BD and Heart to Heart International Continue Ongoing Collaboration to Help Improve Healthcare in Haiti with Third Volunteer

  BD and Heart to Heart International Continue Ongoing Collaboration to Help
        Improve Healthcare in Haiti with Third Volunteer Service Trip

PR Newswire

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. and OLATHE, Kan., June 4, 2013

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. and OLATHE, Kan., June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --BD
(Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX), a leading global medical
technology company, and Heart to Heart International, a nonprofit humanitarian
medical aid organization, are collaborating on their third joint volunteer
initiative to strengthen healthcare in Haiti. A team of 14 BD employees from
around the world will build upon the progress made by their colleagues in
2012. This year the volunteers will visit Haiti for three weeks to continue
BD's work with Heart to Heart to improve the country's ability to provide
community healthcare services by training lab technicians and healthcare
workers, building infrastructure andtreating patients at medical clinics.

"BD's purpose of Helping all people live healthy lives drives our ongoing
commitment to Haiti's recovery. Our volunteers are helping rebuild and
strengthen the country's healthcare infrastructure by building upon the
progress made by the first two volunteer teams," said Vincent A. Forlenza,
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, BD. "We value our
collaboration with Heart to Heart because their tremendous in-country
knowledge helps us optimize delivery of services and expertise sharing."

BD volunteers and Heart to Heart International medical staff are improving
existing patient care services by:

  otraining local laboratory techs and healthcare workers
  otraining local nurses on mobile laboratory tests
  oconstructing a new product depot at the volunteer center and completing
    plumbing and electrical work at a Heart to Heart International clinic in
  osupporting medical outreach at clinics
  oupgrading laboratory capabilities
  oraising awareness about ongoing needs in Haiti

BD also assists the recovery effort by providing product donations. To date,
BD has sent more than $4.1 million in product donations to Haiti. In the three
years since the earthquake, Heart to Heart International has deployed nearly
1,000 medical and non-medical volunteers in Haiti, delivered medical aid worth
$52 million, established more than a dozen urban and rural clinics, and
continues to lead an anti-cholera campaign in the remote southeast of Haiti,
all while working side-by-side with Haitians to help move the country's health
system from survivability to sustainability.

"With partners like BD, Heart to Heart is able to make more of a difference in
the lives of the people we serve," said Krystal Barr, interim Chief Executive
Officer, Heart to Heart International. "Our in-country expertise, paired with
BD's investment of people and resources, is having a powerfully positive
impact on the healthcare capacity in Haiti. We look forward to what the
future holds for Haiti, knowing that both BD and Heart to Heart are helping
people in need."

This is the eighth BD-sponsored Volunteer Service Trip providing opportunities
for its employees to improve sustainable healthcare capacity in medically
underserved regions; earlier trips served regions of sub-Saharan Africa. BD
and Heart to Heart have worked together since 2003, helping people in
developing countries and disaster-ravaged areas, supplying and delivering
specifically requested medical supplies to communities in greatest need.

About BD
BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures
and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is
dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on
improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing
infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and
production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental in
combating many of the world's most pressing diseases. Founded in 1897 and
headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs nearly 30,000
associates in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The Company serves
healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the
pharmaceutical industry and the general public. For more information, please

About Heart to Heart International
Heart to Heart International is a non-profit humanitarian medical aid,
training and disaster relief non-governmental organization (NGO) that is
committed to connecting people and resources to a world in need. Since its
founding in 1992, Heart to Heart International has delivered medical aid and
supplies worth more than $1 billion to more than 150 countries, including the
U.S. Heart to Heart responds to crises and natural disasters both
domestically and internationally by supplying medical relief and mobilizing
volunteers. Heart to Heart International broadens access to healthcare by
providing continuing medical education opportunities and lab standards
training around the U.S. and the globe, and works with U.S. safety-net clinics
to help increase their capacity by providing medical equipment, supplies and
volunteers that are vital to operations. The organization has been named to
Forbes magazine's prestigious list of "America's 200 Largest Charities" and is
recognized as one of the top nonprofits in the categories of donor efficiency
and charitable commitment. For more information on its programs and ways to
get involved, visit and find Heart to Heart on Facebook.

Colleen T. White, Corporate Communications – 201-847-5369

SOURCE BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)

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