Bayer Faces Up to Societal Needs
The challenges facing society have not changed. They have only grown. The aging and expanding world population requires new and better medicines, as well as a much larger and more reliable food supply. Which solutions does Bayer offer?
Almost One in Three People Dies from Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular diseases are among the world’s main health problems and one of the most common causes of death. According to World Health Organization statistics, almost one in three people dies from some form of respiratory illness or cardiovascular disease including myocardial infarction and stroke. Many of these diseases and their often life-threatening consequences could be avoided by effective prevention. And yet the number of people affected is increasing worldwide. This is due in part to an unhealthy lifestyle characterized by a high-fat diet and a lack of exercise, which favors risk factors such as obesity, high blood lipid levels, hypertension and diabetes. We offer various cardiovascular products for the effective treatment of patients and are researching new and targeted therapies.
Older People Want to Remain Healthy and Active
People’s life expectancy is growing. By the year 2050, the number of people over 60 years of age will have doubled to two billion. As a result, age-related disorders will become a growing challenge for society. Alongside cardiovascular diseases, the incidence of disorders such as cancer, eye ailments and arthritis is increasing. Our prescription medicines and non-prescription products can help older people to live an active life for longer. And we provide them with products and information enabling them to maintain their own health to the best possible extent.
Feeding the Growing Global Population
Feeding the growing global population is one of the greatest challenges facing the world. By the year 2050, our planet will be home to more than nine billion people. However, the amount of available agricultural land is declining due to increasing urbanization, higher salinity levels and soil erosion. In addition, extreme weather conditions like drought and flooding are impacting harvest quantity and quality. To ensure an adequate and safe food supply for the growing global population, agricultural productivity needs to increase by 60 percent. This requires innovative seed and modern crop protection products.
One in Seven People Suffers from a Tropical Disease
More than one billion people are suffering from tropical diseases, mainly in low- to middle-income economies in Africa and Latin America. Malaria, river blindness, African sleeping sickness, Chagas disease and dengue fever – if left untreated, most of these diseases are fatal or cause lifelong chronic disability. They are spread by pathogen-carrying insects or by contaminated water in which larvae breed. We are working with governments, NGOs, foundations, organizations and other companies to stem or eliminate ten tropical diseases by the year 2020. Help comes from our medicines and also from our insecticides, which are used to control the carriers of diseases.