India and Mexico - Improving Healthcare Access
Since 1986, AmeriCares has distributed more than $19 million worth of donated BD products to 93 countries. By increasing healthcare access to the poverty stricken, AmeriCares helps save lives, reduce suffering and restore health. In 2008, BD in India supported AmeriCares' response to the Myanmar cyclone, delivering an emergency shipment of 20,000 IV infusion sets and injectable medicines to re-supply hospitals. In 2008 and 2009, BD in Mexico is donating BD Eclipse Syringes valued at $2.3 million through AmeriCares to resource-poor healthcare facilities globally.
Sub-Saharan Africa - Strengthening Health Systems
In 2008, BD announced a three-year collaboration valued at $1.25 million with the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and PEPFAR to establish a Wellness Center for Health Care Workers® in Uganda and strengthen existing Centers in Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia. BD committed to donating $250,000 as well as needed training and consulting services. The collaboration aims to address the region's severe health worker shortage by offering care and support services for health workers and their families. In turn, they can better care for their patients and communities.
China - Providing Disaster Relief
The 2008 earthquake in western China touched BD associates around the globe. On the scene, more than 400 of our associates spent countless hours helping with rescue operations and volunteering in healthcare facilities. In addition to BD cash donations to the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Heart to Heart International, Save the Children, and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, BD associates from China, South Korea and the United States raised more than $105,000 for the relief efforts. BD in China also donated syringes, alcohol swabs, IV catheters and blood collection sets to aid relief efforts.
India - Improving Diabetes Care
BD has allocated $1 million over four years to help fund Project HOPE's India Diabetes Educator Project that addresses the country's growing diabetes epidemic by providing education and training to healthcare professionals.