MedGlobal, Inc.

Creating a world without healthcare disparity

aka MG   |   Chicago Ridge, IL   |  www.medglobal.org

Mission

Since 2017, MedGlobal has worked to build the capacity of healthcare systems within countries affected by armed conflict, natural disasters, a lack of resources, and climate change. We have worked with national healthcare systems and individual hospitals and health facilities to design training and education for their healthcare workers, to improve physical infrastructure, policies, and protocols, and to provide the medications, medical supplies, equipment, and technology that they need to treat their patients. MedGlobal’s culturally diverse teams respond to the world’s humanitarian crisis by partnering with communities to provide innovative, sustainable, and dignified healthcare.

Ruling year info

2018

President and Founder

Dr. Zaher Sahloul

Main address

10604 Southwest Highway, Suite 107

Chicago Ridge, IL 60415 USA

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EIN

82-2517347

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is an urgent need to improve access to quality healthcare for the world’s most vulnerable populations living in communities affected by armed conflict, natural disasters, lack of resources, and climate change. These natural and man-made crises have complex, compounding socioeconomic effects that negatively impact the health of people living in crisis areas. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), more than one percent of the global population is affected by crises. Within this one percent, the most vulnerable are those who have been forced to leave their homes. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports 70.8 forcibly displaced people worldwide, including 41.3 million internally displaced people, 25.9 million refugees, and 3.5 million asylum-seekers. These populations who experience the greatest barriers to health worldwide are MedGlobal’s beneficiaries. aa

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bangladesh - Development and Relief Services

MedGlobal has been operating in Bangladesh since 2017. As the result of ethnic cleansing and mass displacement, nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees live in the world’s largest and most densely populated refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. MedGlobal has worked in collaboration with various national and international partner non-governmental organizations to serve over 130,000 Rohingya beneficiaries. MedGlobal works closely with our partners to provide a range of health services at our health post in the Kutupalong refugee camp. Over 39,000 free medical consultations have been completed at the health post.

We have also been partnering with UNFPA to train medical professionals in the Helping Babies Breathe program, which provides birth attendants with the knowledge and skills needed in a baby’s first few minutes of life. In February 2021, MedGlobal expanded its Bangladesh operations by opening a maternity and birth center in Somitipara, Cox’s Bazar. This center supports vulnerable pregnant and postpartum mothers with free physicians counseling, medicine, specialized maternity care, and counseling in family planning, nutrition and hygiene. MedGlobal also provides Mother’s Club sessions for new and expectant mothers in the area. These sessions include family planning counseling, maternal health, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, and health awareness.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Refugees and displaced people

Since 2018, MedGlobal has supported over 100,000 beneficiaries in Syria with medical equipment and supplies. MedGloba previously led an emergency response in besieged Eastern Ghouta by donating an ambulance and medical supplies. We further supported over 1,000 surgeries for trauma and burn patients affected by the ongoing war and provided treatment for children with malnutrition, emergency injuries, and chronic diseases.

MedGlobal has built oxygen generators in central and north Idlib that supply oxygen to health facilities in the region. We have also provided over $200,000 of medical equipment, including ventilators, CPAP and BIPAP machines to government and non-government controlled areas in Syria. This equipment supports patients with acute respiratory illnesses who have difficulty breathing without assistance, and has provided direct support to over 56,000 beneficiaries. MedGlobal has distributed health supplies, winterization supplies, and assistance for emergency evacuations for Syrian IDPs. MedGlobal also supports hospitals in Aleppo and Idlib with ongoing medical supplies.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people
Refugees and displaced people

