Many families of children with cancer face an additional financial
burden on top of an already overwhelming emotional strain. In
partnership with Family Reach, the AbbVie Foundation has provided
financial support to more than 598 individuals in collaboration with
four hospitals: Packard Children’s Hospital, Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children’s Hospital, Children’s Medical Center at UMass Memorial
Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center.
The World Health Organization estimates that 6 – 7 million people
worldwide are infected with Chagas disease, a neglected tropical
disease that is curable if treatment is initiated soon after
infection. Left untreated, however, it can cause serious heart
conditions and digestive and neurological health issues. Our
continuing partnership with MAP International in Bolivia—a country
with the highest rate of Chagas in the Americas—includes community
health worker training, health education, diagnosis and treatment
support to help prevent and control disease transmission.
The April 2015 Nepal earthquake caused mass damage in an already
fragile country, killing nearly 9,000 people, injuring nearly 23,000
and leaving thousands homeless. With expediency top of mind, we
provided cash grants to help enable our disaster relief
partners—International Medical Corps, Direct Relief, AmeriCares and
MAP International—to ship, deliver and distribute needed medicine and
supplies to the most gravely affected regions.
In 2015 alone, more than 936,000 refugees and migrants entered Europe
after being forced to flee from conflict, wars and persecution in
their home countries. These refugees live without safety and shelter
and are in desperate need of the most basic items. We provided a grant
to our partner International Medical Corps, who provided the refugees
with health services and medical supplies.
Romania experienced one of the highest rates of hepatitis B and C
during the 1990s, but the country lacked the necessary medicines,
testing and counseling to combat these serious liver infections.
Working closely with our partner Baylor International Pediatric AIDS
Initiative (BIPAI), we have provided counseling and testing for more
than 8,500 Romanians.
Since 2002, the AbbVie Foundation has supported the distribution of
approximately 29 million rapid HIV tests free of charge to prevent
maternal-to-child transmission of HIV in 10 African countries. This
program is in partnership with Direct Relief and since the program´s
inception, more than 12 million pregnant women have been tested for
HIV and prevented more than 225,000 potential infections of infants to-date.