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Global Healing

Modern Medicine for the Developing World

Ann Arbor, MI   |  http://www.globalhealing.org

Mission

OUR VISION: A world where all children have access to quality health care. OUR MISSION: We train medical professionals across the globe to improve pediatric health care utilizing sustainable resources.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Robert Visscher

Main address

414 N Main Street Unit 5

Ann Arbor, MI 48104 USA

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EIN

94-3207570

NTEE code info

Hospitals and Primary Medical Care Facilities (E20)

Blood Supply Related (E61)

Management & Technical Assistance (G02)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Growing economies that can meet basic health care needs such as immunization next need to improve their ability to care for sick and hospitalized people especially children. Their developing health care systems lack access to the training that their doctors and nurses need to care for critically ill patients. We provide training in current best practices in medicine to enable developing country health care providers to get the most out of their resources and make care available to everyone in the country, not just those who can afford to go outside. Our vision is a world where critically ill children and mothers can be cared for by trained local health care providers.

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?

ROATAN VOLUNTEER PEDIATRIC CLINIC (RVPC) - HONDURAS

The Roatán Volunteer Pediatric Clinic

Founded in 2003 as a partnership between Global Healing and the Hospital Roatán, Global Healing has provided a year-round outpatient pediatric clinic staffed with rotating physicians from North America and Europe. Global Healing has also locally hosted two trauma conferences in addition to other educational trainings and conferences.

Inpatient/Outpatient Clinic

Staffed year-round by a fellow, attendings, residents and student interns, the Clinic provides medical care and education. Within the Clinic, physicians have broadened the original scope by participating in ward rounds with local physicians and examining newborn infants. An educational program has been supported by sponsoring a weekly case-based educational conference. Logistic support has been accomplished by providing necessary equipment associated with teaching visits by US specialists in emergency medicine, neonatology, pediatric and trauma surgery. More intensive training conferences in trauma care and ultrasound diagnosis, attended by health care personnel from the entire region, have been part of this effort.

Residency Elective

This is a one-month minimum position open for third-year pediatric residents to work in a developing country with limited resources. This international elective provides pediatric residents an opportunity to work in a developing country with limited resources. Residents assist attendings and the fellow in diagnosis, treatment and ward rounds.

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Health Education & Advocacy Liaisons

Our HEAL volunteers are pre-medical undergraduates and medical students. They perform triage, assist patient intake and perform various logistical and administrative functions. In the afternoons, HEAL volunteers have the chance to participate in other health-oriented programs on the island.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

National Blood Safety Reform
Global Healing has returned to its flagship site to establish national policies and procedures to improve the quality of blood safety in the Republic of Georgia. Currently, the country lacks modern legal policies mandating evidence-based practices involving blood products. In addition to this, Global Healing will address the lack of quality infectious disease and pretransfusion testing services in the country. Global Healing will also provide continuing medical education and access to international specialists through a telemedicine program. Our work in Georgia will be accomplished through a partnership with American International Health Alliance (AIHA) and the National Center for Disease Control of Georgia (NCDC).
 
 
Jo Ann Medical Center (JAMC) Blood Bank 
Global Healing will establish the JAMC Blood Bank as a center of excellence within the Republic of Georgia to serve as a training ground for other blood banks in the country. By achieving a standard of operation aligned with international guidelines, the JAMC Blood Bank will be a model for all institutions involved in the national blood service to follow.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Training Vietnamese physicians and nurses in a training of trainers model in the fields of pediatric emergency medicine, pediatric intensive care and neonatal intensive care.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

ESTABLISHED A MODERN BLOOD BANK AND HOSPITAL TRANSFUSION SERVICE IN MIREBALAIS, HAITI IN CONJUNCTION WITH PARTNERS IN HEALTH

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Children and youth

Where we work

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 health education trainings conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Children and youth, Parents

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Training includes local clinical staff receiving education in either their home country or in the US, in addition to distance learning events. Global Healing provides training to hundreds per year.