In 2019, MedGlobal teamed up with the Indus Health Network, a not-for-profit organization in Pakistan that aims to provide free healthcare that is accessible to all. MedGlobal organized a mission of international healthcare providers, who traveled to Pakistan with the goal of building the capacity of the local healthcare community, particularly those serving rural areas. The MedGlobal team committed to the delivery of education in the “Train-the-Trainer” model to extend the impact of services provided long after completion of the mission. The following training courses were offered to 647 participants: Helping Babies Breathe, Adult Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Antenatal Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Obstetric Emergencies, Empathy Training. During the COVID-19 pandemic, MedGlobal provided critical PPE to health facilities serving vulnerable populations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MedGlobal is registered in and has been working in Yemen since 2017, where we have served over 790,000 beneficiaires. The dire humanitarian crisis in Yemen was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, MedGlobal has provided 25 hospitals, rural health facilities, and COVID-19 isolation centers in the most hard-to-reach areas with supplies, critical equipment, medications, and PPE.

In 2019, MedGlobal sent a team of medical volunteers to both the Hadhramout and Marib Governorates to provide medical and surgical services and specialized training courses to the local medical community. MedGlobal has provided several educational initiatives in Yemen, including the Helping Babies Breathe program, point of care ultrasound training, and training on emergency medical triage and trauma stabilization, critical care, and infection control. In all of our work, MedGlobal emphasizes the importance of training local health care providers, and ensuring they have the necessary equipment and supplies, in order to achieve project sustainability and long-term impacts.

In response to increasing malnutrition rates, MedGlobal distributed nutritious food baskets to five IDPs camps in Al Hudaydah governorate and to 168 families in Hadramout governorate, to serve communities on the brink of starvation. MedGlobal is currently launching a Mobile Teams program to bring health care to underserved, hard-to-reach areas in Taiz governorate. The cost of transportation, especially for frequent trips to health centers, is an insurmountable barrier that forces isolated populations living on top of mountains to walk upwards of four hours to reach the nearest health facility.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Refugees and displaced people
Emergency responders

MedGlobal has been active in Lebanon since early 2018, providing primary and surgical care, as well as mental health services to Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese patients. In 2020, MedGlobal provided health facilities in Bekaa Valley, which primarily serve Syrian refugees, with over $12,000 of critically needed PPE and over 55,000 medications to support in their COVID-19 response.

Following the explosion in Beirut’s port, MedGlobal launched an emergency response, which established a medical tent that provided care for affected individuals during the first month post-blast, when hospitals were most overwhelmed. MedGlobal also provided 4 local hospitals and 5 local primary health centers with critically needed supplies, equipment, and PPE to fill gaps following the surge in healthcare needs after the explosion. MedGlobal has launched an elderly home health program to conduct home health visits for vulnerable, low-income elderly residents of Beirut.

Population(s) Served
Refugees and displaced people

Chicago, Illinois is MedGlobal’s first domestic program site. Programs in Chicago were launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the goal of helping to build the capacity of safety net hospitals. MedGlobal’s first domestic partnership is with Anthony Hospital (SAH), an independent, non-profit, community hospital that primarily treats medically underserved communities of immigrants, people of color, and the financially underprivileged. In 2020, we donated a PCR machine to SAH, which allowed for rapid COVID-19 testing. We also purchased much-needed medical equipment including monitors, ICU beds, ventilators, IV pumps, vital sign machines, and capnography monitors, and created training webinars and mental health programming for SAH’s healthcare providers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Since 2019, MedGlobal has addressed the urgent health needs of local populations and overburdened healthcare facilities in Gaza. MedGlobal has sought to build the capacity of local hospitals through donations of critical supplies and conducting training for local healthcare providers. In June 2019, MedGlobal deployed 14 physicials and nurses to train our Palestinian colleagues on the use of new technologies, and donated 6 portable ultrasound devices to health facilities. In January 2020, MedGlobal assisted in the distribution of $675,000 worth of cancer and dialysis medication to local hospitals, as well as a mammogram machine, 4 baby incubators, and a container of medical supplies valued at $2.3 million.

During the COVID-19 pandemic,MedGlobal has donated critical supplies to local hospitals, including over 722,000 PPE items and 12,000 hand sanitizers. MedGlobal also provided 10,000 COVID-19 test kits and a critically needed PCR machine, to help build testing capacity and stem the spread of the virus. Furthermore, MedGlobal distributed educational brochures on social isolation and personal hygiene to quarantine centers.

