When possible, BD joins together its resources to allow for greater impact. The employee Volunteer Service Trip Program typifies the successful combination of cash, product and BD volunteers. BD associates have the opportunity to apply for and participate in Company-sponsored volunteer trips that address global health issues.
Since the inception of the Volunteer Service Trip program in 2005, BD has partnered with several NGOs to organize trips to multiple countries worldwide.
BD and Heart to Heart International (HHI) collaborated for a volunteer effort in Haiti to strengthen local laboratory and healthcare services. The goal of the BD Volunteer Service Trip was to help local partners provide quality healthcare in underserved communities by training healthcare workers and Haitian laboratory managers.
A team of six BD associates traveled to Haiti for two weeks. BD volunteers provided 80 hours of training and professional development for 210 Haitian lab professionals. Volunteer instructors worked with Heart to Heart International to develop and facilitate more than 80 hours of training over 80 village healthcare agents.
The increasing incidence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in Haiti highlights the need for improved laboratory training to meet World Health Organization Laboratory Standards. There is also an ongoing need for healthcare services in remote rural communities.
The VST Peru Program initially assesses short-term and long-term needs at CerviCusco. Then, appropriately skilled BD volunteers are carefully selected to lend their expertise for a limited timeframe to help increase operational capacity, efficiency, and sustainability of the clinic and its services. After months of preparation and research on how to address their jobs related to the clinic’s needs, the BD volunteers travel to Cusco for 10 days in to implement solutions related to their specific scopes of work.
While at CerviCusco, BD employees have developed a business plan to make CerviCusco’s operations more sustainable, and hired a Director of Corporate Relations to carry out that plan. IT/EMR team improved the clinic’s EMR system efficiency to help prevent loss of patient data. Volunteers also designed a new laboratory to be built on CerviCusco property, and improved the clinic’s external communications by utilizing a new website and other marketing materials.
BD and AmeriCares partner in El Salvador to help improve clinical practices for services to diabetic patients, improve patient education, and strengthen the AmeriCares Family Clinic’s management capabilities. A team of BD employees travel to El Salvador for 10 days. The goals of the BD Volunteer Service Trip in El Salvador are to provide leadership development and diabetes training for the AmeriCares Family Clinic and to help create a model that could be replicated in communities throughout the region.
Diabetes was the second leading cause of health-seeking behavior in El Salvador in 2013. Doctors at the AmeriCares Family Clinic care for more than 500 patients with diabetes. The clinic offers 32 diabetes-education programs with more than 48,000 participants and conduct health fairs for more than 55,000 people annually. There is a pressing need for managerial training, organizational development and human resources training if the clinic is to be a model for comprehensive diabetes care.
The BD volunteers provided diabetes-care training to 27 clinic staff members, and leadership training to 30. BD donated $87,590 to implement the program and product valued at $88,912.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA
BD partners with Australian Doctors International in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, to help support and strengthen local healthcare services. A team of BD associates travel to Papua New Guinea for two weeks. The goals of the BD Volunteer Service Trip are to strengthen laboratory capacity, improve access to pathology services in remote rural New Ireland Province and train laboratory technicians.
New Ireland Province has one of the highest incidences of communicable diseases in the Pacific, with tuberculosis and malaria highly prevalent. Diseases are often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed in time because of poor laboratory facilities and technicians with limited training.
The BD volunteers taught the country’s first-ever World Health Organization (WHO) Laboratory Standards training program, and 18 laboratory technicians and assistants from New Ireland Province graduated from the course. Twenty-five nurses and community health workers from Kavieng and Lemakot hospital attended sessions on safe blood-collection methods. BD volunteers provided practical onsite mentoring support to lab technicians at Kavieng General Hospital, Lemakot Catholic Health Center, Namatanai Rural Hospital and Kimadan United Church Health Center. BD donated product and equipment valued at $AU 70,600.
In 2006, BD and Direct Relief established a joint volunteer initiative to help strengthen healthcare in two areas of Ghana. BD and its associates from around the world contributed money, products, talent, and time to help people in Ghana treat disease and improve lives by raising health standards. Working side-by-side for three weeks with clinic staff at the Maranatha Maternity Clinic and Motoka Clinic, 12 BD employee volunteers helped build local healthcare capacity in the region.
Through training nurses and laboratory technicians, constructing a new health facility, upgrading existing laboratory capabilities and incorporating clean water solutions at existing facilities, these volunteers in Ghana bolstered the clinics' abilities to provide vitally needed services to their patients.
In 2005, BD launched this innovative Volunteer Service Trip Program by collaborating with Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), to help address HIV/AIDS in Zambia. BD associates returned to Zambia in 2006 with CMMB and worked at four rural healthcare facilities.
On-going, positive results of these two volunteer trips are evident in investments that two Zambian hospitals have attracted due to improved laboratory practices:
The program honors the late BD Director Henry P. Becton, Sr.'s lifelong commitment to community and BD's legacy of community service. The program recognizes the outstanding efforts of full or part-time BD associates and retirees by making financial contributions totaling $45,000 in the winners’ names to the organizations for which they volunteer. Each year, applications are due in January and winners are announced during National Volunteer Week in April.
Eligible U.S. associates are encouraged to volunteer for up to two (2) full days of paid time off per year for community service. Examples of qualifying organizations where associates may volunteer include: