Ansell Healthcare Donates Gloves to Aid Paraguay Disaster Relief Effort

Aug. 24, 2004
Donation of 1,500 pair of surgical and examination gloves will assist in country's recovery after some 370 people die from Asuncion supermarket fire.

Ansell Healthcare Products LLC has donated 1,500 pair of surgical and examination gloves to Paraguay in response to the Aug. 1 supermarket fire in Asuncion. Some 370 people were killed, and more than 400 people were reported injured in the country's worst disaster in decades.

"Our thoughts go out to those who have been affected by this tragedy," said Robert Bachkosky, Vice President, Marketing and New Business Development. "We hope that our donation will help the professionals who are dealing with a very difficult situation."

The scale of the tragedy stretched the resources of one of South America's poorest countries. According to news reports, the overwhelmed hospitals lack basic supplies, such as gloves and bandages. Ansell Healthcare contacted the Paraguay embassy in Washington D.C. regarding a donation and arranged to ship product the following day.

About Ansell Healthcare
Headquartered in Red Bank, New Jersey, Ansell Healthcare Products LLC is a global leader in healthcare barrier protective products. With operations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia, Ansell Healthcare employs more than 12,000 people worldwide and holds leading positions in the natural latex and synthetic polymer glove and condom markets. Ansell Healthcare operates in
three main business segments: Occupational Healthcare, supplying hand protection to the industrial market; Professional Healthcare, supplying surgical and examination gloves to healthcare professionals; and Consumer Healthcare, supplying sexual health products and consumer hand protection. Information on Ansell Healthcare and its products may be found at