Annual PQMD Global Health Policy Forum

Each April, PQMD and members convene alongside representatives from a variety of multi-sectoral global companies, NGOS, and academics to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing the global aid & health sector. Below you will find relevant information from previous meetings, and we welcome you to join us for our first virtual 2021 meeting.


PQMD staff are currently very busy getting ready for our first “virtual” Global Health Policy Forum (GHPF): The Planet, Pandemics and Possibilities. Our overarching topics this year will be Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and aligning business purpose with NGO access and impact. Mark your calendars for April 27 – 29, 2021. We are organizing a dynamic and exciting forum on important global health and donation related topics with excellent thought leaders and policy makers with many opportunities for dialogue and engagement.

Here’s a sneak peek of discussion themes and our growing roster of confirmed speakers!

Executive Forum (April 27)

  • ENVIRONMENT: Assess and address key risk factors that impact the long-term sustainability of healthcare
  • SOCIAL: Leveraging social and human capital to empower community resilience
  • GOVERNANCE: Sustainability of the current corporate profit model. New multisector economic demands to achieve universal access.

Global Public Health in the New Normal (April 28)

  • Financing the new normal: Addressing the gaps in the global access to healthcare
  • Innovation-driven healthcare: Telehealth & telemedicine
  • Innovative strategies for addressing the challenges of health equity & disparities: local, national, global

Road to Resilience: Global Health & Pandemics (April 29)

  • COVID-19: Has it changed the way the world responds to pandemics?
  • Building back better: Vaccines for the last mile
  • Economic development as a sustainability strategy
  • Supply chain infrastructure challenges and collateral needs
  • Creating policy to address global pandemics

Confirmed Speakers

  • Michael Anderson, CB – MEDACCESS Guaranteed Limited
  • Paul Auerbach, M.D., M.S. – Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Arnaud Bernaert – World Economic Forum
  • Mark Chataway – Baird’s CMC / Hyderus Consulting
  • Laura Frigenti – KPMG US
  • Dr. Helene Gayle – The Chicago Community Trust
  • Denise Gray-Felder – Communications for Social Change Consortium
  • Carolyn (Cali) Hall – Biocon Biologics
  • Dan Irvine – World Vision International
  • Oommen Kurian, Ph.D., Sr. – Observer Researcher Foundation (ORF)
  • Robert Mallett – Rabin Martin
  • Caroline Roan – Pfizer
  • Ruchika Singhal – Medtronic

More to come!  Check back soon!

2020 Global Health Policy Forum

Important Announcement: 2020 Global Health Policy Forum Cancelled

After careful consideration and consultation with our members and collaborators, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 PQMD Global Health Policy Forum originally scheduled for April in New York. Our efforts are now focused on supporting our members who are deeply engaged in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and around the world.

Cancelling the Forum presents a significant opportunity to leverage both the commitments of our planned speaker panels as well as the network and expertise of incredible groups that would have participated in the event.  In light of this, we are moving forward to organize a series of online virtual panel discussions that will address critical issues of concern to our mission around COVID-19.  Topics will include Implications on Health Workforce, Unexpected Shifts in Supply Chain and Effects on Global Donations Programs, and Diagnostics for COVID-19.

Each panel session will be held separately on our webinar platform and more information will be forthcoming.

We hope that you will join us for these important online discussions, and we look forward to seeing you at the 2021 PQMD Global Health Policy Forum.

Best wishes and take care!

Elizabeth Ashbourne, Executive Director
Partnership for Quality Medical Donations

P.S. We were hoping to share our 20th Anniversary video with you in person, but we’re happy to share it virtually via the link below.  Please enjoy, and feel free to share!
PQMD 20th Anniversary Video

2019 Global Health Policy Forum

April 16-17 – Geneva, Switzerland

Event Program

Summary of Conference Proceedings

Learn a bit about our 2019 Forum!

The 2019 Global Health Policy Forum galvanized cross-sectoral collective action by examining and challenging our current understanding of resilient and inclusive health systems, governance models, disaster response and pandemics all through the lens of product donations. The Forum highlighted the importance of innovation and systems thinking in an era of collaborative transformation to meet the challenges of global health governance & accountability to better define and measure health outcomes.

2018 PQMD Global Health Policy Forum

April 10-11, 2018 – Washington, D.C.

Event Program

Summary of Conference Proceedings

Learn more about what makes PQMD, and our members, unique, and why you should plan to join us for future forums!

This high level Forum explored the role of donations and their ability to create sustainable, enabling environments for the promotion of economic growth and prosperity. Guiding questions included:

How do donations become part of the path to sustainable health?

              Do donations risk disempowering and undermining sustainable solutions?

              What are the unintended consequences of donations?

              What is the long term impact of donations assistance?

How do donors, agencies and organizations ensure that we are not creating dependency on donations, but rather moving down a path of sustainable improvement, using the right incentives and contributing to resilient health systems?

              Can donations become a building block to support resilient health systems?

              What does an exit strategy look like?

2017 PQMD Forum on Global Aid & Access for Health

April 3-4, 2017 – London, UK

Event Program

Summary of Conference Proceedings

The 2017 PQMD Forum on Global Aid and Access for Health, held April 3-6 in London, enabled partners and stakeholders to come together and discuss global access to medicine and health care, long-term investments in disease eradication, and the imperatives of pandemic preparedness. PQMD members, private sector and NGO representatives, along with global agency leaders, gathered to address issues relevant to access to global health and aid, and the many challenges and opportunities faced by the broad cross-section of participants. The forum, sponsored by Henry Schein and facilitated by PQMD, was made possible through additional support from PQMD members AbbVie, BD, , GSK, Pfizer, and Sanofi.