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Nonprofit Overview

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

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We visited Global Links as part of research for our entrepreneurship project at University of Pittsburgh, and received a very warm welcome, detailed introduction and gracious help from staff members such as Angela and Connor! The medical devices that they have loaned us will surely facilitate our research and our endeavor to develop a low-cost medical device targeting the low resource areas. We are planning to contact them in the near future about figuring out the specific needs for our potential customers, distribution channels and such.

More importantly, this visit is a transformational experience for us! Witnessing the volunteers working in the warehouse full of organized surplus medical supplies and talking to Angela and Connor about the organization's operation, needs and social impact, I was deeply touched by Global Links' noble cause and a hug cannot even express my most sincere gratitude towards these guys. We thank them for all their great work and devotion! I wish I could have brought the whole team to get to know Global Links onsite (the other two members had other engagements that day), since we are all enthusiastic and inspired entrepreneurs who wish to develop something useful for the greater good. We are more than happy to write reviews for the nebulizers and oxygen concentrators that they have loaned us to research on as the least we can do to pay back and start helping out.

We will use our social media presence to spread the word for Global Links. I have also signed up for volunteer. Again, thank you very much for everything, Global Links!

Team OxyGen

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I recently traveled to Honduras with a group of 20 other medical personnel to provide care in a rural village. We left with numerous supplies from Global Links including gloves, gauze, lancets to name a few. Global Links was very willing to provide everything we had requested for our trip and gathered our supplies so quickly. We were able to use these supplies as part of our Child Health Initiative to improve preventive care with the children in San Jose El Negrito and surrounding areas. We make these trips twice annually and have enough remaining supplies to help us provide care for our next visit. I really enjoyed working with Global Links as everyone was so friendly and accommodating and hope we can work together for future trips.

Lydia R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Global Links is one of the best run nonprofits that I have ever worked with here and in the DC area. The Exec. Director stays so true to the mission and never strays from that no matter what. The work Global Links does makes so much sense in many ways - environmentally, medically, and humanly. The result is something that leaves a remarkably clear, profound impact of the countries that they serve as well as on the community from which they draw their "product."

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I read your newsletter and am constantly impressed by the wonderful things you are doing to improve healthcare for the poor.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Global links is TRULY a global non-profit, bring medical supplies to foreign countries that would only be thrown away here because they are the old models, and have been replaced. At this time in history, I believe this is a great need. We are defending many nations fights for freedom, and casualties are inevitable. Medical supplies from GLOBAL LINKS would be more than necessary - that would be critical!

Nefrolempa C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

in my country EL Salvador, Global Links had been an solidary organization in the fight against the chronic kidney disease. in a year 3913 persons, 1020 families, and 10 communities are beneficiated with the support that Global Links to help us. the program nefrolempa had been developed from 2009.. visit us in http://www.facebook.com/nefrolempa

Sabira C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Global Links is a nonprofit in Pittsburgh, PA that has turned recycling to an art form!

I have been aware of the organization for more than 10 years and am personally aware of the work they do in Latin American countries to refurbish durable medical supplies and equipment to countries most in need.

Global Links staff assisted our organization in figuring out how to donate unused, unexpired HIV medications to the province of Matanzas, Republic of Cuba. Pittsburgh has a sister city relationship with Matanzas.

Because the rate of HIV/AIDS is so low in Cuba, our small organization was able to make an impact on the men and women living with HIV in Mantanzas and Global Links provided great guidance.

They are my favorite nonprofit and are willing to talk to hospitals around the world to provide assistance even if the hospitals are not in countries they they currently serve.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found out about Globel Links thru NAPO. We collected items from the public to donate. That experience has stayed with me and I let everyone I know about their great work. It is awesome to know that they take the time and effort to help people that are in such great need. They have come up with creative ways to recycle that inspire not only adults but children as well. As a parent it gives me great hope knowing there are people willing to take the time to come up with solutions to what other wise would be wasted.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am so proud to have an organization in Pittsburgh's back yard that touches so many parts of the world so profoundly. The humility of the Global Links organization coupled with its impact on the lives of the poor is such a strong reflection of Christ, that I believe His Spirit carries the organization. Their stewardship of all resources, dedication and effectivenss in continuing the mission despite impediments, and commitment to the "renewable" concept makes them the paragon environmental non-profit. Bravo Kathleen.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Global Links is unique in that it not only helps donors dispose of their "trash" responsibly, but it provides much needed medical equipment to underserved countries. "Green" is not just a slogan, but part of its mission.