PQMD Announces Three New NGO Members

The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD), is proud to announce the addition of three new members to the organization: Operation Smile, Project C.U.R.E., and Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).

The most recent addition to PQMD, HPIC officially joined the membership in March of this year. Dedicated to increasing access to medicine and improving health to underserved populations, HPIC delivers a variety of programs including Humanitarian Medical Kits, emergency medical relief and pharmaceutical management.

PQMD is equally proud to add Operation Smile and Project C.U.R.E. to the impressive list of non-governmental organization (NGO) members in the last half of 2015.

Operation Smile, based in Virginia Beach, Va., joined PQMD in August. With a focus on pediatric reconstructive surgery, the nonprofit specializes in the repair of children’s cleft lips and cleft palates in developing countries worldwide.

Project C.U.R.E. (Commission for Urgent Relief and Equipment) joined PQMD in October, and is a nonprofit organization specializing in the delivery of medical supplies and equipment based in Denver, Colo. Formed in 1987 by James Jackson, the organization is now run by Jackson’s son, Dr. Douglas Jackson.

“We are thrilled to add these impressive new organizations to our tremendously diverse membership,” says Elizabeth Ashbourne, executive director of PQMD. “Each member represents a unique position and strength in their respective field, and serves to increase the knowledge-base of our membership as a whole.”

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 http://www.pqmd.org.