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.
PQMD members and their partners combine product contributions with cash, volunteers, training and other services to support a wide range of global health programs. Members work together with multilateral, national and sub-national governments, other companies and international nongovernmental organizations, to pursue disease eradication, develop healthcare infrastructure, build the capacity of in-country healthcare workers, and fill gaps in local health-related services. We accomplish this through setting and promoting quality standards, disseminating knowledge and influencing policy.
For decades the collaborations between healthcare firms that donate medical products and the humanitarian agencies that deliver and distribute these products have served to help meet important healthcare needs of vulnerable populations around the world.
In fact, appropriate, high quality medical product donations continue to help humanitarian agencies in their efforts to provide disaster relief, build basic healthcare infrastructures, and combat specific diseases.
However, in the early 1990s, reports of inappropriate medical product donations began to surface. Countries already burdened by diseases, disasters, or weak healthcare systems were sent donations of expired medicines and other unneeded drugs. Unannounced deliveries and inadequately packaged or labeled donations added to the problems.
In 1996 the World Health Organization (WHO) published Interagency Guidelines intended to ensure future donations would be both appropriate and effective. However, the guidelines raised several concerns among relief and humanitarian agencies and healthcare firms. Foremost was the concern that much needed medical donations might either be reduced or discouraged. Additionally, many asked that the benefits of donations be more fully elaborated upon in future editions of the Guidelines.
It was against this backdrop that an informal alliance of private voluntary agencies and pharmaceutical and medical device companies was formed in 1996 and formally incorporated in 1999 as the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD). Its membership shared a common commitment to address these concerns and advance effective and appropriate medical donations.
Since then, PQMD has become a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and holds the distinction of being the first U.S. organization to contribute to and endorse the revised 1999 WHO Interagency Guidelines on Drug Donations. Also, PQMD sponsored the first systematic assessment of U.S. pharmaceutical donations conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health. This study outlined policy recommendations to improve the donation process.
Today PQMD member organizations are strongly committed to raising medical donation standards, promoting effective donation practices, and informing policy makers and the general public on the donation process.
Patricia E. Bacuros
Millwood, VA (January 8, 2013) – The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) announced that Patricia E. Bacuros, Director of Gifts-in-Kind Development at Project HOPE, will serve as Chairperson of the organization’s Board of Directors beginning immediately through 2014.
Established in 1996, PQMD is the only international nonprofit membership association for pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and nongovernmental organizations dedicated to responsible medical donation standards and practice. “The demand for donated medicines and other resources for vulnerable communities across the globe is as great as ever,” said Ms. Bacuros. “I’m excited for this opportunity to ensure that PQMD’s donation standards and practices remain steadfast, and I look forward to nurturing successful collaborations between the healthcare firms that donate medical products and the humanitarian organizations that deliver and distribute these crucial resources to those in need.” Read more.
PQMD Executive Committee
Chair - Pat Bacuros, Project HOPE
Vice Chair - Christine Newman, Bristol Myers Squibb
Treasurer/Secretary - Randy Weiss, AmeriCares
Assistant Secretary/Treasurer - Amy Dupois, sanofi US
NGO Member At Large - Tom Roane, National Cancer Coalition
Corp Member At Large -
Immediate Past Chair - Jennifer Farrington, BD
Standards Chair - Tamara Russell, Eli Lilly and Co
Emergency Committee Chair - Claire Hitchcock, GlaxoSmithKline
Membership Chair - Jennifer Duffy, US Fund for UNICEF
Program Chair - Jennifer Mounsey, World Vision
Research (Data & Impact) Chair - Josephine Garmen, International Medical Corps
Nominating Chair - Jennifer Farrington, BD
Communications Chair - Darnelle Bernier, Catholic Medical Mission Board
Baxter Healthcare Corporation
Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.
Catholic Medical Mission Board
Direct Relief International
Eli Lilly and Company
Heart to Heart International
Henry Schein, Inc.
International Health Partners, UK
IMA World Health
International Medical Corps
Johnson & Johnson
Medical Teams International
Merck & Co., Inc.
National Cancer Coalition
U.S. Fund for UNICEF
World Vision, Inc.
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