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Limited access to clinical and laboratory health services is one of the largest constraints to battling disease in developing countries.  The majority of the disease burden exists in non-urban locations (districts and rural villages), and access to health services in these locations is often poor to nonexistent.


BD is committed to helping improve the fundamental capacity to deliver healthcare, including access to trained healthcare workers and to clinical and laboratory products and services.

Through collaboration with over 20 health agencies, universities, NGOs, and international agencies, BD has conducted over 500 Good Laboratory Practices workshops in more than 59 developing countries, providing hands-on training to more than 4,500 laboratory workers.  This training is focused on implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for immune-system monitoring of HIV/AIDS patients (CD4 testing).  It also teaches fundamental laboratory practices such as quality control and blood sampling, and is presently being expanded to cover TB-testing procedures.  Associated with this Good Laboratory Practices workshop initiative, BD has established eight training centers in locations around the world including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and South America.  For example, BD has collaborated with Stellenbosch University in South Africa and the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Kenya to open training centers in these countries. These centers have fully outfitted laboratories with equipment donated by BD, and when not in use for training purposes, the laboratories are available for actual patient monitoring and HIV/AIDS research.

In 2000, BD, together with the Program for Appropriate Technology in Healthcare (PATH) developed a training manual entitled "Giving Safe Injections: Using Auto-Disable Syringes for Immunization."  This manual was created for healthcare workers who inject vaccines, and includes information on how to administer a vaccination without harming the recipient or the healthcare worker. BD healthcare professionals continue to engage with local Ministries of Health, national organizations, and international agencies to train thousands of healthcare workers each year.  Since 2000, BD has conducted over 250 Immunization Injection Safety Trainings in 49 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Latin America.

BD is an HIV/AIDS collaborating partner of the Millennium Villages Project. This commitment includes funding for the project's global HIV/AIDS coordinator and in-country health coordinators, as well as collaboration on diagnostic and clinical infrastructure and core competency needs.

BD and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) recently announced a multi-year initiative to provide health and wellness services to healthcare providers working on the front lines in four African nations.  This collaboration will help address the risk to health workers in sub-Saharan Africa associated with the very high levels of disease prevalence in their healthcare environment. 

BD collaborates with the Academic Alliance Foundation and the Infectious Disease Institute at Makerere University in Uganda to develop training programs on clinical, public health, and laboratory practices for clinicians and researchers from throughout sub-Saharan Africa.