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. hospitals to redirect still useful materials away from the waste stream to public health improvement efforts in targeted countries throughout the hemisphere.
Jan 13, 2014

Beyond Relief, Global Links Helps Strengthen and Rebuild

At Global Links we take the long view on all of our health improvement projects and disaster relief is no different. With the financial support of donors like you, we can take a strategic approach to projects, see beyond the immediate needs and put our skills to work rebuilding clinics, hospitals, systems and, ultimately, lives.

In 2008, the Cuban government began to systematically update hospitals in Santiago, including Hospital Saturnino Lora. This 630-bed teaching hospital is an essential part of Cuba’s extensive healthcare system, and is particularly known for cardiovascular care.

 By 2010, remodeling at Saturnino Lora had been completed in the cafeteria, laundry, a 60-bed ward in internal medicine, an expanded cardiovascular surgical ward with 8 ICU beds, the operating rooms, and the orthopedic trauma and imaging department. When Hurricane Sandy hit Santiago in the fall of 2012, devastating much of the healthcare infrastructure, the hospital suffered damages that set-back the progress that had been made. 

The Cuban government quickly restarted work to rebuild the areas that had been damaged.  Working with the Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization in Cuba, Global Links prepared two shipments containing 60 beds and 247 mattresses to increase and improve bed capacity at the hospital.  The beds will primarily assist the Angiology and Cardiovascular wards which need intensive care beds.

“Please thank everyone at Global Links for the important and efficient work that they are doing and have done during this project to aid Santiago, Cuba.”

-Lic. Justo Cardenas, Administrator, PAHO, Cuba

Global Links is committed to helping the Santiago province rebuild its healthcare system.  To date we have  provided 8 containers to Santiago to help rebuild the health infrastructure.  These containers have focused on the following areas

Phase 1 – 2012 :  Post-Disaster Disease control and sustaining the continuity of care – 4 containers

Phase 2 -  2013: Improving  Bed capacity in the health system in Santiago – 4 containers

With your continued support we will be able to provide 8 more containers during our next project focus area:

Phase 3 - 2014: Rebuilding primary care offices and examination rooms – 8 containers

Please let the caring and concern that fueled your first gift to the project be the foundation for another donation. Join us in taking the long view on this project by making a gift today. Invest in this proven process of Sharing Surplus and Saving Lives.

Thank you.

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Oct 15, 2013

In Cuba, Something to Sing About

Dr. Brossard
Dr. Brossard's patient, left, with his mother.

A few days ago, Dr. Julio Brossard, a neurosurgeon in Santiago, Cuba, saw a patient for consultation six years after removal of a brain tumor. Dr. Brossard said the patient was memorable for a couple of reasons – he sang a song from his hospital bed for our CEO, Kathleen Hower, and our Deputy Director, Angela Garcia, when they visited the hospital the day before that 2007 operation. And, the bed he was singing from came from Global Links.

“He is a cancer survivor,” wrote Dr. Brossard. “He only has palsy in ocular muscle post radiotherapy but he is alive with a good quality of life.”

Our longstanding relationship with Dr. Brossard and with the Cuban public health system has worked for the benefit of many patients. “My patients receive excellent medical care in Cuba thanks to the  work of Global Links and the members of the staff of neurosurgery who perform complicated neurosurgical operations with  many surgical tools (surgical microscope, microsurgical instruments, surgical loupes, high-speed drill, surgical drainages, general neurosurgical tools) that we received from Global link during many years.”

Global Links continues to work with hospitals in Santiago and other neighboring cities to recover from the damages sustained under Hurricane Sandy.  To date we have provided six containers full of medical furnishings and supplies, and four more shipments are planned for this year.

Dr. Brossard included information about his patients and photographs in a letter of congratulations for the opening of our new headquarters. Having visited Global Links in the past, he understands the impact our efficient new building will have on our ability to provide the kind of targeted donations of sophisticated medical materials his hospital needs.

We hope to work with Dr. Brossard and his colleagues for many years, knowing that this partnership saves lives – and improves lives – in Cuba. We are always happy to hear from our good friend Julio Brossard, and proud to share with you the feedback we receive from all of our partners.

“Congratulations again, dear friends for this very nice day for Global Links, for you and for the world. Julio”

Thank you for supporting out ongoing work in Santiago.

Sep 25, 2013

Breath Hope Expands to Bolivia's Chaco Region

Global Links' Breathe Hope program was recently recognized as one of the initiatives that earned Global Links a Breathe Award by the Breathe Project, a program of The Heinz Endowments of Pittsburgh, PA. They acknowledged how our innovative work helps improve air quality locally and how our efforts raise awareness about air quality issues throughout our hemisphere.

Through generous donor support, Global Links was able to send Breathe Hope shipments to clinics in Bolivia's Chaco region in August, 2013. EL Bagual health post and Caiza health post each received four nebulizing stations. Because of the shipments, at-risk children and elderly populations in these areas will have access to dependable breathing treatments when necessary. 

All across Central and South America, nebulizers are in short supply, but asthma is on the rise. Deteriorating environmental conditions underlie increasing rates of respiratory disease, especially among children. The dust from unpaved roads, smoke from cooking fires, and burning garbage all exacerbate the condition. 

Thank you for your support of Breathe Hope-because no one should die for lack of what others throw away.

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