Capacity Building: Improving Health Care Infrastructure and Practices
By doing our part to help improve local health care infrastructure, we help create and support an environment where medical practice can deliver the most innovative treatments to patients. Bristol-Myers Squibb trains health care professionals in Good Clinical Practices (GCP) through national and regional hubs operated by our R&D Global Centers of Excellence, as well as through the groundbreaking efforts of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Technical Assistance Program in Africa. Similar efforts are also underway in Turkey, Latin America and the United Arab Emirates.
- Global Centers of Excellence: Bristol-Myers Squibb’s R&D organization has trained local health care professionals in Good Clinical Practices (GCP) in developing nations including India and Brazil in an effort to strengthen the local health care infrastructure and clinical trial activities. There are 17 such national and regional hubs worldwide. Bristol-Myers Squibb has partnered with the Duke Translational Medicine Institute for some of these efforts.
- DIFAR: This educational program being implemented in several countries in Latin America, including Chile, teaches general health care practitioners how to better prevent, diagnose and treat type 2 diabetes, including how to identify the main risk factors and mitigate the progression of chronic complications associated with the disease.
- Breaking the Barriers in Diabetes: This program in the United Arab Emirates strives to develop sustainable partnerships to improve the educational level of general practitioners in treating the disease, which is a major health issue in the UAE.
- Hematology in Turkey: A specially developed website for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) – www.bmsonkoloji.com – provides data and scientific information to health care providers. The site also allows physicians to send medical information requests and adverse event reports to the company. A CD, “CURE,” has also been used for health care professionals in Turkey. Covering all hematologic diseases, its resources include diagnosis criteria, recent data and treatment options. Hematologists and oncologists were also offered a web platform for three months – called “e-Oncology Days” – in late 2011 to provide educational sessions on HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma), melanoma and CML.