Global Links

Rating: 4.95 stars   300 reviews

Issues: Environment, Health, International

Location: 700 Trumbull Dr. Pittsburgh PA 15205 USA

Mission: 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
Results: Since 1989 Global Links has provided 100 countries with materials worth more than $186 million.
Target demographics: Global Links collaborates with officials, administrators and community leaders to ensure our programs support the work of skilled healthcare professionals and help improve the quality of care for their patients. We work with hospital staff in Western Pennsylvania and beyond to develop sustainable practices for surplus collection and recovery.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of patients who have access to higher quality medical care as a result of Global Links' strategic partnerships. 50+ healthcare facilities in the US with whom we partner to achieve more environmentally responsible operations.
Geographic areas served: Global Links supports health improvement initiatives in resource-poor communities, primarily in the Western Hemisphere. Global Links collaborates with US healthcare institutions and the community to recover hundreds of tons of high-quality surplus medical materials every year that would otherwise be sent to landfills.
Programs: Global Links’ International Medical Aid Program partners with public health authorities to strengthen health systems for measurable impact in the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Our Community Partners Program supports fellow nonprofit organizations in the US that benefit from our materials and experience. Our Environmental Stewardship in Healthcare Program educates a compassionate network of healthcare professionals who work to share surplus with colleagues in resource-poor communities and provides a socially and environmentally responsible alternative to sending still-useful surplus materials to landfills.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I am Lois Weeks, a retired nurse, who, along with a team of American nurse midwives and nurses have been working with the comadronas in Santa Avelina. Today we went to the Puesto de Salud in San Juan Cotzal to learn what resources would be available for our comadronas and the mothers and babies they care for. We were impressed beyond anything we had expected! The doctors and nurses seemed to be very vested in the clinic, the care they are giving, and the improvements that are happening. They have started some very needed programs to teach comadronas and families in the rural areas. They have improved their facilities and equipment, much due to your organization. They (and we) are very excited about the higher level of care they now can give. Their decision to move outside the clinic walls and go to the communities to teach families and comadronas is dramatic. I want to thank-you for your support for this area! We have come to love the people here, and rejoice with them!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Director of Guatemala Surgery/Common Hope and we provide surgical services to the poor of that country who have no other alternatives. We do about 150-180 operations yearly and when you talk surgery, you talk suture.

We found out the hard way how expensive suture is years ago when our ususal donor closed. Subsequently, we have searched high and low for suture to accommodate our needs and the friendly, helpful and sincere people at Global Links have been wonderful. They understand our situation. I am very impressed.

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Beyond being helpful when we come knocking, I was very impressed that this year when I came back asking for more, I was remembered and had the same positive experience dealing with Ellen Wilson.

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

The Organization works for me.

 
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I Know Global Links to have provided the best service to needy foreign countries than any one else in this field

They visit each site before hand and ask the recipients what they need and provide only usable items that are in workign order and adapted to the local electrical system .

I highly recomend Global Links to any person or organization that wants to make a difference

Frank Suatoni MD

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Physicians who were delighted having their patients needs Met

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

expand it

 
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I have led a nursing student community health experience in Managua, Nicaragua for the past 15 years and have directly witnessed what Global Links has done in Nicaragua. In addition to giving me small, portable health care supplies which are able to be independently transported in luggage, I have seen the difference that larger Global Links donations have made. During each of these 15 years, I have taken students to tour the Berta Calderon Women's Hospital, the national reference hospital and a recipient of significant donations from Global Links. I have directly observed the improvements in the quantity and quality of the equipment and the effect that it has had on the work of the staff in the labor and delivery area and the comfort of the patients and the care that they receive as a result.

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My experience has been noted in my statement above.

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

do nothing... Global LInks is a well-run, remarkable organization that is fulfilling a critical need through re-use of medical supplies and equipment.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Global Links does a wonderful job of recycling perfectly usable medical equipment that is too often discarded in favor of newer technology. They enforce high self-imposed standards that require them to only distribute equipment and supplies that can be serviced for future repair needs and that have not exceeded an expiration date. Many items that have been donated rather than discarded only need new wheels, simple cleaning and paint. These minor repairs restore the equipment, prevent inexcusible waste and facilitate patient care in distant lands. Other items need to be grouped together based on the medical application.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've vistited their facilities and am aware of the Global Links collection ares within our hopsital. Having met with many of their staff members, I've personally seen the enthusiasm they have for their work.

