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Lilly Foundation Commits US $30 Million to The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership
Date:10/26/2011

-TB Partnership will continue to work with partners at the global and local level, with a specific focus in China, India, Russia and South Africa – the four countries with the highest burden of MDR-TB.

Furthermore, the partnership will use the following approach to guide its efforts:

  • Research: Pilot and collect data on new and existing best practices to combat MDR-TB – specifically in the areas of healthcare provider training and improving access to second-line medicines;
  • Report: Work with well-respected partners to share data and key learnings; and
  • Advocate: Inform key stakeholders about the findings and encourage the adaptation and scale-up of proven, cost-effective solutions.

With the additional US $30 million in funding, Lilly and the Lilly Foundation will have committed a total of US $165 million from 2003-2016 in cash, product and in-kind services and material to The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership and external early drug discovery efforts for TB.

In 2016, Lilly will conclude its role in The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership. Over the next five years, Lilly will support its partners to help ensure they are well positioned to carry on the partnership's work – with the ultimate goal of sharing learnings with the global health community so that successful solutions can be sustained and replicated around the world.

"We are very proud to make this announcement today. Yet, our financial contribution is small compared to the billions of dollars needed to fight MDR-TB. We cannot solve this global challenge alone, but – given our unique experience and capabilities – we will continue to play an important role as a catalyst," said John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., Eli Lilly and Company chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Our goal over the next five years is to focus the partnership on finding effective new approaches that improve pat
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