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Abbott Fund to Build First Pediatric HIV/AIDS Clinic in Tanzania
Date:8/29/2008

s and their family's other daily needs. This program has reduced pediatric AIDS mortality by more than 90 percent in Constanta -- the epicenter of pediatric HIV in Europe.

In 2007, BIPAI opened the first pediatric HIV care clinic in Malawi, also supported by the Abbott Fund. This original clinic has now expanded to include satellite clinics in rural areas, treating nearly 2,300 children with HIV.

To date, the Abbott Fund has provided a total of more than $28 million in grants and donated products to support the treatment of children with HIV in the developing world.

About the Abbott Fund in Tanzania

Improving hospital laboratories is the latest effort in the ongoing partnership between the Abbott Fund and the Government of Tanzania, which began in 2001. To date, the Abbott Fund has invested more than $50 million to strengthen Tanzania's health system.

In 2007, the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC) honored the Abbott Fund with an Award for Business Excellence for National Action for its public-private partnership with the Government of Tanzania to fight HIV/AIDS. Key results to date include:

-- At Muhimbili National Hospital, the national teaching and reference hospital for Tanzania, the Abbott Fund built a new outpatient center that serves hundreds of patients each day and integrates HIV care with other services, and renovated, automated and computerized the central pathology laboratory;

-- Trained more than 10,000 health care workers;

-- Provided HIV counseling and testing for more than 150,000 people, and donated one million rapid HIV tests to the Tanzanian national HIV testing initiative; and

-- Helped more than 150,000 children and families by providing access to health services, education and training, and pioneering legal protection for orphans and widows affected by HIV/AIDS.

Most recently, ground was broken on the first of 23 hospital laboratories to be
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