-- Bolstering all three clinics' laboratory diagnostic capabilities to
help detect malaria-induced anemia (a major issue for pregnant mothers)
-- Establishing a blood bank system at King's Medical Centre; the closest
existing blood bank is a 45-minute drive;
-- Holding training sessions for obstetric care, infection control and
healthcare worker safety;
-- Assisting with clinic administration procedures for record keeping and
This is the fourth Company-sponsored volunteer service trip that BD associates have made to sub-Saharan Africa and the second with Direct Relief. In 2007, 12 BD volunteers spent three weeks working at the Maranatha Maternity and Motoka clinics in Ghana. BD associates also volunteered at five Zambian clinics in 2005 and 2006 to help strengthen the country's capacity to diagnose and treat infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
Beyond the volunteer service trips, BD and Direct Relief have worked together since 1996, helping people in developing countries and disaster-ravaged areas, supplying and delivering specifically requested medical supplies to communities in greatest need. BD and its associates contribute money, products, talent and time to help people throughout the world treat disease and improve lives by raising health standards.
Direct Relief has assisted public and private healthcare facilities in Ghana since 1991 by supplying more than $5.5 million (wholesale value) of critically needed medicines, medical supplies, nutritional products and medical equipment.
BD, a leading global medical technology company that manufactures and
sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents, is dedicated to
improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving
|SOURCE BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company); Direct ReliefInternational|
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