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.

 

 

 

                                                                   

 
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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New "PQMD Guidelines for Quality Medical Donations"

Following months of work on the part of the Standards Committee, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, by unanimous decision, the Board approved on February 27 new "PQMD Guidelines for Quality Medical Donations".

 The history of this updated document can be traced by to the mid-late '90's when there were growing concerns donations of medical products were undermining the viability of host country healthcare programs.  PQMD was organized at that time and officially incorporated in 2002 with a mission to join with the World Health Organization and other concerned organizations to support having in place internationally recognized standards to guide the management and delivery of donated medical products.

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 PQMD Membership Benefits

 

PQMD's Corporate and Non-Profit Member Representatives recently participated in a "visioning" exercise resulting in approval of updated statements of Vision and Mission.  An additional and very positive outcome of the exercise was reaching a consensus on the part of the Representatives regarding benefits currently being provided by PQMD to its Members.

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HEART TO HEART WELCOMES NEW CEO 

The HHI Board of Directors selected Jim Mitchum to lead Heart to Heart International into the future after an extensive months-long search. Mitchum will take the helm on September 2, 2014.  Jim Mitchum brings considerable experience in senior executive positions to the CEO position at Heart to Heart International.  Mitchum has worked for Eli Lilly & Co, spent 20 years with Marion Laboratories and held international executive positions with Hoechst Marion Roussel in Germany, Aventis UK, Aventis Japan, and Sanofi-Aventis. Mitchum holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville's College of Business Administration and also has a background in service-oriented work having spent some of his youth living in Ethiopia.  Though Mitchum has lived and worked around the U.S. and the world, he and his wife consider Kansas City to be home, having raised their family and established roots in the KC Metro.

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MAP International Announces Steve Stirling As New CEO!  

 

The Board of Directors of MAP International, would like to announce that Steve Stirling has been selected as the next President and CEO. Steve assumes the role this week after holding leadership positions in major corporations and nonprofit organizations including, most recently, Executive Vice-President of ChildFund International.

Steve was chosen from a strong field of candidates because of his extensive marketing and fundraising background, as well as the organizational and leadership skills required to lead a top 100 growing and dynamic global health organization.

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International Medical Corps Responds to Flooding in Serbia & Bosnia Herzegovina 

With a large outpouring of assistance from the international community to the Balkans following the worst floods in a century in the region, overall efforts now focus on recovery, with many calling for more cash assistance as only a few gaps remain among supplies needed. In Serbia, water levels of the Velica Morava River are decreasing while levels are still expected to rise in the South Morava, as well as potentially in the Kolubara River, which had been leveling down. In Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), many rivers had returned to pre-flood levels, but recent rainfall has raised some water levels and heightened concerns about more landslides, while keeping authorities alerted to risks of dislodged landmines.

International Medical Corps emergency response teams have visited key affected areas in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, evaluating damages and current opportunities for support of recovery efforts while coordinating with national-level stakeholders and other partners.  Teams are focusing on WASH, food security and livelihoods in their assessments, while factoring in related public health risks.

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