Medtronic Foundation

Medtronic Foundation is committed to expanding health access to quality chronic disease care for the underserved worldwide.


The NCD Burden

Every year, 38 million people worldwide die due to NCDs. Medtronic Foundation is keenly aware that underserved populations frequently live out of reach of quality care. Medtronic Foundation feels it has a responsibility to reduce the global burden of chronic diseases. By empowering people to manage their health challenges, training and supporting health care workers in the field, and collaborating with community leaders and healthcare experts to strengthen health systems, Medtronic  Foundation is providing the expertise and resources to build capacity and strengthen health systems across the globe.

Medtronic Foundation is committed to combating these health disparities around NCDs. 

Medtronic is a global leader in manufacturing medical devices and therapies that address degenerative and chronic conditions. Its philanthropic arm, Medtronic Foundation, is laser-focused on expanding access to healthcare for the underserved around the world, especially those with chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

In order to support the World Health Organization in its mission to reduce premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by 25 percent by 2025, Medtronic Foundation has launched two new programs HealthRise and HeartRescue that address barriers to quality healthcare by leveraging the expertise of its committed and seasoned healthcare professionals, its life-saving products and an array of philanthropic programs.


HealthRise is a five-year, US $17 million community-based program that supports community-based demonstration projects designed to expand access to care and management of chronic NCDs, such as heart disease and diabetes, in India, Brazil, South Africa, and the United States. Medtronic Foundation partners with ABT Associates on HealthRise implementation and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation for program evaluation.


HeartRescue, currently operating in India and China, a five-year collaboration to support community-based projects to reduce death due to sudden cardiac arrest. Medtronic Foundation partners with RTI International on global program implementation and the University of Illinois at Chicago and M.S. Ramaiah Medical College on work in India and the U.S., respectively.


Medtronic by the Numbers

  • Founded in 1949
  • 85,000+ employees
  • 155+ countries
  • 53,000+ patents
  • 460+ locations
  • $97.8 million in charitable contributions (2015)
  • Every three seconds, somewhere around the world, a new person is helped by a Medtronic therapy.

Associates Program

The Medtronic Foundation Associates are highly trained public health professionals who are supporting philanthropic strategies and program implementation for Medtronic Foundation. The associates are hired and supported by the Public Health Institute.

This groundbreaking, flagship initiative serves as a model for public-private partnerships in the field of public health and leads to a more collaborative and effective approach in addressing health burdens domestically and globally.

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Medtronic Foundation is laser-focused on expanding access to healthcare for the underserved around the world, especially those with chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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