Ten BD Associates Head to Africa as Part of Unique Volunteer Project
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., and NEW YORK, May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BD
(Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX), a global medical technology
company, and the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) today announced an
innovative collaboration to help combat HIV/AIDS in Zambia. A group of ten BD
associates from around the world will work with CMMB at five rural healthcare
facilities to assist in the fight against the deadly disease. More than 350 BD
associates worldwide applied to participate in this effort; several of those
selected are specialists with a laboratory background.
The BD team is scheduled to arrive in Zambia on May 8, 2005. During their
two-week assignment, the volunteers will perform various functions, including:
Laboratory Trainer -- to focus on raising awareness and increasing best
practices for routine lab and HIV/AIDS testing; General Assistants -- to teach
basic skills to local residents; and Construction Workers -- to repair and
renovate hospitals and clinics.
"CMMB is proud to partner in this model employee volunteer program that
demonstrates BD's leadership among its industry in the global response to
HIV/AIDS," said John ("Jack") F. Galbraith, President and CEO of CMMB. "This
initiative utilizes CMMB's longstanding global volunteer program expertise and
BD's resources and talent to make a real difference in the Zambian communities
where the volunteers will work."
"This program is a celebration of BD associates' belief in our corporate
purpose of helping all people live healthy lives," said Edward J. Ludwig, BD
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "CMMB is the ideal partner
for this program because of their heritage and expertise in the developing
world and their exclusive focus on global healthcare issues."
In preparation for the trip, BD associates from offices worldwide have
contributed funds, which were in part matched by BD. Additionally, the
volunteers' own fundraising initiative consisted of t-shirts and wristbands
they developed to be sold both inside and outside the company. The funds
raised will be used to purchase everything from textbooks to extension ladders
for the clinics in Zambia. BD has also secured the donation of five new
BD's own product donations will include phlebotomy items (tubes, needle
holders, sharps containers), labware (petrie dishes, pipettes), syphilis
tests, syringes, needles, thermometers, alcohol swabs and antiseptic scrubs.
"Currently, an estimated 16 percent of Zambia's population is HIV
positive. The average life expectancy is 37 and there is limited access to
healthcare, especially in rural areas," said Dr. Elizabeth Musaba, Country
Director, Zambia, CMMB. "We are thankful to the BD volunteers who will work in
some of the neediest rural Zambian communities."
BD hopes to be able to conduct additional volunteer programs in other
locations in the future.
Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), founded in 1928, is the leading
U.S.-based Catholic charity focusing exclusively on international healthcare,
particularly the well being of women and children. CMMB works collaboratively
and without discrimination to deliver solutions to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in
Africa, and provide primary healthcare in Latin American and the Caribbean.
Global initiatives include recruitment and placement of medical volunteers,
medicine and medical supply shipments, emergency development and training
grants for in-country primary healthcare workers. In FY 2004, CMMB provided
$128 million in healthcare assistance in more than 48 countries worldwide.
BD is a medical technology company that serves healthcare institutions,
life science researchers, clinical laboratories, industry and the general
public. BD manufactures and sells a broad range of medical supplies, devices,
laboratory equipment and diagnostic products. For the fiscal year ended
September 30, 2004, BD reported total revenues of $4.935 billion.
SOURCE BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company); Catholic Medical Mission Board
SOURCE BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)
Patricia A. Spinella, Investor Relations, +1-201-847-5453, or Colleen T. White,
Corporate Communications, +1-201-847-5369, both of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)