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Clinton Global Initiative Announces BD's Commitment to Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital
Date:9/25/2008

BD collaborates with Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve healthcare system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

NEW YORK, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Clinton Global Initiative recognized BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, for its commitment to the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation (DMF) to enhance immune system monitoring and healthcare worker safety at the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital (BMMH) and Research Center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

"Under-resourced healthcare systems in Sub-Saharan Africa face fundamental challenges in addressing HIV, TB and other primary causes of mortality," said Gary Cohen, BD Executive Vice President. "BD is pleased to partner with Dikembe Mutombo and his foundation to support their remarkable work in strengthening the healthcare system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo."

BD and DMF -- founded by NBA star Dikembe Mutombo -- are joining forces to develop a Center of Excellence in Immune System Monitoring and Occupational Health that will focus on healthcare delivery, research, education and training at the medical center in Kinshasa.

"The Democratic Republic of the Congo is only now recovering from the ravages of a decade of war and disease," said Mr. Mutombo. "Opened last December, the Biamba Marie Mutombo Hospital is a state-of-the-art hospital that is improving health, education and quality of life. Through our partnership with BD, the hospital will promote occupational health and safety while expanding the capacity to monitor immune systems. We applaud the Clinton Global Initiative for building widespread public awareness of these critical public health issues."

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