Eli Lilly: Fighting the Most Dangerous Disease

Eli Lilly: Fighting the Most Dangerous Disease

Irina Zaporozhets shared about the company’s charitable project 

The Second Eurasian Women’s Community held an open debate called ‘Women and Charity without Borders: International Cooperation’. In its framework, Irina Zaporozhets introduced a charity project of Eli Lilly & Company international pharmaceutical company. 

Irina Zaporozhets - Head of Eli Lilly & Company in Russia and CIS 

In September 2018, WHO reported tuberculosis the world’s deadliest infectious disease, as well as one of the top 10 causes of death. The fact of the ever-growing number of documented strains of tuberculosis pathogens that are immune to many of today’s medicines raises even more concerns. Multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is emerging. 

In 2003, Eli Lilly & Company voluntarily transferred intellectual property for two antibiotics for treating MDR-TB while establishing an integrated charity project to fight this dangerous disease. 


The projects is actualised in cooperation with the Government, business entities, scientific and medical organisations, as well as media. Irina Zaporozhets spoke about productive and media factors of the cooperation. 

Eli Lilly & Company transferred its technologies for the production of the antibiotic for treating MDR-TB to the Russian manufacture of Biocom within the project. In 2013, the antibiotic became the first Russian medicinal agent certified by WHO. Since then, Biocom has been able to export it. 

Ms. Zaporozhets noted fighting any disease necessarily involves both its treatment and prophylaxis. 

The expert shared: within the charity project, a large-scale awareness campaign was carried out. The main task was to communicate the importance of early detection of tuberculosis. “We promoted the necessity of regular chest X-rays in diagnosing the disease on earlier stages. Specialists provided recommendations on how to act in case of proven disease and how to prevent it,” continued Irina Zaporozhets. 

40 regions of Russia held an educational photo exhibition called ‘Your Health is up to You’. Over 1 million people visited it. TV stars, statespersons, leading medical specialists, and representatives of NGOs attended the event. That is the only project raising people’s awareness about tuberculosis in the language of art. The exhibition’s primary objective was to motivate people’s attentive approach to their health. 

The project received intensive media support. Its information partners were Russian Union of Journalists and Meditsinskaya Gazeta (Medical Newspaper). 

Charity is a sphere that should really have no borders. Good deeds should be done together, as collaboration improves results. 

Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Boykov