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GlaxoSmithKline and The Carter Center Reaffirm Commitment to Global Public Health with Expansion of LF Program
Date:12/4/2008

- GSK CEO marks 10th anniversary of drive to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF) with donation of one-billionth albendazole tablet and grant to The Carter Center

LONDON and PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a meeting today with former U.S. President and founder of The Carter Center, Jimmy Carter, as well as global health thought leaders from around the world, GlaxoSmithKline (LSE/NYSE: GSK) announced that it has made a $250,000 donation to The Carter Center to assist the Ministry of Health of Ethiopia with launching a program to eliminate lymphatic filariasis (LF). The program will be launched in the Gambella region of Ethiopia, currently known as the most LF-endemic part of the country. The donation to The Carter Center will help enable a two-year initiative to scale up mass drug administration for LF there.

The announcement was made during a celebration for the 10th anniversary of GSK's commitment to the Global Program to Eliminate LF at The Carter Center in Atlanta. LF remains one of the seven diseases deemed eradicable by the International Task Force for Disease Eradication, along with polio, mumps, rubella, pork tapeworm, Guinea worm disease, and measles. Since the LF program began a decade ago, it has prevented 6.6 million children from acquiring LF. At the event, GSK also stated the company would scale up its manufacturing to quadruple the supply of medicine to the program.

Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, reaffirmed the healthcare company's commitment to global public health, with a focus on diseases of the developing world, stating, "It is truly humbling to be a part of a program that has managed to treat 570 million people in 48 countries. GSK is proud of the role we have played in the LF program and we are fully committed to ridding the world of this disease. F
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