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Abbott provides initial support for flood relief efforts in Pakistan


Abbott and its philanthropic foundation the Abbott Fund are providing US$335,000 (Rs 28.7 million) in initial humanitarian aid to help with flood relief efforts in Pakistan. Working in partnership with global relief partners and local organizations in Pakistan, Abbott and the Abbott Fund are providing grant funding and Abbott is donating health care products.

Support from Abbott and the Abbott Fund includes US$175,000 (Rs 15 million) in grants to AmeriCares, CARE Pakistan, the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and Swat Relief Initiative. Abbott is donating antibiotics, rehydration solutions, vitamins and medicine valued at US$160,000 (Rs 13.7 million) to AmeriCares, Direct Relief International, Medical Teams International and Swat Relief Initiative. In addition, Abbott Pakistan is working in partnership with the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) to develop a plan for local Abbott employees to contribute cash donations and volunteer to help package food and additional relief supplies for distribution in affected areas.

Abbott and the Abbott Fund will continue to work with key relief partners to assess and respond to ongoing needs.

About Abbott's Global Humanitarian Relief Efforts

As part of its commitment to responsible global citizenship, Abbott has a long history of providing humanitarian relief around the world. In addition to supporting relief efforts in Pakistan, Abbott and the Abbott Fund provided significant support for relief efforts in Chile and Haiti. This included work with Direct Relief International in Haiti to strategically pre-position critical products in advance of potential natural disasters. As a result, several health centers in Haiti were able to provide Abbott health care products to people in need immediately following the earthquake.

About Abbott and the Abbott Fund

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs approximately 83,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Abbott has been operating in Pakistan since 1948, employs more than 1,300 people and is headquartered in Karachi. Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's Web site at www.abbott.com.

The Abbott Fund is a philanthropic foundation established by Abbott in 1951. The Abbott Fund's mission is to create healthier global communities by investing in creative ideas that promote science, expand access to health care and strengthen communities worldwide. For more information on the Abbott Fund, visit www.abbottfund.org.

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