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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.

BBF is a 56-year old Pittsburgh-based international charity with a newly opened warehouse in Fairfax, Virginia.  BBF has provided over 100,000 tons of medical supplies, textbooks, food, seeds, and other humanitarian supplies to people around the world in over 140 countries.  With the help of gifts from the general public, corporations and foundations, in 2013 BBF sent product contributions to those in need in 64 countries.  These shipments were the equivalent of 252 tractor trailer loads.  Also in 2013, BBF provided supplies for 321 medical and humanitarian hand-carry mission trips.  Within the last month the Virginia warehouse assisted with supplies for two containers to the affected countries in Africa.

Forbes Magazine highlighted BBF as one of only three charities with a 100% rating for both fundraising efficiency and charitable commitment of the 50 largest charities reviewed in November 2013.  The Better Business Bureau continues to give BBF its “Wise Giving Alliance Standards” seal of approval.  BBF achieved a 4-star rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency from Charity Navigator. 

Donations to assist with shipping costs are greatly appreciated. Credit card donations can be made by calling Brother's Brother Foundation at 412-321-3160. Checks should be made out to Brother's Brother Foundation and sent to:
Brother's Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

For additional information, please contact:
Karen Dempsey, Vice President Development/Administration

Luke Hingson, President

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