ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Nov. 15 Abbott (NYSE: ABT) issupporting Operation Smile's global initiative to help bring smiles to kidswith facial deformities by providing treatment to an estimated 5,000 childrenin need of surgeries. The initiative, which is part of Operation Smile's 25thanniversary celebration -- World Journey of Smiles -- takes place this monthand consists of 40 medical missions across 25 countries. Abbott has donated1,700 bottles of its anesthesia product, valued at almost $500,000, for thesurgeries.
"Abbott has supported Operation Smile for many years, and once again isproviding critical support as we work to transform the lives of childrenthrough our World Journey of Smiles initiative," said Bill Magee, M.D.,Co-founder and CEO of Operation Smile. "We are proud to be their partner inimproving the health of children and adults around the world."
Since 1993, Abbott and Abbott Fund have donated more than $3 million ingrants and products to support Operation Smile medical missions, helping treatmore than 20,000 patients worldwide. In 2005, Abbott Fund expanded itspartnership with Operation Smile to help build sustainable health carecapacity in developing countries, including strengthening the expertise ofpediatricians and anesthesiologists to provide emergency critical care. Todate, Abbott Fund and Operation Smile have trained more than 1,600 healthworkers in nine developing countries.
"Abbott is proud to help Operation Smile accomplish its 25th anniversarygoal of bringing smiles and hope to an estimated 5,000 children in 25countries," said Kathy Pickus, director, Global Citizenship and Policy,Abbott. "Through ongoing medical missions and programs to train healthworkers, we look forward to continuing our partnership to make an enduringcontribution to improving people's lives."
About Operation Smile (www.operationsmile.org)
Founded in 1982, Operation Smile, headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, is aworldwide children's medical charity whose network of global volunteers arededicated to helping improve the health and lives of children and youngadults. Since its founding, Operation Smile has treated more than 100,000children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. Inaddition to contributing free medical treatment, Operation Smile trains localmedical professionals in its 25 partner countries and leaves behind crucialequipment to lay the groundwork for long-term self-sufficiency.
About Abbott and Abbott Fund
In 2006, Abbott and Abbott Fund provided nearly $300 million in grants andproduct donations to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide,including supporting medical missions and other global humanitarian efforts inmore than 98 countries.
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to thediscovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals andmedical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. Thecompany employs 65,000 people and markets its products in more than 130countries. Abbott's news releases and other information are available on thecompany's Web site at www.abbott.com.
Abbott Fund is a philanthropic foundation established by Abbott in 1951.Abbott Fund's mission is to create healthier global communities by investingin creative ideas that promote science, expand access to health care andstrengthen communities worldwide. For more information on Abbott Fund, visitwww.abbottfund.org.