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2014-05-08

Novartis International AG: More than 19,000 Novartis associates worldwide volunteer for local causes on Community Partnership Day

Novartis International AG / More than 19,000 Novartis associates worldwide
volunteer for local causes onCommunity Partnership Day . Processed and
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* More than 19,000 associates dedicate their working day to supporting the
local community

* Activities undertaken will benefit hundreds of charitable organizations and
individuals in 55 countries

* 18thannual volunteer event organized to commemorate the creation of
Novartis in 1996

Basel, May 8, 2014
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Today Novartis associates across 55 countries are engaging in local volunteer
efforts to support their communities in celebration of the company's annual
Community Partnership Day (CPD). This year marks the 18thCommunity
Partnership Day commemorating the 1996 creation of Novartis as a global
leader in healthcare. There is strong participation from all Novartis
divisions in 2014. Alcon, the Novartis eyecare division, will celebrate
Community Partnership Day in conjunction with World Sight Day on October 9,
2014, 5,000 associates are expected to participate.

Significant efforts will take place in major markets such as the United
States, China, Brazil, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom, India and Russia.
Volunteers are also out in force in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan, Lebanon,
Nigeria and Iran.

Examples of volunteer service as part of this year's Community Partnership Day
include:

* More than 4,000 associates inSwitzerland including 3,400 from the Basel
region will participate in a range of voluntary projects in nursing homes
and young adult support centers as well undertaking outdoor activities to
improve local areas. In Nyon, associates have the option to take part in 12
different activities ranging from helping young adults to gain a foothold
in the working world to environmental preservation.
* In partnership with theUCL&UZ Hospital in Brussels, 250 associates
inBelgium will provide support to patients and visitors by staging mini
concerts in waiting rooms and organizing clowns to visit hospitalized
children. They will give a special thank you to the 'invisible hands' -
caregivers and staff.
* Brazil is linking CPD back to the Novartis mission ofcaring and curing ;
1,500 associates will provide care for Alzheimer patients, promote the
leprosy elimination program in Brazil as well as immunization, a healthy
lifestyle and animal vaccination.
* Over 200 associates inAustralia will undertake gardening and painting work
for local organizations, packing hampers, donation drives and serving food
in the community.
* InEgypt , 150 associates will partner with a local organization helping
people with disabilities find suitable employment. Associates will also
fundraise for theMisr El Kheir Foundation , an Egyptian NGO working towards
the development of Egyptian society in the areas of health, education,
social solidarity, while fighting poverty and illiteracy.
* InRussia , over 340 associates will be cleaning up the local area by
collecting rubbish, maintaining gardens, planting flowers and painting
outdoor areas.
* At the Unterach site inAustria , over 100 associates will provide coaching
on the job application process as well as offering science based lessons to
local school children.
* In New Jersey,USA 2,000 associates will partner with over 80 non-profit
organizations such as theAmerican Cancer Society , theCommunity FoodBank of
New Jersey andThe Servant Center , supporting homeless and disabled
veterans to find transitional and permanent housing.
* 250 associates inMexico will volunteer in a range of activities from
reforestation of the local area, visiting orphanages, health screening
activities for inhabitants close to the Novartis site and support for the
elderly.
* InThailand , 80 associates will accompany children from a Bangkok
children's home on a day trip. Associates organized an auction and donation
boxes to cover the cost of the children's lunch.
* 260 associates inSpain are expected to donate blood, adapt a farm and
farmland to provide housing and jobs to people suffering from intellectual
disabilities and partake in sports for the disabled.
* InVietnam , over 150 associates will visit a local orphanage where they
will organize sporting and craft activities for the children. They will
also provide care packages to the poor.

About Novartis
Novartis provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the evolving
needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland,
Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these needs: innovative
medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic pharmaceuticals, preventive
vaccines, over-the-counter and animal health products. Novartis is the only
global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2013, the Group
achieved net sales of USD 57.9 billion, while R&D throughout the Group
amounted to approximately USD 9.9 billion (USD 9.6 billion excluding
impairment and amortization charges). Novartis Group companies employ
approximately 135,000 full-time-equivalent associates and sell products in
more than 150 countries around the world. For more information, please
visithttp://www.novartis.com.

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