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Millwood, VA, January 8, 2013
Patricia E. Bacuros, Director of Gifts-in-Kind Development at Project HOPE

The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) announced that Patricia E. Bacuros, Director of Gifts-in-Kind Development at Project HOPE, will serve as Chairperson of the organization’s Board of Directors beginning immediately through 2014.

Established in 1996, PQMD is the only international nonprofit membership association for pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers and nongovernmental organizations dedicated to responsible medical donation standards and practice. “The demand for donated medicines and other resources for vulnerable communities across the globe is as great as ever,” said Ms. Bacuros.  “I’m excited for this opportunity to ensure that PQMD’s donation standards and practices remain steadfast,  and I look forward to nurturing successful collaborations between the health care firms that donate medical products and the humanitarian organizations that deliver and distribute these crucial resources to those in need.”

Pat Bacuros reviews HOPE GIK donation in Macedonia.

Ms. Bacuros has been with Project HOPE, a global health education and humanitarian organization, since 1996 and is a Founding Member of the PQMD.

At HOPE, Ms. Bacuros has led the organization’s efforts to secure donated medicines and medical supplies from the world’s leading health care companies. The donations have supported HOPE’s health system strengthening programs and humanitarian relief efforts. 

Pat Bacuros visits a HOPE GIK Beneficiary in Macedonia.

Coordination is crucial to building sustainable health care programs in developing nations and in responding effectively to a country’s needs following a natural disaster or medical emergency. Most recently, the twenty-nine PQMD member companies and NGOs have been responding to the critical needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy in both the United States and the Caribbean. Working with local hospitals, clinics, and shelters, PQMD members have provided donations of medicines, hygiene kits, blankets, nutritionals and and more to communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy in the U.S. In the Caribbean, PQMD members are working in Haiti to help storm victims and fight the threat of cholera in the region. 

About Project HOPE
Founded in 1958, Project HOPE (Health Opportunities for People Everywhere) is dedicated to providing lasting solutions to health crises, with the mission of helping people to help themselves. Identifiable to many by the SS HOPE, the world’s first peacetime hospital ship, Project HOPE now conducts land-based medical training and health education programs in 35 countries across five continents. www.projecthope.org

About PQMD
Formed in 1996, the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) is a humanitarian alliance of manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical equipment, as well as non-profit charitable organizations working in developing countries. PQMD members are committed to raising medical donation standards, promoting effective donation practices and informing policy makers and the general public on the donation process. PQMD Donation Guidelines, education programs, research and partnerships are advancing quality medical donations worldwide. For more information about PQMD, visit www.pqmd.org or contact Lori Warrens Tel. 678.566.3628  lwarrens@pqmd.org.

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Geraldine Carroll   Tel. 540.257.3746   gcarroll@projecthope.org

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