ATLANTA – (May 9, 2018) – The second annual Bill Foege Global Health Awards will be presented by MAP International Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the Delta Flight Museum. To commend Bill Foege, a global hero best known for eradicating smallpox, the award honors individuals and organizations for their commitment to making advancements in global health.
This year’s award recognizes President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter, co-founders of The Carter Center, for their contributions in combating diseases in Africa and Latin America and restoring global health. The event will be emceed by multiple Emmy® award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
The nonpartisan and nonprofit Carter Center works to resolve conflicts, advance democracy, protect human rights, prevent disease and improve mental health care. The Center is a leader in the eradication and elimination of tropical diseases and took on the campaign to eradicate Guinea worm disease, forging a global coalition that has reduced cases by more than 99 percent since 1986.
“We are excited to recognize the Carters for their longtime commitment to addressing critical humanitarian needs around the world,” said President and CEO of MAP International Steve Stirling. “We look forward to honoring the Carters’ efforts at improving the lives of the most vulnerable and underserved communities worldwide.”
MAP International is pleased to have Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, and Martha Brooks, Chair of CARE USA, serving as co-chairs of the Bill Foege Global Health Awards. Honorary co-chairs include Billye and Hank Aaron, Ted Turner and Ambassador Andrew J. Young.
About Bill Foege: Dr. William Foege is a folk hero in the global health industry known for his work eradicating small pox. He was the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and also founded the Task Force for Global Health, (the second largest health-related charity in the world). The list of organizations he has led represents the ‘A’ list of global health innovators. Besides receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Dr. Foege has received the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Award for Humanitarian Contributions to the Health of Humankind and the Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage, in addition to numerous other awards.
About Jimmy Carter
39th President of the United States and Founder of The Carter Center
After his Presidency, Jimmy Carter became University Distinguished Professor at Emory University and founded The Carter Center to advance peace and health worldwide. A not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization, The Carter Center has helped to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy and human rights; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care.
The Center has spearheaded the international effort to eradicate Guinea worm disease. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Mr. Carter in 2002 for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.
About Rosalynn Carter
Former First Lady of the United States and Founder of The Carter Center
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has worked for more than four decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Today, she is a leading advocate for mental health, caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights, and conflict resolution through her work at The Carter Center. She created and chairs the Carter Center’s Mental Health Task Force, an advisory body of experts, consumers, and advocates promoting positive change in the mental health field. Mrs. Carter emerged as a driving force for mental health when she became active honorary chair of the President’s Commission on Mental Health, which resulted in passage of the Mental Health Systems Act of 1980.
(ATLANTA, GA --- April 6, 2018) MAP International, funded by a grant from Georgia Baptist Healthcare Ministry Foundation (GBHCMF), announces the Atlanta launch of its pilot program to expand access to medicine in Georgia.
The first such partnership established in Atlanta with the Good Samaritan Health Clinic will provide prescription assistance to uninsured and under-insured citizens who have fallen through the cracks of the healthcare system.
A grant from Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation (GBHCMF) will enable MAP to provide access to high-quality medicines to people in critical need. Medications will be dispensed through free and charitable clinics throughout metro Atlanta to patients being treated for hypertension, diabetes, asthma and high cholesterol.
“We are deeply grateful for the financial grant from Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation to help us provide more life-changing medicines to those in need. Without their generosity, many in Georgia would not receive the medications they require. Our program is sure to assist those who need it most,” Steve Stirling, President and CEO, MAP International
"Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation is thankful for the ministry of MAP International and are grateful to be able to support this effort. We look forward to working with MAP and Good Samaritan Health Clinic in providing medicines to those in need in metro Atlanta,” Rex Mobley, CFO and VP of Operations, Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation
“The opportunity to provide additional medications on site for our patients in metro Atlanta is the heart of The Good Samaritan Health Center’s Full Circle of Health holistic approach to care. We are thrilled to be working with MAP on this important prescription medicine initiative to help uninsured, underinsured, and homeless in our community.
"This partnership makes it possible for us to continue our mission of Spreading Christ’s Love through Quality Healthcare to Those in Need,” Veronica Squires, Chief Administrative Officer, The Good Samaritan Health Clinic said.
Medicines are a key component of essential health care but are also unaffordable to many individuals and families in Georgia where more than 1.8 million people living without insurance (nearly 20 percent of the state population) and an additional 1 million people who qualify as underinsured.
About Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation
In response to the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ, and keeping with our Baptist heritage, the Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation is committed to the continuation of a healthy community. For more than 100 years, the Georgia Baptist Health Care System has offered a ministry of healing to those in need. Programs funded by GBHCMF endorse themes of self-help, independence, and individual responsibility.
About Good Samaritan Health Clinic
For many the access to quality healthcare like regular check-ups and exams, prenatal care, dental visits, health education and counseling all seems, though sometimes burdensome, a necessity to living a well-balanced life. Too often, however, families must choose between the basics of food and shelter or preventive healthcare that could not only change their lives, but many times save them.
The Good Samaritan Health Center exists to remove the burden of that decision from families, creating a place where they can receive the highest quality care without sacrificing the necessities of life. Good Sam serves individuals and families who have the least access to healthcare and are at the highest risk of having serious health issues remain undiagnosed and untreated.
(ATLANTA - March 8, 2018) The Carter Center, MAP International, and the Liberian Ministry of Health have formed a new partnership to combat a growing mental health crisis in Liberia.
MAP International, is joining with The Carter Center, to provide neuropsychiatric medicines and supplies to the Liberian Ministry of Health. These medications will be distributed to hospitals, health centers, and clinics (public and private) throughout Liberia, where there are trained health care workers, including mental health clinicians.
The first shipment of medicine left MAP International’s Global Medicines Distribution Center February 22, arrived in Liberia February 25 and is being processed for distribution by the Ministry of Health.
“Access to neuropsychiatric medication is a step in the efforts to bolster mental wellness in Liberians. We are grateful that this partnership with MAP International complements our work with the Liberian Ministry of Health to reduce suffering and increase the quality of life for those living with mental illnesses in Liberia,” said Carter Center CEO Mary Ann Peters.
A decade of civil conflict and the outbreak of Ebola have created a mental health crisis in Liberia that has been intensified by misconceptions, stigma, and the resulting discrimination surrounding mental illnesses.
Working with the Liberian government and partners, The Carter Center has helped to create a corps of over 230 locally trained and credentialed mental health clinicians now serving all 15 counties in the country. (Photo Courtesy: The Carter Center)
The Ebola outbreak in 2014 exacerbated mental health problems and exposed the impacts of the shortage of mental health care trained professionals and inadequate supplies of essential neuropsychiatric medications. The Carter Center has supported the Liberian government to strengthen the mental health system and respond to the intermediate psychosocial impact of the Ebola outbreak.
Dr. Francis Kateh, deputy minister of health, chief medical officer, and acting minister of health in Liberia, said: “The integration of mental health care services into the primary health care system is vital to Liberia’s future development and overall prosperity. Due to the mental health impacts of Liberia’s civil unrest, mental health service provision at the primary level is essential in fulfillment of the essential package of health services provided by the government.
People with mental health conditions may have trouble managing everyday life tasks at school, work, or maintaining relationships. The medicine donated by MAP International through The Carter Center is highly appreciated, and it will go a long way in helping clients suffering from bipolar disorders and epilepsy. One of the major challenges of providing care for those people is the lack of essential neuropsychiatric medications.”
The two Georgia-based organizations also teamed up in 2001 to work in partnership on the eradication of Guinea worm in Cote’ d’Ivoire. MAP International served as an implementing partner for The Carter Center.
“This represents a critical extension of our mission,” said MAP International President Steve Stirling. “We work best in partnership with others. The programs being carried out by the Ministry and the Carter Center will have a much greater impact for the people of Liberia because of MAP’s participation,” Mr. Stirling said.
Since 2010, building on nearly two decades of fostering peace and democracy in Liberia, the Carter Center's Mental Health Program has worked to help create a sustainable mental health system in Liberia. The initiative has focused on training a mental health workforce, supporting the passage of a national mental health law, assisting Liberia's Ministry of Health in implementing the national mental health policy and plan, reducing stigma, and empowering family caregivers.
Since 1954, MAP International has provided life-changing medicines and health supplies to people living in poverty.
In 2017, MAP served 14.3 million people by providing medicines and health supplies for more than 10.8 million people serving 3.5 million through community health and development services in Africa and Latin America.
(BRUNSWICK, GA) The local district of Rotary and MAP International provided medical relief to 140 citizens in Valdosta during the first 90 days of the partnership’s pilot program. The program, called Rotary-MAP Saving Lives with Medicine Project, aims to provide prescription assistance to local citizens who have fallen through the cracks of the healthcare system.
