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Abbott commits cash to Afghan health

13th October 2008

Abbott has announced it has committed a total of $2.5 million (1.46 million pounds) in product donations and funding over the next 12 months to help improve child and maternal health in Afghanistan.

The company states this is part of its partnership with Direct Relief International and the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL).

Abbott’s commitment will aid the AIL to conduct workshops for around 300 women in locations including Kabul, Heart and Bamiyan Provinces to help provide education on general health care, child birth, breastfeeding and hygiene practices, it adds.

Katherine Pickus, senior director of global citizenship and policy at Abbott, states Afghanistan has the second-highest maternal mortality ratio in the world, with 70 pregnant Afghan women dying each day.

“By building off the results from previous years and continuing our work with Direct Relief and the AIL, we are able to achieve a multiplier effect that will greatly improve the lives of thousands of Afghan women and children,” she adds.

In recent days, Abbott announced the opening of a new laboratory in Ludwigshafen.

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