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E-DRUG: Asian Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster (4)
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Dear Colleagues:  

The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations appreciates and endorses WHO's 
advisory on drug donations for tsunami relief.   It is particularly important 
to take WHO's suggestion that donations in the post-emergency period be in cash 
to charities and governments in the affected areas.  

E-druggers need only recall the Mozambique floods of 2001 when MOH-approved 
requests were respected and filled, but afterwards, massive, unrequested and 
largely irrational donations came like a second flood.  Most were from 
inexperienced NGOs, and some were from governments.  The country was left with 
a new, problem it hardly needed:  disposal of useless and potentially toxic 
meds.  

Hopefully, that mistake will not be repeated if WHO's (Richard's) advice is 
taken now.  
 
James B.  Russo
Executive Director
The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations  (www.pqmd.org) 
146 Koenig Rd.
Bernville, PA 19506
USA
610 488  8303
610 488 7036 (fax)
484 269 6470  (mobile)
jbrusso@pqmd.org

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