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.

 

 

 

                                                                   

 
GSK Announces Malaria Candidate Vaccine
 

GSK announced today that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive scientific opinion for its malaria candidate vaccine MosquirixTM, also known as RTS,S, in children aged 6 weeks to 17 months. Following this decision, the World Health Organization (WHO) will now formulate a policy recommendation on use of the vaccine in national immunisation programmes once approved by national regulatory authorities.

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Project HOPE Appoints Dr. Thomas Kenyon New President and CEO

Millwood, VA (July 10, 2015) – The Project HOPE Board of Directors announced today the selection of Thomas A. Kenyon, M.D., M.P.H., as the new President and CEO of the international health and humanitarian organization effective October 1, 2015.

Dr. Kenyon joins Project HOPE after more than two decades with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most recently as Director of its Center for Global Health. He was a key member of the U.S. government team that coordinated the White House’s mobilization against Ebola, one of the most devastating public health emergencies in recent years. He is also a veteran of the worldwide fight against HIV/AIDS.

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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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GSK Receives International Disaster Relief Award For Ebola Response

Business in the Community (BITC) awarded GSK the International Disaster Relief award at the annual Responsible Business Awards, held in London last night.  The ceremony celebrated the powerful role business plays in creating a fairer society and a more sustainable future for all.  Andy Wright, Claire Hitchcock and Sue Ricketts from the Global Health Programmes team accepted the award from Desmond Swayne, Minister of State for International Development.  Our continued support for training front line health workers, a key part of our global health strategy, was also acknowledged at the event.   

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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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