WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) won a Corporate CitizenshipAward at The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Business Civic Leadership Center(BCLC)'s 9th annual dinner and celebration last night at the National BuildingMuseum. Lilly and ICN were recognized for their groundbreaking work incombating the rising global threat of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) worldwide. A unique voting system landed Lilly and ICN as this year'swinner of the Partnership Award. Thousands of online voters cast their ballotson BCLC's Web site during the one-month selection process.
"The prevalence of preventable, but lethal, diseases is a major hurdle tosustainable global development," said BCLC Executive Director Stephen Jordan."Congratulations and thank you to Lilly and its partner, ICN, for helpingcreate a more healthy and prosperous world."
Through its partnership with Lilly, ICN offers training and educationprograms that are supplemented by global teaching resources, E-tools, and anannual awards program that honors nursing excellence in each of thehigh-burden TB countries.
ICN/Lilly 2007 award recipient, Kefilwe Mamagoale Mathlala, chief nurseand active nurse educator based at the Witbank TB Hospital in South Africa,emphasized the fundamental motivator for nurses caring for patients with TBand MDR-TB. "What I like most is when I see a patient cured and going home,"she said.
Lilly CEO and President John Lechleiter, who accepted the award on Lilly'sbehalf, thanked Lilly's 17 partners working in 60 countries and communitiesthroughout the world for their dedication to achieving the World HealthOrganization's goal of treating 50 million people by 2015.
"Lilly is proud to support this global effort involving nurses, doctors,hospital administrators, research institutions, businesses, governments, andsocial service and advocacy institutions," Lechleiter said. "Stopping MDR-TBis not about a single action -- it's about a series of joint initiatives thatimprove survival for some of the world's most vulnerable and hard-to-treatpatients -- and give them hope."
David Benton, CEO of the International Council of Nurses, underscored theimportance of the Partnership. "Nurses are the world's front-line resourceagainst the deadly global pandemics facing us today. Lilly's support hashelped us scale up our training efforts so we can save millions of lives byproperly diagnosing and treating TB and MDR-TB."
The Clinton Global Initiative also recognized the Lilly/ICN partnership inSeptember this year for its commitment to "implement innovative solutionsdesigned to produce tangible results that will positively change lives."
About the International Council of Nurses (ICN)
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) is a federation of 132 nationalnurses associations representing the millions of nurses worldwide. Operatedby nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure qualitynursing care for all and sound health policies globally.
About The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership
The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership was created to confront multidrug-resistanttuberculosis (MDR-TB), a disease so daunting that no single organization canfight it alone. The public-private partnership mobilizes 18 partners on fivecontinents in the battle to stop the spread of this disease and ultimatelysave lives. The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership is especially active in thehigh-burden countries of China, India, Russia and South Africa. Lilly's hasfinancially invested $135 million for this effort. More information isavailable at www.lillymdr-tb.com. C-LLY
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