WHO WE ARE    

                   
 

The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations is a unique alliance of Non-Profit and  Corporate organizations committed to bringing measurable health impact to under-served and vulnerable people through active engagement with global partners and local communities.

STATEMENT OF VISION:  By assuring excellence in medical product donations and service delivery,
geography and economic status are no longer barriers to everyone living a healthier life.

STATEMENT OF MISSION:  PQMD is a global alliance leading the development and championing
of high standards in medical supply and service donation.  PQMD seeks to enhance access to
health care in underserved communities and in areas affected by disaster.

 

 

 

                                                                   

 
PQMD Members Aid Earthquake Victims  

The membership of Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD), a global alliance leading the development and championing of high standards in medical supply and service donations, is committed to working in collaboration with other organizations whose focus is to ensure a coordinated response to disasters.   

On April 25 2015 a devastating earthquake ripped through the South Central Asian country Nepal.  It was at a magnitude of 7.8 and its epicenter was the district of Lamjung. It killed more than 8,800, injured more than 23,000, and affected more than 8 million people. A second 7.3 magnitude earthquake hit a few weeks later, killing and injuring more. It was the worst natural disaster to hit Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake.

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Nepal in Crisis: Project HOPE Delivers Medical Assistance and Medicines to Thousands

Nepal is a country in South Asia that boasts eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains, including the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest. That’s quite impressive for a tiny landlocked country in the Himalayas.  No one could have predicted that this peaceful place would suffer two devastating earthquakes in the span of three weeks.  The April 25 earthquake measured 7.8 in magnitude and on May 12, a 7.3 magnitude quake toppled homes and buildings already destabilized by the disaster three weeks earlier.  The death toll from both disasters is over 8,000 people and tens of thousands have been injured, causing an enormous strain on the health system. Project HOPE deployed medical volunteers, including Virginia-based nurse Sama Shrestha, a native of Nepal. “Today, I am in Nepal with Project HOPE, triaging patients and assisting health professionals who are exhausted and overwhelmed by this tragedy. There is so much work to do here and the need for medicines and supplies is increasing each week. When a developing country is struck by disasters, there is always a concern about the potential outbreak of disease, especially among children and other vulnerable people in the weeks and months that follow such tragic events.”

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Baxter Reports on Product Donations and Work with Fellow PQMD Members AmeriCares, Direct Relief and IHP, UK   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

With contributions of more than $34 million in products, including through patient assistance programs in 81 countries, Baxter has partnered with PQMD Members AmeriCares and Direct Relief to pre-position products for emergencies as well as ongoing needs in underserved communities.  It has also begun working with International Health Partners to provide donated medical aid to organizations serving needy communities. The article below contains information about some of the great philanthropic work that Baxter is doing.

 

Baxter donates products to help improve access to healthcare worldwide. In 2013, the company contributed more than $34 million in products, including through patient assistance programs, to assist people in need in 81 countries.   To maximize impact, Baxter donates items that recipient organizations have requested, such as intravenous (IV) solutions, hemostatic sealants, pharmaceuticals and hemophilia products. The company’s Global Community Relations team manages the process, guided by Baxter's Global Product Donation Policy, which covers areas such as licensing, expiration and dating, accounting and tax laws, and export requirements. The team works with supply chain managers and others at Baxter to identify donation opportunities, matching available inventory to patient need.

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SAVING LIVES AND LIMBS

 International Medical Corps surgeons treat earthquake survivors at Patan Hospital in Kathmandu (May 12, 2015)

   “International Medical Corps can dramatically change the way [Patan Hospital’s staff] treat earthquake victims.” – Dr. Charles Blitzer

  Katmandu’s Patan Hospital is one of Nepal’s biggest and busiest health facilities, treating
  over 300,000 patients and conducting more than 10,000 operations a year. Following the  devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015, Patan’s caseload jumped still further. In the days since tragedy struck, it has treated more than 1,000 trauma cases, including 180 patients who required emergency surgery. The buildings that comprise the hospital are damaged and yet it continues to receive more patients from rural areas. Most have severe crush injuries and are suffering from further complications as the result of not having access to previous care.

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AMERICARES AIRLIFT LANDS IN NEPAL

 Stamford, Conn. – May 5, 2015 – AmeriCares airlifted 14 tons of emergency medical aid to Kathmandu today to resupply hospitals and mobile medical teams treating earthquake survivors. The chartered aircraft landed around 8:30 p.m. local time carrying nearly $1 million in urgently needed antibiotics, pain relievers, sutures, bandages, crutches and intravenous fluids for thousands of children and adults injured in the April 25 earthquake. The medicine and supplies were requested by recipient organizations and approved by the World Health Organization.

Up to 90 percent of medical facilities are severely damaged in the most affected areas, creating an urgent need for emergency medical care and supplies. An AmeriCares emergency response team from India arrived in Kathmandu within 48 hours of the 7.8-magnitude earthquake and immediately began treating survivors in the streets with medicine they hand carried into the disaster zone.

“Our medical teams are treating an average of 120 patients a day,” AmeriCares Senior Vice President of Global Programs Dr. E. Anne Peterson said from Kathmandu where she is working on the relief efforts. “We are seeing children with trauma injuries, diarrhea, fever and respiratory illnesses who haven’t had access to a doctor. We are committed to restoring health services for survivors.”

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BD Wins Top Global Volunteering Award for VST Response to Haiti Earthquake  

BD was presented with The International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE) Inspired Practice Award at the 23rd IAVE World Volunteer Conference recently held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. BD received this prestigious honor in recognition of our multiyear Volunteer Service Trip (VST) to Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake there.

The Inspired Practice Award recognizes a global company that has created a highimpact volunteer initiative designed to meet a specific community or societal need. According to the IAVE, the award was presented to BD based on tangible outcomes that resulted from a specific volunteerbased strategy to meet a particular need.

BD joined with Trusted Partner Heart to Heart International (HHI) to support efforts to improve the fragile healthcare system in Haiti following the earthquake. Working together, BD and HHI designed a three-year program to leverage the medical expertise of BD associates with the in-country knowledge of HHI to improve healthcare services for Haitians in the remote mountain villages in the Southeast region, which had been identified by the Government of Haiti as a neglected area in need of assistance. It is estimated that over the duration of the  VST program, nearly 250,000 people were helped through such efforts as training laboratory and other healthcare workers, offering medical support, construction of two new laboratories and a new warehouse as well as renovating four volunteer housing facilities.

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