Global Links, a United States based charitable organisation out of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, has donated over US$7 million in medical equipment to hospitals in Jamaica since 1989, to assist in improving healthcare delivery.
Chairman of Global Links Board of Directors, Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew.
According to Chairman of Global Links Board of Directors, Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, some of the island’s hospitals that have benefited include Port Antonio, Annotto Bay, Mandeville, May Pen, Savanna-la-Mar, Spanish Town, Port Maria, Black River, Cornwall Regional and Falmouth.
She told JIS News in an interview that since its inception in 1989, Global Links has shipped over 39 containers of medical supplies to Jamaica. Each shipment included hospital furniture, medical supplies, basic medical equipment and pharmaceutical supplies.
Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew pointed out that since 2005, Global Links has forged a partnership with the Alcan Foundation to provide critically needed dialysis equipment and supplies to support the University of the West Indies (UWI) Dialysis Unit.
She noted that kidney disease is an increasingly prevalent health condition in Jamaica, which has led to the key support given in this area, as well as the provision of training for key clinical and bio-medical staff.
Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew explained that even more important than the dollar value of assistance provided are the hundreds of thousands of Jamaicans who have benefited from Global Links partnership with the health sector in Jamaica.
Jamaica is one of nine countries that have benefited from the medical assistance provided by Global Links over the last 20 years.