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Direct Relief International is one of the oldest and largest non-sectarian disaster relief and medical assistance charities in the United States, providing $1 billion in aid to 59 countries since 2000. To improve Ghana's public and private healthcare facilities, Direct Relief has been supplying critically needed medicines, medical supplies and equipment since 1991. For more information, please visit ww w.directrelief.org. Partners on common ground 1 FORTUNE, March 2009 2 Ethisphere® Magazine, June 2008 Please visit www.bd.com BD and BD logo are trademarks of Becton, Dickinson and Company. ©2009 BD Ghana's journey toward improved healthcare has been long and difficult. Diseases such as measles, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS continue to be significant health threats. The problem is compounded by the lack of diagnostic testing and medical care in rural locations, contributing to Ghana's high rate of infant and maternal mortality. BD, acknowledged by the Brookings Institution for best practices in international corporate volunteering, offered its associates the opportunity to strengthen healthcare systems first-hand by working with Direct Relief's local health partners. From laboratory training to construction, the volunteers harnessed their talents to collectively improve the lives of others. By educating healthcare providers, building a new healthcare facility, upgrading laboratory capabilities and devising clean-water solutions, these volunteers enhanced vitally needed services in three regions of Ghana. Named one of the World's Most Admired Companies®1 as well as one of the World's Most Ethical Companies,2 BD provides advanced medical technology to serve the global community's greatest needs. BD -- Helping all people live healthy lives.