The Partnership Health Center (PHC) in Valdosta, GA, is one of the participating clinics in the pilot which provides free medicine to high-risk, indigent patients.
At the PHC, 140 patients benefitted from the program during the first three months alone. Over half of the patients were considered high-risk, being treated for a variety of medical issues including hypertension, Type II diabetes, asthma and high cholesterol.
High-risk patients are defined as those with a history of non-compliance with treatment protocols. These patients are typically unable to afford reduced cost medicines and are usually enrolled in a Patient Assistance Program that requires 1-2 months processing time before medicines are made available These patients were able to receive the needed medicines because of the partnership between MAP International and Rotary District 6920.
“This program is exceeding our highest expectations,” said Dr. Hamsa Thota, Rotary’s District Governor. “We knew we wanted to save lives by providing medicines to at-risk patients, but we had no idea how needed this program was or how successful it really would be.”
Improvement for treated patients was measured using three health indicators. The outcomes were impressive revealing that patients had healthy blood pressure levels, cholesterol levels below 240 and HbA1c levels below 9 percent.
With such successful results, the program will continue into the second phase of the pilot and expand to provide free medicine to indigent patients in health clinics in central and south Georgia.
“The results of this pilot study exceeded our expectations. MAP looks forward to expanding this program to additional communities”, said Steve Stirling, MAP President & CEO. “We are tremendously thankful for this program,” said John Sparks, CEO of the PHC. “Our patients are receiving medicines that would not otherwise be available to them, and we are watching these treatments increase our patients’ quality of living and chances of survival," Mr. Sparks said.
About Rotary International District 6920
Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Our guiding principles have been the foundation of our values: service, fellowship, diversity, integrity, and leadership. Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Rotary District 6920 consists of 63 clubs with a membership of over 3200 Rotary members scattered throughout southeast Georgia including Macon, Augusta, Valdosta, Brunswick, Camden, Tift, and Savannah.
ATLANTA (December 18, 2017) - Forbes Magazine recently released its annual review of the 100 largest U.S. charities. Georgia-based MAP International now ranks as the 21st largest charity in the United States, surpassing $600 million in revenue for the first time since the organization was founded in 1954.
In the Forbes ranking, MAP earned a perfect score of 100 percent in fundraising efficiency (percent of private donations remaining after fundraising expenses) and a 100 percent rating for its charitable commitment (charitable services as a percent of total expenses).
The rankings, which are based on MAP International’s 2016 results show MAP delivered on its mission of providing life-changing medicines and health supplies to people in need, providing $485 million in medicines, provided over $6.6 million in disaster relief and served nearly 13 million people in 102 countries.
MAP is finalizing its 2017 results and will again exceed the $600 million mark.
ATLANTA - (Nov. 21, 2017) – The City of Atlanta recently presented MAP International’s CEO Steve Stirling with a $100,000 check for Hurricane Maria relief efforts. These funds are being used to help an estimated 132,000 people in Puerto Rico and 63,000 people in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where there is an ongoing need for medicines and health supplies.
With this donation, MAP International can provide victims with necessities such as antibiotics and personal hygiene items like soap and toothpaste. An estimated value of all shipments and supplies sent to these areas is $3.1 million.
“We are so grateful to Mayor Kasim Reed and the City of Atlanta for their generous donation. This will help so many people who were affected by Hurricane Maria,” said Stirling. “The donation will allow MAP International to send millions of dollars in medicines and supplies to people in dangerous living conditions, as we are continuously working with our partners on the ground on the island.”
The medical and health supplies sent are helping hospitals, clinics and mobile clinics in both Puerto Rico and in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hospitals such as the Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas and Juan Luis Hospital on St. Croix have been able to treat and support more patients due to the supplies sent by MAP International. Some of the medical supplies the organization has been able to provide are antibiotics, bronchodilators, hypertension medicines, analgesic medicine, antiseptic wipes, soap and other preventative measures.
Earlier this month, MAP’s Disaster Response Team visited the islands to evaluate what supplies were still needed and where they were needed the most. After assessing the devastation, MAP planned for additional shipments to be sent to Puerto Rico as quickly as possible. Some key partnerships that have made it possible for MAP to be effective in expanding its efforts include AirLink, Convoy of Hope, Food For The Poor, Global Rescue Relief and Resilience, International Relief Teams, LIG Global Foundation and Project Hope.
MAP International remains committed in its cause to saving lives and improving the health of people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additional supplies will continue to be an ongoing effort as needs on the islands are identified.