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In addition to deployment of the company's core competencies, BD is committed to improving global health through philanthropic and volunteer initiatives.


Through the BD Volunteer Program, BD regularly sends teams of its associates to remote health facilities to help build local health capacity through training, construction, health services, and laboratory strengthening.

  • In 2005, BD collaborated with the Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB) to send teams of BD associates to five health centers in Zambia. Recognizing the need for follow up, BD associates returned to Zambia in 2006 to continue their work at the same health centers.
  • In 2007, BD collaborated with Direct Relief International to send BD associates to two health centers in Ghana.

BD provided philanthropic support to Save the Children for the establishment of clinics for HIV-positive children in Eastern Europe and Ethiopia.

BD provided substantial monetary donations and an advanced, automated cell analysis system to the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) to assist in the development of an HIV vaccine.

BD is an active member of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS and is a leading voice in advocacy for supporting the fight against this disease in developing countries.

BD supports the Measles Initiative, a long-term commitment by the American Red Cross and its partners to eliminate measles deaths in Africa. BD's commitment to this initiative includes cash contributions, product donations, safe-injection training, and additional support.

BD was the first and largest corporate partner with the United States Fund for UNICEF in its effort to support UNICEF's goal of eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) worldwide. BD committed substantial monetary and in-kind donations (including 135 million safe-injection devices) to prevent the spread of HIV and other diseases in the MNT immunization initiative.