Global Links

Global Links is a medical relief and development organization dedicated to a two-fold mission of environmental stewardship and improving health in developing countries. Global Links collaborates with U.S. healthcare facilities and the community to redirect still useful materials away from the waste stream to public health improvement efforts locally and globally.
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!
Mar 24, 2015

YOU helped Santiago recover from disaster-Gracias!

Global Links Bed Donation
Global Links Bed Donation

Since November 2012, YOU allowed Global Links to ramp up our efforts to help the hospitals and clinics in the second largest city in Cuba recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.  Your support allowed us to quickly respond in the beginning with large shipments of healthworker protective gear, soap and key medical supplies essential to daily hospital services.Your support allowed us to help the Gustavo Machin Psychiatric Hospital re-open after the evacuation and resulting damage due to the storm.  Your support allowed us to provide hundreds of beds and mattresses to replace those damaged in the storm, or the makeshift mattresses that were in use. By helping in this way, risk of infections were lowered and patients had safer and more appropriate surfaces on which to heal.  Your support allowed us to furnish primary care examination rooms that had been closed due to the damage incurred, upgrade a dialysis center, support continued medical studies with medical journals and other printed material, and more.

As we close this project, we wanted to recognize each of you for all you have contributed that allowed us to do so much in the past 2 years.  Global Links continues to work in Cuba, in Santiago, and in other areas of the country. We hope you'll consider supporting a new project we will be launching on Global Giving in the second quarter of this year. The project, being developed in conjunction with Cuban health authorities, is called Breathe Hope, and it seeks to improve asthma treatment options through the provision of nebulizers (or breathing machines) for use by children and seniors.  Read more about Breathe Hope on our website: http://www.globallinks.org/breathe_hope.php

Global Links recognized by Cuban health authority
Global Links recognized by Cuban health authority
Dec 31, 2014

Can you help us meet goals #2 and #3?

Dra. Rafaela, Vice-Director of Psy. Hospital
Dra. Rafaela, Vice-Director of Psy. Hospital

Two more shipments to Santiago de Cuba left the Global Links warehouse the week of Thanksgiving.  Our Hurricane Sandy Relief Project continues and we need your support to achieve 5 key objectives by the end of 2015:

These objectives are:

1)  Replacing 25% of the adult beds in 6 main hospitals in the province.  Providing improved mattresses made of materials that reduce bed sores and with proper linings to lessen infection spread through contaminated surfaces.

2)  Increase the number of functioning operating rooms in the 6 main hospitals that are our focus.  Many ORs have been rebuilt but need anesthesia machines, OR tables, and other key medical components to before they can open.

3)  Improve the basic laboratory microscopes so the province can increase the number of clinical diagnostics it provides on a daily basis.

4)  Strengthen the bibliographic material at the province Universidad de Ciencias Medicas which lost key bibliographical books and journals following Hurricane Sandy.

5)  Provide dialysis chairs to replace outdated equipment in the dialysis rooms.

With these last two shipments, we were able to accomplish goal #5 by providing Hospital General Dr. Juan Bruno Zayas and Hospital Provincial Saturnino Lora with 18 dialysis chairs, new wheelchair scales, and over 100 boxes of nephrology supplies that will allow the hospitals to improve patient comfort and improve processes.  Special thanks to Davita / Bridge of Life Foundation for their support of this project.

We also began work on goal #4 with the shipment of the first batch of books to the Universidad de Ciencias Medicas in Santiago.  Books sent focused on neonatal care, gynecology and obstetrics and structural and physical pathology.

Furnishings and supplies were also included to help the main Psychiatric Hospital, Gustavo Machin (which was heavily damaged),update and strengthen its capacity.  

Prior shipments have almost completed goal #1.  With 13 containers of medical aid (valued at $1,306,062.30) shipped since the start of the project, your support has made a profound and measurable difference in the recovery efforts of all of the hospitals in Santiago.

Can you make a tax-deductible donation at the end of 2014 so we can kick-off 2015 by making progress on goals #2 and #3?  We will be closing this project in March of 2015 so we ask that you please consider one last donation to the important and very successful project.  

Together we have accomplished so much since the start of this project, let's work together again to make sure it has a strong end. Thank you for your generous support.

Thank you,

Marisol Wandiga Valentin
Global Links Program Manger for the Caribbean Region

Hospital Juan Bruno Zayas
Hospital Juan Bruno Zayas
New Beds at Hospital Saturnino Lora
New Beds at Hospital Saturnino Lora

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