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AmeriCares Honors Merck with Power of Partnership Award
Date:6/3/2013

STAMFORD, Conn., June 3, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AmeriCares has presented its annual Power of Partnership Award to Merck & Co. Inc. in recognition of the company's outstanding commitment to helping disaster survivors and improving health in the developing world. Merck is one of AmeriCares most committed donors, providing both products and financial support for the global health and disaster relief organization's aid programs.

AmeriCares President and CEO Curt Welling presented the award today at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association's (HDMA) Business and Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla. AmeriCares and HDMA created the Power of Partnership Award to recognize medical manufacturing and distribution organizations that have shown exceptional dedication to expanding access to health care for disadvantaged populations.

"Merck has demonstrated remarkable support for AmeriCares Emergency Response Program, as well as enormous compassion for disaster survivors," Welling said. "With Merck's help, we have assisted millions of people around the world in desperate need following earthquakes, floods, tornadoes and other emergencies. Most recently, in the immediate aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Merck generously donated cash, vaccines and chronic care medications to aid survivors."

In addition to helping AmeriCares respond to disasters in the moment, Merck has been forward leaning, providing critical funding in advance of anticipated crises. Its sponsorship of a ground-breaking rapid response capability enabled AmeriCares and its partner icddr,b to reduce cholera-related deaths in Sierra Leone last year.

Since 1989 Merck has provided AmeriCares with more than $210 million in medicines for distribution to 94 countries. The company's support includes sponsoring a 5-year program to combat cardiovascular disease
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