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Director of Communications & Disaster Response, PQMD
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Annapolis, MD 21403
PQMD Welcomes PFSCM and THET to Membership
Annapolis-based Nonprofit Grows to 42 Members
Annapolis, Md. – The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD), is proud to announce the addition of Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) and Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) to their now 42-member organization. THET, based out of London, officially joined PQMD in June. PFSCM, based in Arlington, Va., was welcomed to the membership in early August.
As an organisation focused on improving access to healthcare for the most disadvantaged people in the world, THET has long understood the necessity for health facilities in low- and middle-income countries to have access to medical equipment which is appropriate and operational. Over the years we have become well known for our work in strengthening the health workforce through a unique partnership model which engages health professionals from the UK in delivering training to their counterparts overseas. In particular, our work to strengthen the Health Technology Management workforce has been central to our mission, together with detailed guidance to UK partners on how to make effective and appropriate equipment donations.
“Our membership of PQMD will help us to learn from others engaged in this important work, and to share our experience with others – all for the ultimate goal of ensuring that those who receive, manage and maintain equipment have the best possible chance to do so in the most effective way. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with PQMD and its members in the future,” said THET Chief Executive Ben Simms.
The Partnership for Supply Chain Management (PFSCM) helps ensure the reliable availability of essential health products, including lifesaving medicines, in some of the hardest-to-reach places in the world. By developing and managing secure, cost-effective, and sustainable global supply chains, PFSCM provides public health programs in low- and middle-income countries with medicines and medical supplies to improve the health of citizens. PFSCM provides global procurement and distribution services, as well as in-country warehousing and distribution to strengthen product delivery and visibility through the last mile. The organization’s core partners are recognized global leaders in public health, procurement, and logistics: JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), i+solutions, and Imperial Health Sciences (IHS).
“We are honored to become members of PQMD and have the opportunity to exchange best practices and lessons learned with PQMD and its members. We hope and believe that our specialized skill set can add value to PQMD’s mission.” said Richard Owens, PFSCM’s Director. “We look forward to working with this community to improve access to health care for those who need it most.”
“We are incredibly proud to expand upon our already-diverse NGO membership by welcoming THET and PFSCM,” says Elizabeth Ashbourne, executive director of PQMD. “These members represent a unique position within the international NGO community, and one not previously represented within PQMD, and we look forward to the new voice they promise to bring to the table.”
A global alliance of corporations and NGOs, PQMD leads the development and championing of high standards in medical supply and service donation. The cornerstone of the organization, “PQMD Guidelines for Quality Medical Product Donations” are a set of guidelines which are rigorously updated on an annual basis to help manage donated medical products, devices and services and the performance of those who participate in the industry worldwide. Seeking to enhance access to health care in underserved communities and areas affected by disaster, PQMD members focus their broad expertise in the areas of humanitarian assistance, disaster response, health system strengthening, and knowledge and innovation.
PQMD is a dynamic alliance and global network between nonprofit and corporate organizations leading in the development and championing of guidelines on quality for the donation policies and practices; delivering of urgent care in disaster situations, and delivering life-saving products and service to at-risk and chronically under-served populations. The organization’s beginnings go back to 1996, when an informal alliance of several non-governmental organizations (NGOs), pharmaceutical companies, and medical device firms joined together to develop guidance regarding medical donations. To learn more, visit www.pqmd.org.