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Global Mapping Tool Demonstrates Medical Donation Impact
Date:12/11/2008

Google Map Technology Enhances First Global Medical Donations Map

WASHINGTON, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD) Mapping Tool, now available at www.pqmd.org, provides unprecedented access to information about the medical product donations being made by humanitarian organizations, pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers to the world's most vulnerable populations. Both the general public and professionals in global health will be able to easily determine where PQMD member donations are sent, find information on how the donations are being used by the communities who receive them and access a library of medical donation resources. The tool enables users to search for donations by several criteria including organization and specific countries as well as efforts aimed at humanitarian emergencies.

The project, which was funded by a grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and developed in partnership with Loma Linda University Health Geoinformatics Program and International Aid, Inc., combines Google Map technology with the information management system from VisionLink, Inc.'s Tapestry(TM) Software Suite. A podcast of the December 10 Mapping Tool launch can be viewed at http://globalhealthprogress.org/mediacenter/?p=1137.

Lori Warrens, PQMD Executive Director, said, "The PQMD Mapping Tool enables us, for the first time, to bring donation statistics to life by visually transporting the user to the locations, the organizations and the people benefiting from these donations. For over 10 years, PQMD and its members have been leading the way in advancing quality medical donation practices and addressing the global health challenges of the developing world. W
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