Thursday - December 14, 2006

Bayer donates antibiotics to MAP International for Africa and Latin America

Leverkusen. Bayer HealthCare has donated antibiotic with a wholesale value of more than US$25 million to MAP (Medical Assistance Programs) International.

The aid organisation will distribute the critically needed antibiotic to clinics and hospitals in Africa and Latin America that are fighting on the front lines in the battle against diseases of poverty where there is little or no access to essential medicines.

"The successful and ambitious work of MAP is impressive," said Dr Gunnar Riemann, Head of Bayer HealthCare’s Pharmaceuticals Division, following the official signing of the agreement. "We are delighted to be able to contribute to their health programs with our donation."

MAP International President and CEO Michael Nyenhuis says the donation of this specific drug is particularly significant in MAP’s work to save lives in impoverished communities.

"More than 20,000 people die each day in Africa from preventable diseases," said Mr Nyenhuis. "By joining MAP, Bayer will help us to save lives in areas of the world where there is little or no access to essential medicines. With many people earning less than the equivalent of US$1 a day, life-saving antibiotics are beyond their economic reach. Bayer is helping MAP to bridge this gap in poor countries."

About MAP International
MAP International headquartered in Brunswick, Georgia (USA), is one of the fifty largest non-profit organisations. Founded in 1954 as Medical Assistance Programs, MAP International today promotes the total health of impoverished people in over 115 countries. MAP distributes more than US$300 million in donated live-saving medicines and health supplies to over 100 countries annually. Read more on their website.

Bayer HealthCare
Bayer HealthCare, a subsidiary of Bayer AG, is one of the world’s leading, innovative companies in the health care and medical products industry based in Leverkusen/Germany. In 2005, the Bayer HealthCare subgroup generated sales amounting to some €9.4 billion. Bayer HealthCare employed 33,800 people world-wide in 2005.

The company combines the global activities of the divisions Animal Health, Consumer Care, Diabetes Care, Diagnostics and Pharmaceuticals. Since 1 January 2006, the new Pharmaceuticals Division consists of the former Biological Products and Pharmaceuticals Division and now comprises three business units: Hematology/Cardiology, Oncology and Primary Care.

Bayer HealthCare’s aim is to discover and manufacture products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. The products enhance well-being and quality of life by diagnosing, preventing and treating diseases.

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