Health & wellbeing

Since 2011 we have partnered with (BSR) Business for Social Responsibility, a global non-profit organistion, local partners and our suppliers on the HERhealth (Health Enables Returns) initiative. HERhealth provides - health education and access to healthcare to women working in the factories that make Primarks product.

Women make up about 80% of the workers that manufacture clothes for Primark. In low income countries women often lack access to adequate healthcare and the knowledge they need to look after their own health. Common issues include poor pre and post-natal care, anaemia, the risk of infections and illness including HIV / AIDS, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis.

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Our programme

The HERhealth begins by selecting a group of women from each factory as coaches. They are provided with a series of training sessions that take place at work. The idea is simple - women train other women on their health needs, and help support each other in their learning and understanding.

The coaches are then responsible for training the other women workers in the factory. The topics covered include healthy eating, family planning, HIV/ AIDS, malaria & dengue fever, maternal health, personal hygiene, reproductive cancers, menstruation, and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases.

The local partners working with the factory and the coaches also assess the facilities and services that women need access to in order to maintain good health. As a result some factories have begun offering sanitary napkins at a discounted cost, or have created links with local clinics and hospitals.


The HERhealth in Bangladesh

Our short film on the HERhealth in Bangladesh shows the programme in action. It includes interviews with some of the women involved and explores how their lives have been changed.  

Continued Work

In Bangladesh health initiatives are being implemented into all our factories, and we're working with BSR and other local and international partners to do this.

Primark is currently working with BSR to extend the programme to a group of female cotton farmers in northern India.


Primark HERhealth factories

The map above shows the location of Primark HERhealth factories across the world, and the number of women participating.

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