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BD Applauds PEPFAR's Broadened Emphasis on Strengthening Health Systems
Date:1/8/2010

ns is to strengthen healthcare systems in developing countries," said Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President, BD. "This is why we agree with and support this area of strategic emphasis for PEPFAR."

BD's three public-private collaborations with PEPFAR are focused on different areas of health system strengthening. The laboratory strengthening program involves extensive training of laboratory technicians in quality control systems and specific testing procedures for diagnosing and monitoring HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. The Wellness Center initiative, pursued in collaboration with the International Council of Nurses, provides essential services to health workers and their families including discreet HIV testing and treatment. Most recently, BD and PEPFAR announced the launch of a third program focused on safe blood sampling and handling practices. It is anticipated that as many as 10,000 health workers will be trained in this program.

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BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental in combating many of the world's most pressing diseases. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs approximately 29,000 associates in approximately 50 countries throughout the world. The Company serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. For more information, please visit

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