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PQMD Leadership Featured at Boston Forum on Neglected Tropical Diseases

Annapolis, Md. – November 2, 2017 – Thursday, October 26, and Friday, October 27, 2017, PQMD Executive Director Elizabeth Ashbourne and Senior Director of Global Health Policy Veronica Arroyave joined a collective of industry and pharmaceutical experts at the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Forum in Boston, Ma.

The Forum, designed to discuss the impact of multi-sector partnerships, and their relative importance to combatting NTDs, was held October 26-27 in Boston, Ma.

Arroyave, who joins PQMD after three years as director of corporate responsibility for the Abbvie Foundation, provided the keynote speech for the Forum, focusing on the challenges, benefits, and considerations of global health partnerships as they relate to neglected tropical diseases.

“It takes a village for us to tackle the problem of Neglected Tropical Diseases & poverty with all sectors doing their part,” said Arroyave.

PQMD Executive Director Elizabeth Ashbourne, a featured panelist, led a discussion on the current and future role that donation programs play in the control of NTDs.

“So many of our members, both NGO and corporate, have a vested interest and involvement in Neglected Tropical Diseases, so it is paramount for our organization to represent those interests and voices whenever possible,” said Ashbourne.

Ashbourne and Arroyave also served as moderators on a panel discussion regarding the evolution and future of donation programs in relation to the NTD landscape. Also facilitating the Forum was Jodi Allison, vice president of global giving for MAP International and a current member representative/NGO member at large with PQMD. Allison also chaired a conversation on solutions to funding gaps in multi-sector partnerships. Also in attendance were executives from PQMD member companies Merck, AstraZeneca, and GSK, as well as member organization CMMB.

The Forum, in its first year, was developed and hosted by ExL Events, a New York-based company specializing in conferences for “…the global healthcare and pharmaceutical ecosystem.”


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