Number of health outcomes improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Infants and toddlers, Children and youth

Related Program

GEORGIAN NATIONAL BLOOD SAFETY REFORM

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of units of blood products for transfusion at Jo Ann Medical Center Blood Bank

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

We aim for sustainable development of healthcare services to improve access to care for people in developing countries. We seek to train local health care providers in current best practices in medicine, to enable them to provide appropriate and accessible medical care for children and mothers with life-threatening or potentially life-threatening medical conditions. In the long term we expect the people we train to continue on to train others in their countries so that the skill and knowledge we help them to develop remains and is expanded. In this way we can improve access to health care for larger numbers of patients.

Our programs are organized according to several guiding principles (our values):
1. We collaborate with local partners and medical experts to develop and implement our programs.
2. We create sustainable improvements in patient care by empowering local healthcare professionals to know, do, and teach current best practices.
3. We foster strong partnerships and open communication between our medical volunteers and program participants to support learning during and between training sessions.
4. We measure the impact of our programs both on the skills of our trainees and on the quality of care being provided.
5. We undertake only adequately funded and supported projects that can deliver the highest quality outcome to the people we serve.

Our capabilities are based on three core areas:

1. People: Over 20 years of work we have built an international network of highly skilled volunteer trainers in medicine, nursing, and laboratory medicine. They are staff members at nationally recognized institutions who are united by a strong desire to help others master the skills they have spent a lifetime learning. Many have international reputations in their own fields and choose to spend their time making it possible for patients in other countries to experience the high quality of medical care that they provide at home. All are dedicated to the idea that patients in developing countries can best benefit by having their local health care providers trained to provide medical care according to current best practices. Our volunteers are backed up by 2 dedicated staff members who provide for their needs and ensure that the financial support to the project is used in the most appropriate way. One staff member can support 3 projects so we have the capability to operate 6 projects at a time.

2. Partners: All of our programs depend on our developing country partners being motivated and fully involved in the training that is being provided. We work closely with our partners to determine their needs and ensure we are providing appropriate training for their medical staff. We nurture long term relationships between trainers and students so that they maintain contact between training visits. Ideally we organize observerships at the US home institutions of our trainers so that key people can see first hand how the knowledge they gain is applied. We continue to work to foster close relationships with existing and new partners.

3. Programs: We select our programs very carefully to ensure that we have the best chance to make the impact that we are seeking. In-country partners are carefully selected, and their training needs are thoroughly analyzed, before we commit to a program. We work only with the approval and endorsement of health authorities at the local and national levels to ensure that the improvements we bring are sustained. We select our volunteers with equal care to ensure that they have the required competencies and the ability to build long term relationships with our partners.

In Georgia, we have established a dedicated cardiac hospital that has saved the lives of thousands of children with congenital heart abnormalities. The blood bank we helped establish is providing thousands of units of safe blood. The next phase of this program will be to help establish a pediatric oncology service at the same institution to build on the capabilities that we established and provide care that right now is not available to most children in Georgia.

In Honduras, we have established a free pediatric outpatient clinic that performs thousands of patient visits at no charge. The next phase of his project is to improve the health of children on the island by promoting exclusive breastfeeding of infants to 6 months of age (Honduras has one of the world's lowest rates of exclusive breastfeeding) and improve the quality of infection control care in the island's only public hospital.

In Haiti, we established a blood bank at Hopital Universitaire di Mirebalais with basic component production capability that is providing safe blood products to children and mothers with anemia. The next phase will be to strengthen the transfusion medicine capability at the hospital and to improve the performance of the Haitian Red Cross.

In Vietnam we have trained nurses and doctors in the Emergency Department, Pediatric ICU, and Neonatal ICU at the Vietnam National Childrens' Hospital. the tertiary care pediatric hospital in Hanoi serving a metropolitan are of 8 million. The next phase will be for the trainers we have trained, with support from Global Healing, to begin training doctors and nurses at the 12 satellite hospitals of the VNCH.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Global Healing

Board of directors
as of 01/10/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James MacPherson

MacPherson Strategies LLC

Term: 2016 - 2024

James MacPherson

MacPherson Strategies LLC

David Marinoff

Oakland Children's Hospital

Eric Scher

Marin General Hospital

Ermelinda Porpiglia

Aarhus University

Sas Mukherjee

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/10/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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