cornerstones of MSD's corporate reputation. We support the efforts of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) to increase transparency in the pharmaceutical industry.