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Causes: Environment, Health, International, International Development, International Relief, Public Health, Recycling

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.

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with the Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti for over 20 years as a physician. during much of that time we have had the good fortune of having a relationship with Global Links in Pittsburgh Pa. The organization has provided us with vital supplies including sutures and other essential equipment. They are well organized, efficient and always send durable functioning equipment which can immediately be put to use.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with the institution has been excelent - exemplary professionalism coupled with a dynamic performance. Their pre- and post evaluation helps to establish a positive collaboration that leads to a positive donation. I truly appreciate their support of our projects, particularly during the the critical moments of the program development.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Global links is so great, they really help me to send to my grandmother who is 85 years old, and life in Venezuela to have some medical supplies, on Friday I did email Angela Garcia, buy Monday everything was ready to pick up, Angela,Marisol, and Jennifer, and everybody there are so wonderful they really made an impact in people's live. We are so grateful to have Global Links, and all the wonderful Humans beings to work there. Muchas Gracias, Norma Arbujas

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.