Blog and Video: Dr. Lechleiter, Lilly Receive Inaugural Project HOPE Partnership Award

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Blog and Video: Dr. Lechleiter, Lilly Receive Inaugural Project HOPE Partnership Award

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 1:00pm

CAMPAIGN: Lilly Global Health Programs


By David Marbaugh

I had the honor of attending the Project HOPE gala Tuesday night (June 12) in Washington, D.C., where the organization presented John Lechleiter, Ph.D., Lilly chairman, president, and chief executive officer, with the inaugural Global Health Partner Award. The award recognizes Dr. Lechleiter's leadership and the longstanding partnership between Lilly and Project HOPE, which continues to help change the lives of people in need throughout the world. 

It was a wonderful evening in which John and Lilly were recognized (for partnership) along with Colleen Conway-Welch, Ph.D., R.N., dean and professor of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (leadership) and Operation Smile (impact). More than 500 people attended. 

Lilly's partnership with Project HOPE began in 1959, one year after the humanitarian health organization was founded. Since then, the company has contributed about $80 million in cash and in-kind gifts, including product donations. These collaborations have included diabetes education and training programs, as well as disaster relief efforts and medical donations in countries such as China, Haiti, India, Indonesia, and Japan. 

Lilly also is working with Project HOPE in India and South Africa as part of The Lilly NCD Partnership, which the company announced in 2011 to fight the rising burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in underserved communities. Through this initiative, Lilly will support the work at the HOPE Center in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Project HOPE trains diabetes health workers. 

We're humbled by this recognition and inspired to continue our proud and productive partnership with Project HOPE. 

Watch this video of John and Project HOPE President and CEO John Howe, III, M.D., after the event. And here's a link to the Project HOPE press release and its website. The award – and our John – were featured along with a guy named Sean on Bloomberg.


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CAMPAIGN: Lilly Global Health Programs