MedGlobal is launching an emergency response in Gaza following increasing tensions. MedGlobal will distribute emergency medications, medical supplies and equipment to several health facilities in Gaza, directly improving health services for 10,000 beneficiaries. We are also launching a long-term project that will provide elderly patients with home health visits and consultations for their caregivers.

Population(s) Served

MedGlobal has been working in Sudan since 2020 and received registration in the country in 2021. Our programs in Sudan have focused on an emergency flood response and the COVID-19 crisis. Following the devastating floods in Sudan in September 2020, MedGlobal launched a medical response to support 14 health facilities in addressing the influx of vector-borne diseases. In total, MedGlobal donated 7 CBC machines, 7 electrolyte machines and 3 blood bank refrigerators, totaling $60,000 and supporting a total catchment population of 1,040,000.

In response to COVID-19, MedGlobal distributed vital supplies and equipment to 8 hospitals in 6 Sudanese states. MedGlobal provided $98,810 worth of PPE to these facilities. We are also installing an oxygen generator in South Darfur that will serve 4.5 million people. Once completed, this will be the largest public oxygen generator in Sudan. We have provided training for medical staff in the area on how to optimally use the oxygen the generator will produce, in order to ensure long-term success for the project.

MedGlobal is currently facilitating the rehabilitation of a children’s hospital in Khartoum to improve the delivery of health services for children in need. We are also providing health services to Ethiopian in Gedaref State through a clinic in a refugee camp.

Population(s) Served

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, MedGlobal is launching our first programs in India in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The goal of our India projects is to provide life-saving oxygen equipment and antiviral medications to treat patients with acute respiratory infections during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.

MedGlobal is constructing an oxygen generator at a hospital in Mumbai that will benefit patients free of charge. We will also be training 100 health workers on how to use the oxygen generator and how to appropriately administer oxygen to patients. Biomedical engineers will be trained on the use and maintenance of the oxygen generator. Furthermore, MedGlobal will be providing critical oxygen supplies, as well as life-saving antiviral medication health facilities serving vulnerable groups.

Population(s) Served

MedGlobal has been registered and operating in Colombia since early 2019. MedGlobal has provided 50,000 free primary, dental, and prenatal care consultations to Venezuelan migrants and refugees through a health clinic in the Comuneros neighborhood of Cúcuta. MedGlobal has also coordinated 57 volunteer deployments for medical providers with a variety of specialties to improve the availability and quality of comprehensive, specialized care at the Comuneros clinic. When COVID-19 left Venezuelan migrants stuck at the border, MedGlobal responded by providing health services at a shelter in Cúcuta, where migrants awaited permission to cross back into Venezuela.

In April 2021, MedGlobal established a health clinic at Los Patios Migration Center in Colombia, in order to provide free, comprehensive medical care to “walking” migrants from Venezuela along their journey. Available services include primary care, OB/GYN, psychosocial support services, laboratory services and medication. The clinic also provides rapid testing for COVID-19, as well as the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

InterAction 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of patient consultations

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

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Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MedGlobal is working to eliminate barriers to health faced by vulnerable populations in crisis areas. We aim for an immediate impact that addresses acute health needs and grows into a comprehensive and sustainable solution. We work with refugees, displaced persons, and other vulnerable populations in-country​ sites suffering from natural and man-made crises: Bangladesh, Colombia, Yemen, Greece, Gaza, Syria, Pakistan, Lebanon, Ecuador, and -- with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic -- the United States.

In order to provide immediate relief, we often begin by coordinating free, comprehensive medical and surgical services by local and international health care professionals. To improve the capacity of local professionals, we provide evidence-based training through a “train-the-trainer” approach, in which we aim for trainees to become trainers for subsequent courses in their local communities. Finally, we strive to improve local infrastructure by sourcing and donating the essential medications, medical supplies, equipment, and technology that local health facilities need to provide comprehensive patient treatment.

