Merck Animal Health has donated about US $30,000 (¥2,3 million) to three veterinary and farmer associations in Japan to support recovery of the Japanese animal sector following the earthquake and tsunami as well as its consequences that have struck the country in March 2011. The disaster had an immense impact on the healthcare situation of the livestock sectors.
Merck Animal Health (known as MSD Animal Health outside the USA and Canada), and formerly known as Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has made the donation available to three important stakeholders in the Japanese animal sector for further coordination, being the Japan Veterinary Medical Association, the Japan Pork Producers Association and the Regional Livestock Industry Promotional Council.
“After the international community has provided support during the acute phase of the disaster, for example via shipment of emergency supplies of veterinary medicines and the activities of first responders, it is equally important to continue to support the Japanese animal health and associated sector in order to accelerate the recovery of this economically important category. We trust that via this donation we can contribute to the Japanese society, enabling them to overcome this difficult situation,” said Leopoldo Nanni, Vice President, Head of Asia-Pacific-Sub Sahara Africa at Merck Animal Health.