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Lilly and Partners In Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital Team Up to Fight MDR-TB in Former Soviet Republics
Date:2/26/2008

The Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Provides $4 Million to Underwrite PIH/BWH Education and Training Programs in Countries that are Part of New

WHO Report on Drug Resistant TB

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) and Partners In Health (PIH) today announced a series of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) trainings for health officials and physicians treating drug-resistant patients in 10 former Soviet Republics. The trainings will be conducted by experts from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), a major Harvard University teaching hospital closely affiliated with PIH, and are funded as part of a $4 million grant made to PIH and BWH through The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership.

The announcement was made in conjunction with the release here today by the World Health Organization of the largest survey ever conducted on the global spread of MDR-TB. The report covers data on both MDR-TB and XDR-TB (extensively drug resistant TB) collected in more than 80 countries. The report, "Anti-Tuberculosis Drug Resistance In The World," calls for "urgent measures" to address the HIV-MDR-TB co-epidemic and prevent the more rapid spread of the highly contagious and deadly disease.

"When I visit patients in these clinics and see that they are getting better, I'm thankful for the contribution of everyone working to end this disease," said Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D., co-founder of Partners In Health and Associate Chief of the Division of Social Medicine and Health Inequalities at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "Our work must continue because it is making a significant impact on MDR-TB."

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