2018 PQMD Global Health Policy Forum

April 10-11, 2018

Washington, D.C.

Summary of Conference Proceedings



Dear Members and Friends of PQMD,

The PQMD Global Health Policy Forum, made possible by the generous support of Johnson & Johnson, BD, Sanofi and AbbVie, brought together high level public, NGO and private-sector participants from a variety of global health agencies. By convening these thought leaders for two days at the PQMD Executive Forum and Global Health Policy Forum, we sought to discuss new perspectives and approaches to the challenging issues in the global drug, device and service donations community. Events focused on health system strengthening, mobile populations, donation programs, sustainable health systems and other key topics within the global health community. Our conversation also provided opportunity to share experiences responding to the unprecedented number of disasters in 2017.

Through this summary of conference proceedings, we think you’ll find our discussion on these issues was robust and thorough. Our panel and plenary discussions, including the invitation-only Executive Forum, are summarized within. This written document cannot capture the dynamic spirit of the thought leaders, change makers and policy influencers present on the day, but strives to outline the key ideas discussed during the panels. Perhaps more importantly, this summary outlines suggestions for future action and collaboration as we move forward to continue addressing the unique challenges of access to healthcare around the globe.

While our panel and plenary session conversations were limited to only two days, the issues presented and discussed require constant attention and continued dialogue. We invite you to join us in the continuing the conversation on the online PQMD Community of Practice (cop.pqmd.org) and join us for our next Global Health Policy Forum, to be held April 16-17, 2019 in Geneva.

We thank you for your continued support of the work of PQMD. If you are not yet a member, please visit our website www.pqmd.org to learn more about our mission of advancing the role of medical donations worldwide. Thank you for your time and attention, and we look forward to continuing this important conversation.


Elizabeth “EJ” Ashbourne

Executive Director, PQMD

Full text of the Summary of Conference Proceedings here.