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
Jan 6, 2017

Planning phase complete

In the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, Global Links has been in contact with the PAHO officials and Cuban health officials to assess the situation. With 10 provinces and more than 356,000 people affected by the hurricane, Global Links has been asked to focus on holistic and long-range medical system needs for the country. As of now, delivery is not appropriate as short-term response teams and organizations are still working to stabilize conditions and develop a plan to receive and integrate materials from Global Links. 

As we wait for the go-ahead our team has been preparing the items requested in the needs assessment: personal protective gear for both patients and health care workers (gowns, gloves, masks, etc.) and mobile medical equipment appropriate for field hospitals and other temporary medical shelters. 

Global Links has a long history of working in Cuba, including a nearly 5-year recovery project following Hurricane Sandy. As response turns to recovery in the aftermath of Matthew, Global Links will be there to provide materials and support to Cuba's public health system. Thank you for making this important work possible through your generous financial support.

Feb 17, 2016

Families Helping Families

Families packing newborn supplies
Families packing newborn supplies

Thank you very much for supporting our project in Nicaragua to Make Maternal Homes Healthier and Happier Places.  Global Links has been busy over the last several months prepping a special part of the materials for this project.  We're working with our volunteers to prepare Welcome Baby Kits for the new mothers in the maternal homes.  These kits, full of important newborn care items, are used as an incentive to encourage more women to utilize the services of the maternal homes to ensure a happy and healthy delivery for both mom and child.  

We are well on our way to supplying the first 500 kits this year.  In December we hosted a Family Volunteering Day at our headquarters where families with children of all ages helped us pack the kits full of clothes, diapers, blankets, and hygiene items.  With tremendous support from our community, and many first-time volunteers, we were able to prepare more than 170 kits for these new moms. 

We have received additional support from several community groups, faith-based organizations, local small businesses, and our dedicated volunteer base to supply the rest of the items needed and pack them for shipment to the maternal homes.

In Nicaragua, the first delivery of nutritional meals is being processed for distribution to the maternal homes. Nicaraguan health officials are managing the timing of deliveries to meet the different needs in each region.

Our partnership has garnered press coverage by local media outlets and has been featured on the Pan American Health Organization’s website. This spring, we will continue to collect materials for the Welcome Baby Kits from the regional hospital systems and through donations from the public in order to meet the 500 kit goal later this year. 

With one additional shipment of nutritional meals scheduled in 2016 along with delivering the Welcome Baby Kits, your continued support of this project is more important than ever. With proper medical care and a nutritious diet, new moms and their babies will have a happier and healthier start of their life together.

On behalf of all the communities we serve, thank you for making a world of difference.

Congratulation cards for new moms
Congratulation cards for new moms
Welcome Baby Kits packed for shipping!
Welcome Baby Kits packed for shipping!
Nicaraguan Health Officials distributing food
Nicaraguan Health Officials distributing food

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Dec 15, 2015

Delivery to Cuba

Two containers were shipped to Cuba in the fall of 2015 to support the ongoing Santiago relief and improve the conditions in the pediatric hospital:  Cuba#15-126 will support Hospital Pediatrico Sur with furnishings, instruments and supplies.  Special attention was provided to patient room chairs to improve the comfort of pediatric oncology patients and their families, customized wheelchairs to accomodate the various transport needs in the hospital and instruments general, opthalmic and orthopedic pediatric surgery.  The seond beneficiary in this shipment is Hospital Psiquiatrico - El Viso, which is the second psychiatric hospital for the region.  It was so severly damaged by Hurricane Sandy that our support could not begin until 2015 due to the long period of reconstruction.  Office furnishings, crank beds and basic medical supplies were provided to increase patient and staff comfort.  

Cuba#15-127 focused on Laboratory equipment and supplies to suport Hospital Materno Sur and the Provincial Laboratory of Hygiene, Epidemiology and Microbiology.  This new lab is a $1.6M CMN project that aims to not only improve the laboratory processing capabilities in the province but also reduce the overburdening of the labs at the main hospitals.  Specialized microbiology and epidemiological testing will happen here as well as SUMA testing, Cuba’s self designed ultramicroanalytic system to detect congenital malformations.  Lab will meet ISO standards.  Global Links was able to support the lab by providing key materials needed that did not make it into the scope of the project budget.

A third beneficiary of the shipment will be Hospital Pediatrico Norte, a non-surgical pediatric hospital that specializes in intensive therapy and infectious diseases.  Global Links support focused on office furnishings to increase staff comfort and cribs to improve patient care.

Special support for both shipments was provided by Matter, a St. Louis Park-based nonprofit with a mission to expand access to health and food around the world. See article below.

With Phase 3 complete we thank you for your support and look forward to sharing our next project in Cuba with you. Salud!

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