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Lilly Announces Major Donation of Insulin to International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child Program; Initial Focus Will Be on Sub-Saharan Africa
Date:11/12/2008

Donation of more than 800,000 insulin vials to provide free life-saving

medicine to an estimated 24,000 children over four years

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company today announced it intends to donate more than 800,000 vials of insulin to the International Diabetes Federation's Life for a Child Program, providing free life-saving medicine to as many as 24,000 children who currently have no access to diabetes treatment.

The initial focus of the donations will be to help children with diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa. This donation will allow the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to expand its work meaningfully over the next four years in at least nine of the poorest countries on the continent.

Lilly's donation is the largest corporate insulin donation to the Life for a Child Program and one of Lilly's largest single contributions of free insulin in the 85 years since the company introduced the world's first mass-produced insulin in 1923.

Lilly made the announcement at this time to commemorate the theme of this year's World Diabetes Day (November 14) -- diabetes in children and adolescents.

"Diabetes is emerging as one of the most serious health problems of our time, and children with diabetes in the developing world are particularly vulnerable," said Dr. Carlos Paya, vice president, Lilly Research Laboratories and leader of Lilly's Global Diabetes and Endocrine Platform. "For nearly nine decades, Lilly has been at the forefront of providing solutions to combat the problems of diabetes around the world, and there is no more dire need right now than to ensure children with diabetes in the developing world - particularly sub-Saharan Africa - have access to the insulin they need to stay alive. We are committed to working with IDF to help these children survive."

The Life for a Child Program provides access to care, education and life-saving medicines and supplies to support
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