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Unilever to expand telemedicine services in Indonesia, Vietnam

Consumer giant aims for over 200 million to see a dentist by 2025

Unilever has attached a QR code to its Pepsodent toothpaste that connects Indonesian consumers with telemedicine platforms. (Source photos by Nana Shibata)

JAKARTA -- British consumer goods giant Unilever is expanding free telemedicine services across emerging markets facing a serious doctor shortage, the company's oral care head told Nikkei Asia, seeing the initiative as an "investment" to boost its business.

The London-headquartered seller of more than 400 brands including Lifebuoy soap, Ben and Jerry's ice cream, Pepsodent toothpaste and Vaseline operates in over 190 countries and recorded turnover of 60.1 billion euros ($65 billion) last year. Among its social enterprises is one aimed at getting more people to the dentist.

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