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FXB Center Partners With The Merck Company Foundation to Reduce Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission Rates in Botswana
Date:3/24/2011

160;The FXB Center has been working in Botswana since 2003 providing technical assistance to its Ministry of Health with a focus on training the country's healthcare workers to address the epidemic. The Center has conducted seminars and training programs, produced training materials, and conducted a national wellness for healthcare workers program.  

"Botswana has made great progress in treating HIV and reducing transmission rates under the leadership of Mary Jo Hoyt, director of Global FXB Programs, with support from the entire FXB global team," notes Andrea Norberg, FXB Center interim executive director.  "However, with Botswana having the world's second highest rate of people living with HIV, there is still much more to be done. We are grateful to The Merck Foundation for providing the means for the FXB Center to ramp up its in-country PMTCT training program."

About the Foundation of UMDNJ

The Foundation of UMDNJ, an affiliate of New Jersey Health Foundation, is an independent, not-for-profit organization that solicits private sector support by connecting individuals, corporations and foundations that want to advance healthcare with those at UMDNJ who are pursuing those same passions. For more information, visit www.foundationofumdnj.org.

About The Merck Company Foundation

The Merck Company Foundation is a U.S.-based, private charitable foundation. Established in 1957 by Merck, a global healthcare leader, the Foundation is funded entirely by the company and is Merck's chief source of funding support to qualified non-profit, charitable organizations.  Since its inception, The Merck Company Foundation has contributed more than $600 million to support important initiatives that address societal needs and are consistent with Merck's overall mission to help the world be well.  For more information, visit '/>"/>

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