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

Perhaps some day, they could provide services to an even broader range of countries.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and are both retired now, but for many many years we were involved with Global Kinks. We first became involved when Global Links were just beginning it was quite easy to see the commitment of the Principals in a totally unselfish manner. and staff to helping others. For many rears while we were representing the U.S. government in Nicaragua and when the health systems of the country was in totally shambles, Global Links came to the support. Global Links was spectacular.
In Nicaragua, my wife was responsible for improving the status of the hospitals and health delivery. Not one organization in the entire world made more of an impact than Global Links.
The philosophy of Global Links of taking perfectly good medical products and send them to the needy is truly what they do.
I know of no organization that utilizes a higher percentage of their income for real programs than Global Links.
My story has been replicated hundreds of times over.
Global Links is truly the very best organization that I have ever dealt with.
If Global LInks does not win this award it will truly be a travisty.
Dr. Richard White and Dr. Joanne White

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the enormous improvement of health care delivery and supply of badly needed hospital equipment and medicines in Nicaragua. My wife and I have been involved with Global Links in Cuba and Jamaica. We have seen up close and personal the results of the generous giving.

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

NOTHING with the exception of Global Links finally receiving the attention that they truly deserve

 
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20 people found this review helpful

Global Links plays an important role, recovering still useful medical furnishings and equipment and unused medical supplies that cannot be used for one reason or another in the U.S., but that can help save lives and provide improved healthcare options patients throughout the world.

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

seeing the dedication of hundreds of volunteers who do everything from setting aside materials for collection at area hospitals, to sorting and packing supplies at Global Links' headquarters, to ensuring that suture donations are delivered to hospitals in desparate need of suture in rural hospitals in Africa. Without the dedication and commitment of these volunteers, Global Links would not be able to do its job nearly as effectively.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-2-01

 
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21 people found this review helpful

Having traveled and worked in developing countries for many years, I am acutely aware of how critical the type of medical aid given by Global Links is in these countries. Global Links has moved beyond simply supplying greatly needed equipment and supplies, to working with the Ministry of Health in many countries to fundamentally improve their delivery of health care. At its home base in Pittsburgh, Global Links not only carries out its basic functions of gathering and shipping medical supplies, but perhaps equally importantly they educate teenagers and others who serve as volunteers at Global Links in the vitally important issues of health in developing countries far removed from the U.S.. My three daughters’ early and long experience with Global Links has been a significant factor in leading all of them to work overseas, including one working in international public health. This highly effective use of volunteers by Global Links also makes them remarkably effective from a financial point of view, leveraging the dollars they receive in donations with the many hours of volunteer time. As a trustee of several family foundations, I consider Global Links to be one of the most effective charities I have contributed to over many years.

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

continue doing the things it already does extremely well, but expand into substantially more countries and gather many more medical supplies from a larger network of US hospitals.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

 
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14 people found this review helpful

Since 2007 I've been working with Global Links as PAHO’s focal point in Guatemala. So far the donation program has been a success reaching the most excluded in health and needed population in Guatemala with the delivery of more than 12 containers with medical equipment, furniture and supplies for several hospitals and health centers. Global Links has shown its commitment to the poor people in our Region and with their vast experience gained working together with the Pan American Health Organization in many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, it’s definitely a good example of an outstanding non profit organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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

their professionalism and commitment on their social mission

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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14 people found this review helpful

Global Links does it right - they understand the needs of the hospitals and clinics they serve, they take the time to educate themselves about each situation, they never make an inappropriate donation. Keeping these useful materials out of US landfills is an added bonus.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the hospitals overseas where I have worked.

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

do just what they're doing.

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

the staff, to be honest. They're great.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to work with them.

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

need for more funding and more material donations from hospitals around the country.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

 
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