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

in high-burden countries; US $50 million for advocacy activities, community support and health care provider training; and US $15 million to the non-profit TB Drug Discovery Initiative.

The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership has achieved significant results, including:

  • The transfer of manufacturing technology to seven companies around the world to increase availability of MDR-TB medicines and improve standards of care. Companies in China, India, Russia and South Africa – the highest burden countries for MDR-TB – received technology, know-how and trademarks, as well as training and financial support from Lilly.  
  • The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership has trained more than 100,000 health care professionals and nurses to better recognize, diagnose and treat MDR-TB, and to provide care and support to patients and their families.
  • Guidelines and toolkits have been distributed to more than 45,000 hospitals and clinics.
  • TB and MDR-TB messages have reached millions of people in high-risk populations through innovative public awareness campaigns.
  • More than 350 journalists have been educated and trained to report on the disease in ways appropriate to their cultures.
  • The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership's work has been recognized at the highest level, and it has received international awards from the Clinton Initiative, the International Chamber of Commerce, the International Council of Nurses and the Global Business Coalition on Health.

About Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

TB is an airborne bacterium that can spread to any organ of the body, but most often is found in the lungs. Symptoms may include severe and prolonged coughing, fever, weight loss, chest pain and night sweats. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines MDR-TB as resistance to at least two first line anti-TB medicines. This type of TB often develops in patients who do not properly adhere to trea
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