ABBOTT PARK, Ill., March 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE :ABT ), through its philanthropic foundation the Abbott Fund, is providing $3 million (245 million yen) to support immediate relief efforts in response to the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Abbott Fund donation will be provided to the Japanese Red Cross through the American Red Cross, and longstanding global relief partner AmeriCares.
"Our thoughts are with everyone affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan," said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. "Abbott and the Abbott Fund are providing this support to help advance immediate relief efforts."
As part of its commitment to responsible global citizenship, Abbott has a long history of providing humanitarian relief around the world. Most recently, Abbott and the Abbott Fund provided significant support for relief efforts in Haiti and Chile.
About Abbott and the Abbott Fund
Abbott Japan has approximately 2,400 employees devoted to distribution and marketing across all of its businesses. Abbott's main offices in Japan are located in Tokyo, Fukui and Chiba.
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries. Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's website at www.abbott.com.
The Abbott Fund is a philanthropic foundation established by Abbott in 1951. The Abbott Fund's mission is to create healthier global communities by investing in creative ideas that promote science, expand access to health care and strengthen communities worldwide. For more information on the Abbott Fund, visit www.abbottfund.org.