Our goal is to rebuild the health systems of crisis-affected communities so that they are equipped to offer comprehensive and dignified patient care, and more resilient to future challenges. We envision a world without healthcare disparity.

We implement the following programs based on local needs at our country sites: Disasters and Emergency Response, Healthcare Services, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Health Training and Education, Building Health Infrastructure, Public Health and Epidemiology, Nutrition, and Quality Improvement.

We implement the following programs based on local needs at our country sites: Disasters and Emergency Response, Healthcare Services, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Health Training and Education, Building Health Infrastructure, Public Health and Epidemiology, Nutrition, and Quality Improvement.

MedGlobal works with national healthcare systems and individual hospitals and health facilities to design training and education for their healthcare workers, to improve physical infrastructure, policies, and protocols, and to provide the medications, medical supplies, equipment, and technology that they need to treat their patients.

To achieve a sustainable impact, we incorporate mental health and psychosocial support for local healthcare workers -- continued patient care depends on their wellbeing -- and we build healthy habits in local communities through public health programming. Improving the health of people in crisis areas requires great flexibility; we monitor and evaluate our programs to inform continuous quality improvement.

Finally, MedGlobal doctors, nurses, and team members advocate on behalf of refugees, displaced persons, and the other vulnerable populations we serve, as well as on behalf of our local partners, in order to shape and change policies, increase funding to life-saving programs to help marginalized communities, and raise awareness among the general public and media about important global health issues. Our advocacy aims to raise awareness about the reality people face in humanitarian crises and low-resource settings, and influence decision-makers to adopt policies and take actions to promote the health of the most vulnerable populations.

MedGlobal’s robust team of diverse, dedicated, and knowledgeable volunteers, staff, and Board Members lend expertise and manpower to the design, implementation, and improvement of our programs. Our team is composed of experts in health -- including clinical medicine, public health, and the provision of humanitarian aid in low-resource and crisis-affected settings -- fundraising, policy and advocacy, communications and marketing, and operations.

We have staff, field teams, volunteers, and partner organizations who oversee our programs at our country sites. We have full-time Field Coordinators at our program sites in Yemen, Bangladesh, and Colombia. We have hosted 622 medical volunteers on our 225 missions to 14 countries since 2017. Since 2017, they have donated $4,494,297 of professional medical services.

We work in collaboration with local governmental branches such as the Ministry of Health and with World Health Organization Health Clusters and other coordinating groups, Our other partner organizations include local non-profit organizations in addition to hospitals and health facilities that serve vulnerable populations.
MedGlobal team is connected to and has met with high-level policymakers and stakeholders from the Department of State; USAID; Congressional offices and members of Congress, including Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, and Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García; and numerous UN delegations. We continue to engage with individuals and organizations who have a vested interest in, and the resources to improve​ global health.

Since 2017, we have:
Sent 622 medical volunteers on 225 missions to 14 countries
Served 167,000 beneficiaries: refugees, internally displaced persons, and other vulnerable persons, plus the local healthcare professionals who serve these populations
Donated 8.9 million USD of medical services, mediations, and supplies.

In the next decade, we aim to:
Deepen our impact on​ our current country sites. We will know that we have reached our goal when the health care systems in the countries where we work have developed the experience and knowledge, plus the financial and human resources, to provide quality, dignified healthcare that is accessible to all.
Launch programs in additional countries that are suffering from natural and man-made crises. Our programs are designed based on the unique situation at each of our country sites. We work hard to ensure that our programs are culturally-competent, evidence-based, and driven by the greatest needs.
Add to our portfolio of programs. We believe in providing comprehensive care for the most vulnerable worldwide. Body and mind; prevention and treatment; disaster preparedness and response. We will continue to design programs that ensure the whole person cares for every vulnerable person at every stage in his or her life.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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MedGlobal, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/7/2021
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Board chair

Dr. John Kahler

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/28/2021,

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European

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