February 2023
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Note from Elizabeth (EJ) Ashbourne, PQMD Executive Director

And just like that, it’s February. This month, we are thrilled to announce and launch registration for our 2023 Global Health Policy Forum! PQMD’s annual meeting will be held in Paris, France from April 25-27, and will unite more than 100 global health leaders from over 70 organizations including speakers and panelists from around the world to lead in-depth discussions and explore critical global health policy issues. The program will consist of an Executive Forum followed by two days of compelling sessions that focus on key aspects of this year’s theme: European Leadership in the Global Health Agenda. You can learn more about the meeting agenda, speakers and logistics on our website. Make sure to register early. More Forum highlights below.

Also, as this year has gotten underway, I want to call your attention to the work our members are doing to address the catastrophic earthquakes that hit both Syria and Turkey this month. PQMD has been holding informational calls allowing our members to share their responses and how they can work to support the critical needs of the people dealing with the aftermath of this disaster. You can learn more about how our members are responding in this newsletter.

PQMD members are working in over 80 countries focusing on continued support for humanitarian crisis and long-term sustainability and resilient strategies. In particular, many of our members marked the one-year anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.  PQMD will continue to lead the effort of convening and supporting our members to address any challenges and assure the quality of donations provided to refugees who are being forced to leave Ukraine due to Russia’s invasion. You can learn more about how our members marked the one-year anniversary below under Member News. 

I'm excited to mention that we are soon beginning the second phase of GARDaccess. With our partners, we recently created and presented a GARDaccess poster at the World Symposium 2023 in Orlando, Florida. We are currently finishing our Phase 2 plan and will have more to share next month.

Please stay safe and I'm looking forward to seeing many of you in Paris soon! 

PQMD Global Health Policy Forum- Day 2 Highlight

PQMD is looking forward to seeing everyone this April in Paris, France for our first in-person Global Health Policy Forum since 2019!

Registration is now open! You can learn more about this exciting meeting on our website, including the agenda, speakers, and logistics. 

You will not want to miss the discussions on Day 2 of the meeting: Trends in Financing, Europe's Health AgendaFinancing and philanthropy are integral to advancing Europe’s health priorities. The aim is to better understand the prosperity, social investing and impact drivers that fuel philanthropy in Europe and catalyze innovation and transformative financing. The sessions during this day will focus on re-energizing European philanthropy and exploring innovative public-private partnerships. learning about blended financing models that can drive transformational change, and exploring European ESG accountability measures and how global organizations can prepare for a changing reporting landscape. 

We will also have a panel on the economic, political and social insecurity in the Ukraine and implications for health systems in surrounding and supporting countries. Finally, you can join us for a cocktail reception at the end of the day. 

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The 2023 Summer Session of PQMD's Global Health & Development Course is Open for Registration!  

PQMD has condensed key elements of a Master’s in Public Health curriculum to create a comprehensive Executive Survey Course on global health, for professionals or students working in the space but lacking relevant formal education.

The course compresses much of the MPH curriculum with an emphasis on global concerns; participants gain an improved understanding of health disparities around the world and how they’re measured, health systems in low and lower-middle income countries, the global frameworks and key players providing sustained humanitarian assistance for global health development, and the dynamics and coordination of international disaster response.

The session begins June 7 and continues through July 19, every Wednesday from 12-2pm ET. 

Space is limited. Register Now! 

Learn more on our website.

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Stay Informed!

Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn or one of our other social channels to get the latest, most up-to-date information on our Pillar Talks, courses, events, and resources. 

PQMD Holds Pillar Talk Webinar:
Medical Donations Technology Showcase 

On Tuesday, February 21st, we held a Pillar Talk Webinar: Medical Donations Technology Showcase hosted by the PQMD's Knowledge & Innovation Committee. The webinar highlighted systems, innovations and solutions that increase efficacy and fuel impact of medical product donations. Topics included pharmacovigilance, product placement timelines, seamless interface between donation stakeholders, and last mile solutions. The speakers provided brief product overviews and delved into important dialogue related to their strategic investment in real-time technology and network solutions.

If you missed this important webinar or would like to share with colleagues, you can now view the recording. 

If you are interested in learning more about implementing the technology showcased during the webinar or to schedule a demo, contact:

  • The Pharmaceutical Information Management System (PIMS)

David Alarcon: dalarcon@internationalmedicalcorps.org

P Nguyen: pnguyen@internationalmedicalcorps.org

  • NTDeliver: Supply Chain Information System

TJ Muehleman: tj@standardco.de


J Michael Wrigglesworth: mwrigglesworth@themaxfoundation.org

  • Boaz Donations Management System

Colleen Harrisson-Dodds: c.harrisson-dodds@ihpuk.org

Planning on attending PQMD's Global Health Policy Forum in Paris?
Let your colleagues know with the simple click of a button! 

