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The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership Provides Unique Model for Fight Against Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in South Africa
Date:11/9/2007

(WHO) to supply medicine to countries approved by the WHO Green Light Committee (GLC). The GLC helps countries gain access to high-quality, second-line anti-TB medicines so they can provide treatment for people with MDR-TB in line with WHO guidelines.

In addition to the transfer of technology, The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership enhances access to medicines, trains doctors and nurses, raises awareness, promotes prevention, supports communities, advocates on behalf of patients and conducts early-stage drug discovery.

"The Lilly Partnership initiatives all have one thing in common -- improved care for some of the world's most vulnerable people," said Dr. Patrizia Carlevaro, Head of the International Aid Unit for Eli Lilly and Company. "Through initiatives that create immediate, yet sustainable solutions, our shared goal is to contain and someday conquer this deadly disease."

Lilly will host a Satellite Symposium, "The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership: Coming Together to Fight TB Resistance," at the IUATLD meeting. The Symposium is focused on sharing best practices and insights about this public-private initiative, which is now in its fifth year. The IUATLD, composed of 127 member countries, has provided technical assistance, education and research promoting lung health in low- and middle-income countries for nearly a century.

The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership business model, including its unique transfer of technology, is making such an impact that it is now being taught as part of public policy course work at INSEAD in Paris, France, and soon will be taught at Harvard and Columbia Universities in the U.S.

About the Lilly MDR-TB Partnership

The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership was created to confront multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a disease so daunting that no single organization can fight it alone. Since 2003, this public-private initiative, mobilizing 14 partners on five continents, has worked together to share expertise in the quest to contain and conqu
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