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BD and Heart to Heart International Launch Volunteer Service Trip to Help "Build Back Better" in Haiti
Date:6/9/2011

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  • Collaborating with the National Lab of Haiti to develop Standard Operating Procedures for medical laboratories and providing lab training to improve diagnostic practices and disease management
  • Constructing laboratories in two urban healthcare clinics and developing a "lab in a box" for satellite and mobile clinics in rural areas to increase access to quality care
  • Creating materials for and conducting healthcare worker and patient education on proper hygiene, nutrition and sexually transmitted diseases to help reduce the spread of disease
  • Replacing temporary patient facilities with permanent structures to improve care conditions.

  • American Airlines, which has provided air service to Haiti for 40 years and continues to support the country's rebuilding efforts, donated its services to provide international air transportation for BD's volunteers into Port-au-Prince.  

    "Partnership is one of our core values and is critical to our mission," said Andre Butler, Chief Executive Officer, Heart to Heart. "We have partnered with BD for nearly a decade, and this Volunteer Service Trip only deepens our relationship and our ability to strengthen communities throughout Haiti and beyond. BD employees are helping to establish vital lab services and paving the way for future Heart to Heart volunteers throughout Haiti. Their efforts and dedication will impact lives for years to come."

    This is the sixth company-sponsored Volunteer Service Trip that BD associates have made to improve sustainable healthcare capacity in medically underserved regions.  BD's previous volunteer trips served regions of Ghana and Zambia in sub-Saharan Africa. Beyond the Volunteer Service Trip, BD and Heart to Heart have worked together since 2003, helping people in developing countries and disaster-ravaged areas, supplying and delivering specifically requested medical supplies to communities in greatest need. BD and its associates contribu
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