Global Links

Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to supporting health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities and promoting environmental stewardship in the US healthcare system. Global Links' collaborative efforts include: Redirecting still-useful materials away from US landfills to support public health programs in targeted communities throughout the Western Hemisphere Sharing expertise and technical knowledge with international and domestic partners Educating partners, volunteers, and the community on issues of global health and environmental stewardship
Jun 22, 2015

Final report: Protecting Ebola Healthcare Workers

Thanks to help from donors like yourself Global Links was able to respond to the Ebola outbreaks in Africa by provided much-needed personal protective equipment. Many of our donations through the duration of this project were concentrated in Sierra Leone, the second hardest hit country.

Global Links worked diligently with our volunteers and partners to prep and send thousands of items of personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect the healthcare workers responding to the outbreaks. These items included gloves, masks, gowns, goggles, and disinfectant. Upon arrival in country, the supplies were reviewed for quality and then distributed to outlying areas based on the communities’ needs. This allowed our donations to get to the people that needed them the most. These boxes of PPE, especially the medical gloves, were one of the “most coveted” items by the medical professionals treating patients.

In addition to basic PPE gear, we also sent several pallets of medical scrub uniforms this year. These 2,200+ scrub sets (tops and bottoms) provided an additional layer of protection for the responding healthcare workers. The scrubs allowed the workers to change out of their normal street clothes upon arrival at work. Scrubs help reduce the spread of infections as there are few places for microbes to hide, and are very easy to clean. This also means the potential spread of infection to the healthcare workers’ families was reduced.

Global Links was also able to supply several pallets of post-mortem bags and plastic trash bags to help contain contaminated materials to further reduce the spread of the virus. Lastly, we were also able to send IV supplies which were used to keep patients hydrated and to improve their chances of recovering.

Because your generous support, we were able to assist during several phases of the Ebola response, from protecting healthcare workers and patients to helping to curb the spread of the infection. We would not have been able to accomplish this work without your generous and thoughtful help. Thank you so much for your support and confidence in our ability to deliver appropriate supplies in the time of crisis.

If you would like to continuing helping a Global Links project, please consider donating to our Nepal Earthquake Relief project.

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May 18, 2015

May 15 Update on Relief Efforts to Nepal

Donated medical supplies in use in Kathmandu
Donated medical supplies in use in Kathmandu

The last several weeks have been a busy time at Global Links as we have been assisting with the Nepal earthquake relief efforts.  We have been able to provide nearly $130,000 of specialized medical and surgical materials to support 3 main effots in Nepal:

  1. Global Links has equipped 9 first responder medical teams that are providing care in Kathmandu as well as remote communities in Nepal.
  2. We worked with Team Rubicon to support their medical and surgical response teams with specialized materials for use by their volunteer medics, nurses, and disaster specialists.
  3. We are also collaborating with several other organizations and hospitals with teams on the ground in Kathmandu to provide needed medical supplies to treat patients. 

We are working with the Nepali diaspora on how Global Links can best support long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Nepal.

Dr. Evan Miller, a Pittsburgh doctor that we supported, had these words to say about his experiences so far in Nepal:

"Can't even explain this trip so far. We went to the remote villages to treat. These villages were completely destroyed with almost complete loss of all structures. We were the only provider group to set up camp in the area. We deployed as one provider, 3 assistants / translators, and two motorbike scouts. ...The group worked incredibly well together. Two ran the pharmacy and three worked nonstop translator and help dress wounds. We treated over one hundred patients a day. We were close to the epicenter of the new quake 6 people in the village died yesterday. We treated 30 to 40 casualties immediately after. Everyone stayed out in open spaces all night due to 23 aftershocks through out the night. Largest being 5.9. ... We will head to a different area tomorrow. A majority of the patients were in big need of treatment. Multiple awful wound infections, abscesses, sprains fractures concussions. We utilized all of the medical supplies we brought. They didn't have basic aids or antibiotics besides the large supply we fundraised for.  Thanks for helping I can't explain how much I learned on this trip."

We would not be able to accomplish any of this work without your help, and responders like Dr. Miller would not be able to provide this life-saving care without appropriate medical supplies and equipment.  Thank you for supporting our relief efforts in Nepal. Please consider a recurring donation to support our ongoing efforts.

Team Rubicon
Team Rubicon's medical clinic in a remote village
Volunteers & staff prepping medical materials
Volunteers & staff prepping medical materials
Dr. Miller before heading to Sindupalchok district
Dr. Miller before heading to Sindupalchok district
Dr. Miller treating patient in Sindupalchok
Dr. Miller treating patient in Sindupalchok
Mar 24, 2015

Continuing support 1 year since the outbreak

This week marks the one year anniversary of WHO's declaration of the Ebola outbreak. Global Links recently received a detailed distribution report from the Sierra Leonian health authorities that shows how the personal protection equipment we donated last fall was used in thirteen different hospitals and health posts! These materials protect the precious human resources who are so critical in controlling and stopping Ebola. You allowed us to respond quickly and we thank you for your support!

This week we were also able to respond to a new request for reusable medical uniforms for the staff to wear under their personal protection equipment.  Global Links' has a national program, Save Your Scrubs, that encourages US hospitals and healthcare personnel to donate, rather than discard, gently-used scrubs in good condition. (More information on this initiative can be found here: http://www.globallinks.org/donate/donate_scrubs.php) Thanks to your support, we were able to quickly prepare nearly 2000 pairs of scrubs in assorted sizes that are on their way to NY, where they will shipped, along with more PPE and disinfectant, in an ocean-going container in the near future.

Since our last report, we also began working with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) to identify how we can support a contingent of Cuban medical professionals who were working in Sierra Leone prior to the outbreak, and will continue to serve there at the request of Sierra Leone health ministry.
Until Ebola has been eliminated, Global Links will continue to work with our partners to provide materials to support the health workers. Thank you for being a part of our work!

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