Archive for the Health System Strengthening Category

Opinion: The Conflicting Narratives of Hurricane Maria: Rethinking Disaster Response

Opinion: The Conflicting Narratives of Hurricane Maria: Rethinking Disaster Response By: Elizabeth J. Ashbourne (Executive Director, Partnership for Quality Medical Donations – PQMD) and Verónica M. Arroyave (Director / Global Community Relations, Executive Director / Baxter International Foundation, Baxter International Inc.) On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria

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PQMD Members Continue to Respond to Devastation Left by 2017 Hurricane Season

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PQMD Members Continue to Respond to Devastation Left by 2017 Hurricane Season The 2017 hurricane season is one to be remembered: Harvey, Irma, and Maria collectively devastated Texas, Florida, parts of Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and much of the Caribbean. And now, a year after one of the

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A Higher Vision With Mercy Ships

A Higher Vision With Mercy Ships Dr. Abram Wodome comes from a family of 16 brothers and sisters. Growing up in Togo, West Africa as the youngest child of such a large family, Dr. Wodome’s dream of becoming a doctor seemed financially impossibility. But despite the struggle,

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Finding the Right Words to Help Rohingya Refugees

Finding the Right Words to Help Rohingya Refugees The nonprofit Translators Without Borders, in partnership with UNICEF and Oxfam, developed an online glossary resource for aid workers working in Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh. The mobile phone app includes terms and translations into the five languages spoken

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Progress on Sustainable Development Goals Topic of United Nations Forum

Progress on Sustainable Development Goals Topic of United Nations Forum Engagement from business key to achieving goals by 2030 The United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development concluded this week, with more than 1000 leaders from government, business, and civil society discussing progress on the

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Access to Medical Devices in Low-Income Countries: Addressing Sustainability Challenges in Medical Device Donations

Access to Medical Devices in Low-Income Countries: Addressing Sustainability Challenges in Medical Device Donations On the heels of PQMD’s recently released 2018 Guidelines for Quality Medical Donations, the National Academy of Medicine published a timely paper titled, “Access to Medical Devices in Low-Income Countries: Addressing Sustainability Challenges

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Puerto Rico Releases Partial Records of Deaths Following Hurricane Maria

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Puerto Rico Releases Partial Records of Deaths Following Hurricane Maria Initial government reported death toll believed inaccurate On Tuesday, Puerto Rico complied with a court order and began releasing partial records of deaths following Hurricane Maria. The data states there were 1,427 more deaths on the island

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Paraguay Certified as Malaria-Free

Paraguay Certified as Malaria-Free The World Health Organization certified Paraguay as malaria free in an announcement on Monday, June 11, 2018. In order to qualify as malaria free, Paraguay had to demonstrate at least three years without indigenous malaria transmission as well as the capacity to prevent

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Showing Love with Medicine

Showing Love with Medicine: MAP International in Dominican Republic People began to line up just as the sun was rising. By 8 am, the line circled the entire block with the small church in the center. We had come from the US to the Dominican Republic to

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New Vaccine Used in Latest Ebola Outbreak

New Vaccine Used in Latest Ebola Outbreak  Last week, health workers from the World Health Organization and their partners began administering vaccines in the northwest regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 49 suspected cases of Ebola have been reported there since early April and

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