South Africa

I Saw the Face of Death Today: A first-person account from South Africa


Guest blog from Rob Friedman, senior director of executive communications at Lilly. Rob describes his first-hand encounter with people afflicted with tuberculosis in poverty-stricken areas of South Africa. This is the first of two blogs underscoring the importance of our corporate responsibility efforts alongside partners in economically challenged areas of the world.

I saw the face of death today.

A Great Night and a New Video: the Project HOPE Gala


Tuesday evening I had the honor to attend the Project HOPE Gala in New York City, of which Lilly was a key sponsor. The event brought together supporters of this great organization to honor the achievements of Project HOPE and its phenomenal volunteers, and, yes, to raise money to continue its critical mission.

Lilly Volunteer Shares Experience from South Africa

"Be Open"

Guest blog from Amy Sousa, Communication Director for Lilly's emerging markets business area. Amy wrote this blog from Zandspruit, South Africa, where she is currently volunteering as part of our Connecting Hearts Abroad program. 

Like a lot of volunteers, I did my research ahead of time. On the history, the climate, the healthcare system, the greatest challenges facing the poor.

“I came open,” said one of my fellow volunteers. “Open to help, to do what I need to do, open to the experience.”

Lilly and Project Hope tackle NCDs in South Africa


Innovation, in its traditional form, is hard to find in the Johannesburg, South Africa township of Zandspruit, where we launched the Lilly NCD Partnership last year with our partner, Project HOPE. Most homes are made from irregular cuts of corrugated metal. Roofs are held down by stones. Sewage seeps through streets that are criss-crossed with illegally connected electrical wires.

ICT Education Propels One South African Woman from Child to Role Model


Guest blog by Ntombozuko (Soso) Luningo

Soso Luningo is a trainer with the ICT Academy at CIDA City Campus in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she trains students on the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum

Lilly Collaborates to Fight NCDs in South Africa

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Lilly Collaborates to Fight NCDs in South Africa

by Karen Van der Westhuizen, Communication Manager of Lilly’s Global Health Programs.

The Lilly NCD Partnership is one of Lilly’s flagship corporate responsibility initiatives. Launched in late 2011, the partnership works in four countries (Brazil, India, Mexico and South Africa) to research innovative ways to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs),specifically diabetes.

New Gender Benchmarking Study Finds South Africa Ranks Low on Women Participating in Science, Technology and Innovation

Press Release

CAPE TOWN, March 7, 2013 /3BL Media/ – In the first gender benchmarking study of its kind, researchers have found that numbers of women in the science, technology and innovation fields (STI) are alarmingly low in the world’s leading economies, and are actually on the decline in many, including the United States. For South Africa, results show that women have more opportunities available to them than ever before, however, their participation in the science, technology and innovation workforce remains low.

The Business of Social Cohesion


GE has asked the members of its Citizenship Advisory Panel to reflect on trends and key challenges for sustainable development in 2013. This post by Thero Setiloane explores the business of social cohesion.

Standard Bank and SAP Bring Mobile Banking to Over Half a Million “Flip-Phone” Customers in South Africa via SAP® Mobile Platform

Standard Bank’s New Mobile AccessAccount Reaches Low Income Individuals, Allowing Them to Open Bank Account Through Their Phones
Press Release

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 14, 2013 /3BL Media/ - SAP AG (NYSE:SAP) today announced that Standard Bank has been successful in introducing its new AccessBanking offering in South Africa, aimed at meeting the banking needs of the previously “unbanked.” This includes the AccessAccount, a transactional banking account based on SAP® Mobile Platform.

Videos: Lilly MDR-TB Partnership advances fight in South Africa and Swaziland

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In recognition of World TB Day on March 24, Lilly joins with others across the world to advance the fight against TB and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.  In places like Swaziland and Gugulethu, South Africa, The Lilly MDR-TB Partnership is making a difference. See how in these brief videos.


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