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BD and Direct Relief International Launch Second Volunteer Service Trip to Improve Healthcare in Ghana
Date:3/27/2008

King's Medical Centre and Maranatha Maternity Clinic to build on their existing patient care services by:

-- Bolstering all three clinics' laboratory diagnostic capabilities to

help detect malaria-induced anemia (a major issue for pregnant mothers)

and tuberculosis;

-- 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

supply forecasting.

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.

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