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March 23, 2010

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March 23, 2010

The Wanless Hospital, Miraj Medical Center was founded in 1894 in the small town of Miraj, Maharashtra, in southwestern India by Sir, Dr. William Wanless, (1865 to 1933) a missionary physician of the American Presbyterian Church and has served the people of this area for over one hundred years. Today, Wanless Hospital is the most fully equipped referral center for an area of 50,000 square miles with a population of 20 million. It is a multi-specialty Charitable Hospital and has provided low cost care to the very poor and underprivileged sections of society who have no hope of receiving treatment from any other center in India. The Miraj Heart Institute at the Wanless Hospital is a Tertiary referral Centre for Congenital & Acquired Cardiac diseases as well as Thoracic & Vascular problems, both Elective as also Emergent, catering to the needs of patients from the states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa. The Miraj Heart Institute is committed to provide COMPREHENSIVE CARDIAC CARE WITH COMPASSION AND CHARITY and present an effective Witness through its Advanced Cardiac Care to the poor and un-affording class of patients. We treat almost the whole spectrum of Congenital and Acquired Heart Diseases as well as perform Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. Cases are as widely ranging as a few days old baby taken up for a Blalock Tausig’s Shunt to a 70 year old person undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. The cost of Cardiac Surgery in India is very high (over $5,000 per patient) and such facilities are available at private Corporate Hospitals, which are affordable only to the upper middle and rich classes. The Miraj Heart Institute provides subsidized Cardiac surgical care, (about $2,500 per patient) with a very high level of professional skill and a compassionate Christian approach. This has been made possible by the generous help that we continue to receive in the form of Funds, Equipment and Disposables from various organizations. The cost of disposable items constitutes a major part of the expenditure on Cardiac surgery. Cardiac suture is a very important and fairly costly ingredient of the operation. Furthermore good quality suture is imperative for an optimal surgical result. Our average cost of suture per Open Heart Surgery varies from $250 to $500 depending on the type of surgery. Global Links, USA (www.globallinks.org) a charitable organization have been kind enough to donate us Cardiac surgical suture. Global Links has been helping my program since 2007 by regularly donating these expensive Cardiac sutures. These ongoing donations of valuable sutures from Global Links for the past 3 years have substantially helped to keep our operative costs low. Our average cost of suture per Open Heart Surgery varies from $300 to $500; depending on the type of surgery. Till date I have used these sutures supplied by Global Links in over 100 Open Heart surgeries and have been able to cut down my operating costs by at least $200 per patient. It is because of such continued support that we are able to run our program and care for the un-affording sections of patients in this part of our country. Beyond doubt as always the loving hand of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ was at work and we all thank and praise Him for the great Humanitarian work that Global Links continues to do for the poor and needy. It is said that ‘A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE’. But our experience in working with Global Links is such that ‘A STITCH SENT IN TIME SAVES A LIFE.’ Truly Global Links have made this priceless difference between Life and Death so very true for so many of our patients. We the staff of the Miraj Heart Institute, Wanless Hospital and all our patients are grateful to Global Links, USA for this enormous and ongoing donation of costly Cardiac suture material. We shall forever remain extremely indebted to Global Links and all their staff for their continued, kind and compassionate help offered to our Institution.

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their care and concern to reach out to the poor and needy

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I had come to know about Global Links much earlier.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 3, 2010

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March 3, 2010

For the past 10 years Global Links has sent our hospital in Gabon, Africa packages of suture at no cost. This has allowed us to operate on thousands of low income patients and keep our prices below $100 for a major operation, including all the hospital costs. Dr. David Thompson, Surgeon, Bongolo Hospital

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Global Links has been sending us packets of suture each year for the past ten years. Several times I have stopped by, and the staff allowed me drive away with a carload of surgical supplies to ship to our hospital in Gabon.

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The staff who work at Global Links have always been friendly, helpful, and have contacted me each year to offer additional free donations.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Provide sutures for all five of the mission hospitals in Africa where our organization is training African surgeons!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 27, 2010

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February 27, 2010

Glboa Links has provided sutures to mission hospitals where I have worked for over fifteen years. Communication and cooperation is excellent. They always provide what you ask for if at all possible, and let us know what else is available in case we might be able to use it. The best thing about Global Links is that they do not send junk to Africa.

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they are engaged and informed.

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About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 24, 2009

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April 24, 2009

Global Links is one of the most efficient and well-run organizations I've come into contact with. The main focus of the organization is compassion and respect for the populations served. They are meticulous in achieving the dual mission of helping underpriveleged people while helping to preserve our planet.

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The way they have become involved with my organization.

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They do what they say they will

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Dedicated, compassionate, motivated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save the planet.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 20, 2009

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April 20, 2009

Global Links has continuously donated supplies to help the women in our program. We have received large amounts of baby formula and feminine hygiene products. Global Links has been very generous and consistent with these donations. The contribution to our organization helps provide necessities to the women of HEARTH who are trying to get back on their feet. HEARTH is a transitional housing agency for homeless women with children. the participants are required to enroll in some type of post secondary education. As the women complete their education and raise their families, it can become overwhelming. The supplies Global Links donates to HEARTH goes directly to the women and helps lessen their burden tremendously! Thanks Global Links!!

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how much they have helped our program consistently. We have received donations from Global Links on a very regular basis.

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keep up the good work!

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how wonderful and helpful everyone is. They are always very accommadating to my schedule for pick ups and are alwasy ready in a timely fashion.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful. I typically know what I am am to pick up before I head there, however there are always various items that are added in with the larger donation. Each little bit helps our program.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world!

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i have had nothing but pleasurable experiences in working with Global Links.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

awareness. I had never heard of Global Links until my employment with HEARTH.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 17, 2009

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April 17, 2009

Global Links plays a vital and unique role by doing meaningful work simultaneously on TWO fronts. First, Global Links is improving the environment by significantly reducing the wastestream of healthcare institutions. Second, Global Links is improving the lives of scores of individuals in developing countries through the recycling and reuse of medical equipment and supplies. Changing the environment and changing healthcare are two giant tasks and Global Links makes a positive impact on both with a level of competence and professionalism rarely seen.

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Global Links plays a vital and unique role by doing meaningful work simultaneously on TWO fronts.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...focus on my mission.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

First, Global Links is improving the environment by significantly reducing the wastestream of healthcare institutions. Second, Global Links is improving the lives of scores of individuals in developing countries through the recycling and reuse of medical equipment and supplies. Changing the environment and changing healthcare are two giant tasks and Global Links makes a positive impact on both with a level of competence and professionalism rarely seen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

...always professional, competent and courteous

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

...expand their program nationally and help thousands of more lives and prevent many tons of waste from entering the waste stream.

Ways to make it better...

...they were bigger.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

...money and exposure.

One thing I'd also say is that...

...they are great.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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