Global Links Overview
Target demographics: We work with medically underserved communities in Latin America and the Caribbean. Also, we support U.S. healthcare facilities in their efforts to reduce the environmental impact of their operations.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of patients who have access to higher quality medical care as a result of the strategic donations of medical materials by Global Links. 30+ healthcare facilities in the U.S. with whom we partner to achieve more environmentally responsible operations. 45+ medical service trip teams traveling from the Pittsburgh area to donate their medical services around the world whom we provide with medical supplies.
Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: Make a practical contribution to our operations while at the same time learning about global health inequities; pack boxes of needed medical supplies; clean and prep hospital furnishings for an upcoming shipment; clean and match crutches to send to Haiti; lead a collection for needed supplies at their workplace, school, or place of worship; attend a tour of our facilities to learn more about our mission and operations.
Geographic areas served: Global Links partners with clinics and hospitals in nine countries across Latin America and the Caribbean: Bolivia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica and Nicaragua. Global Links also serves the greater Pittsburgh community through our environmental stewardship in healthcare program and our community outreach and education program.
Programs: Member hospitals that serve the poor receive annual allotments of the specific types of suture they request.
(1) Sharing expertise and technical knowledge with international and domestic partners.
(2) Redirecting still useful materials away from U.S. landfills to public health improvement efforts in targeted countries throughout the hemisphere
(3) Educating partners and volunteers on issues of global health and environmental stewardship