Public health programmes from OGYÉI, with funding from NETA money

By: Trademagazin editor Date: 2022. 10. 18. 10:08

The National Institute of Pharmacy and Nutrition (OGYÉI) focuses on the most urgent public health issues with its programmes funded from the public health product tax (NETA). Our magazine interviewed the institute’s director general Dr Mátyás Szentiványi, and head of the NETA Programme Office Annamária Riedl.

Dr. Mátyás Szentiványi, director general of OGYÉI and Annamária Riedl, head of NETA Programme Office

Dr Szentiványi explained that since 2019 companies have had the opportunity to direct 10% of the NETA tax they pay to OGYÉI, who organise various public health related programmes, such as the Healthy Children Programme or the Aqua Challenge Campaign.

Ms Riedl added that their future plans include taking the latter, which raises awareness of the importance of drinking water, to the offline space, with street presence and programmes in Budapest and the countryside. They are also making educational commercials (e.g. about pharmaceutical counterfeiting), and will promote the work certain OGYÉI departments do for the benefit of citizens.

It is also very important for OGYÉI to show the B2B sector how they spend the money businesses give to them via the NETA scheme. The director general believes that after their presence at SIRHA Budapest 2022, another perfect forum to do this can be the Business Days conference, which takes place in September 2022. (x)

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