Are you preparing to be with PQMD in Paris in April? Or another upcoming Global Health event and want to let your PQMD network know that they will be able to connect with you in person?  The CoP has made this as easy as the click of a button!  On the CoP’s Calendar of Events you can inform your colleagues by clicking “Going”, “Maybe” or “Can’t Go”.  A quick scan will also allow you to know which colleagues you can expect to reconnect and newly connect with. 

Click below to let your fellow PQMD members know if you will be in Paris.

Measuring for Success Month Update

This month marked the 3rd annual “Measuring for Success Month” at PQMD. Over the years, our Toolkit Overview has remained a staple and the Knowledge and Innovation Committee wants to thank all the member representatives who joined us for the Open House earlier in the month. PQMD is always looking for valuable case studies, like these from the Max FoundationAmericaresMAP International, and MedShare.  Our tools and resources can help you bring your M&E journey to life - and provide a platform for shared learning to benefit everyone working in medical product donations. 

Our signature event this year was our “Technology Showcase” - PQMD highlighted different product donation management systems and explored what problems these systems solved as well as the impact and implications of these systems on best practices. Our members have invested in and developed incredible systems to increase program efficiency and therefore the effectiveness of their product donations. The event was solution-focused and yet highlighted key considerations that product donations systems must take into account: easy of use, quality  of data, pharmacovigilance, linking cross-sector stakeholder groups, modular systems, transparency, and utility at the last mile. Over the course of the event, participants could see the comprehensive landscape these systems can impact and it was impressive to learn how these systems are changing the cutting edge of product donations. If you missed the event, you can access the recording here.

PQMD Members Mark One-Year Anniversary of Ukraine Invasion

February 24th marked one year since Russia invaded Ukraine. The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the worsening health situation in the Ukraine. This includes untreated chronic diseases, mental health and access to medicines. The situation is worsened by the continued attacks on health care by Russia. The WHO has reported more than 800 attacks on health care. 

PQMD members have been responding to this crisis and many have donated critical medicines and health supplies to those impacted by the situation in the Ukraine. You can read reports, watch videos and get updates below: 

Direct Relief


International Health Partners (ihpuk.org)

War in Ukraine: Displacement and refuge | World Vision

Airlink | February Partner Update (airlinkflight.org)

War in Ukraine | Americares Emergency Response

Ukraine: 1 year mark - Heart to Heart International

War in Ukraine: One Year Update | International Medical Corps

Ukraine Photos and Stories | Medical Teams International

Video: Julia's Passion for Rebuilding Ukraine | Project HOPE

War in Ukraine: Support Children and Families | UNICEF USA

UNHCR: One year after the Russian invasion, insecurity clouds return intentions of displaced Ukrainians (unrefugees.org)


PQMD Members Respond to Earthquake in Turkey and Syria

On February 6, 2023, a 7.8 earthquake struck southern and central Turkey and northern and western Syria. As of February 26, 2023, more than 51,100 deaths were confirmed: more than 44,300 in Turkey, and more than 6,700 in Syria. Collectively, the earthquakes are estimated to have caused $84.1 billion in damages.

PQMD members have been responding to this crisis. The Disaster and Humanitarian Response Committee held two coordinating calls in February to discuss how our network of members is responding and opportunities for collaboration. Many of our corporate members are contributing through generous donations and employee matching programs. Learn more about our NGO members responses below: 




Boehringer Ingelheim Care Foundation

Brother's Brother Foundation


Direct Relief


Heart to Heart International

International Medical Corps


MAP International


Project C.U.R.E

Project Hope


U.S. Fund for UNICEF


World Vision

Hundreds Living with Hemophilia in Lebanon Just Got A Boost

Hemophiliacs in Lebanon confront many challenges to living an ordinary life. A 2019 study concluded that the majority of Lebanese patients with hemophilia have “difficulties in social integration, have severe physical limitations and psychological impairments.”

In Lebanon, hemophiliacs have confronted new challenges to managing their conditions in recent years. The medical and pharmaceutical sectors have been badly shaken by the nation's economic collapse. The crisis has affected access to essential medications for patients with chronic conditions, affecting all ages and communities.

The 2020 port explosion that shook the capital was yet another challenge. The blast damaged Karantina Hospital, Beirut’s main public hospital and medical distribution point.

In answer to this need, Anera has received a medication shipment from Direct Relief. The shipment contained 2,100 vials of antihemophilic factor VIII. Antihemophilic factor is a glycoprotein used in treatment for patients with hemophilia to help control bleeding. An estimated 350 patients in Lebanon will receive this donation, which will cover their needs for six months. The patients will collect their medication from the Karantina Ministry of Public Health warehouse.

Read the full article on Anera's website here.

Upcoming Events

Data in Crisis: Responding to the Earthquakes in Turkey and Syria
March 3, 2023; 12pm-1:30pm ET

2023 Concordia Americas Summit
March 9-10, 2023; Miami, Florida

Forecasting Healthy Futures Global Summit
March 14-16, 2023; Abu Dhabi, UAE

MedShare Share the Good Gala
April 18, 2023; 6:30 pm- New York 

2023 PQMD Global Health Policy Forum
April 25-27, 2023; Paris, France

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