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BROTHER'S BROTHER FOUNDATION AND B'NAI B'RITH INTERNATIONAL SEND MEDICAL DONATION VALUED AT $1.5 MILLION TO ARGENTINA.
May 15, 2002
Brother's Brother Foundation, Pittsburgh, and B'nai B'rith, International, Washington, D.C., just sent $1,500,000 of donated pharmaceuticals (antibiotics, heart, urinary tract infections, and hypertension) to the people of Argentina. The medicine was given by Teva, an Israeli pharmaceutical company and Mylan. This is the third air shipment to Argentina (total wholesale value $3,000,000)
This donation, which includes over one million tablets and capsules, will be distributed by B'nai B'rith, Argentina and a Catholic organization CARITAS as well as the Ministry of Health of Argentina to hospitals and clinics throughout the country. Adolfo Cheistwer, Board member of Brother's Brother Foundation, also a member of B'nai B'rith will be in Argentina at the end of May to help with the distribution of this donation.
Argentina, a country of 36,000,000 people is experiencing a dramatic downturn in their economy with over 22% employment and almost 50% of the population is living below the poverty level. B'nai B'rith International - with members in 58 countries - is the world's best-known Jewish rights, community action, and humanitarian organization. It is active throughout Latin America and a major component in Argentina.
The donation was initiated by Brother's Brother Foundation Trustee Adolfo Cheistwer, an Argentine-American living in Pittsburgh, who has made three trips to Argentina over the past six months visiting with local charity and government leaders, who gave authorization to receive the donation earlier this week. This donation was sent with the collaboration of BBF's Board Chair, Stanley Cohen.
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