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In addition to supplying both money and products in partnership with proven social organizations, we encourage and create opportunities for our employees to volunteer their time and expertise to help our partners address social challenges worldwide. At Teva, we are all members of communities in the countries where we operate and are committed to strengthening local social infrastructure. Together we aim to create long-term, systemic change for patients most at risk.
In 2014, we became the National Corporate Partner of Volunteers in Medicine to make healthcare services more readily available to uninsured patients in approximately 1,100 clinics across the U.S. Through our newly established U.S. Bulk Donations Program, we can contribute medicines that reach thousands of patients via these clinics. These donations allow Volunteers in Medicine to provide low-income patients with treatment from medical, dental, behavioral and other professionals. In the U.S. alone, this year we donated over $66 million to ensure that thousands of patients can benefit from increased access to essential medical treatments.Lately we have supplemented these two aspects of patient care with the Teva Community Partnership Program, which connects Teva employees with opportunities to donate to and volunteer with supportive services for patients. Our employees have participated in a range of activities, from sewing pillowcases for children in hospitals to donating to an organization that pays everyday expenses for cancer patients.
We believe that one of the most effective ways of tackling global health issues is to build sustainable partnerships with leading non-profit organizations. Our longstanding partnership with Direct Relief continues to set the standard for safe handling of products directly to those who can benefit from them. Donating our own medicines is a large and welcome contribution to global health, and the organization’s ability to distribute medicines within two to three weeks ensures they can be used before the expiration date would require them to be destroyed. At the end of 2014, Direct Relief prepared the largest shipment of medical goods in its 66-year history. Teva worked quickly to help with this rapid response and contributed more than 65,000 units of medicine that were included in an emergency shipment to address the urgent needs of healthcare workers and people affected by Ebola throughout West Africa. The need for access to medicines is especially critical when natural disasters strike vulnerable communities. In 2014, we assisted relief efforts in the Balkan countries Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia following the heaviest rains and floods in 120 years that affected close to 3 million people. Teva donated medicines valued at more than $160,000 and we established a fundraising campaign that raised more than $20,000 from employees. In the past year, we supported more than 500 community partners on initiatives where our people live and work - from renovating playrooms for hospitalized children in pediatric wards in Poland to collecting books and clothes to donate to those in need in the UK. We are steadfast in our responsibility to advancing health and well-being in local communities and are working to more strategically align on giving and community investment programs.