STAMFORD, Conn., June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AmeriCares has awarded its annual Power of Partnership Award to AstraZeneca for its outstanding commitment to increasing access to health care for people in need both here at home and throughout the developing world. In the past year alone, the pharmaceutical company renewed its support for the only breast cancer treatment program for Cambodia's poor, assembled over 14,000 hygiene kits for disaster survivors and, for the second year in a row, donated $5 million in medicines for chronically ill Americans.
AmeriCares President & CEO Curt Welling presented the award today at the Healthcare Distribution Management Association's (HDMA) Business & Leadership Conference in Phoenix. The Power of Partnership Award was created by AmeriCares and HDMA to recognize medical manufacturing and distribution organizations that have shown exceptional dedication to expanding access to medicines and health care for disadvantaged populations.
"AstraZeneca supports our global health programs on every level, from product donations and cash grants to hands-on employee involvement after major disasters," Welling said. "We're restoring health and saving lives every day because of great corporate partners like AstraZeneca."
The company has supported AmeriCares global health programs with over $63 million in product donations since 2003. Over the years, AstraZeneca's lifesaving medicines have reached 68 countries including Cambodia where it supports a program that provides free breast cancer screening, treatment and patient education for impoverished women, along with medical staff training. AstraZeneca, which has been involved since the program's inception in 2007, recently extended its commitment for another three years.
AstraZeneca also supports AmeriCares work in the U.S., from disasters like the recent tornadoes in the South to its ongoing medical aid deliveries