Are donations to Partners for Pediatric Progress tax deductible?
Partners for Pediatric Progress was established under the umbrella of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Donations made payable to the Regents of the University of California are therefore fully tax-deductible. To support our efforts, please refer to https://giving.ucla.edu/Standard/OLGTesting/NetDonate.aspx?SiteNum=2752
What is the difference between the work that you’re doing, and other non-profits that send primary care physicians and surgeons to work in underserved communities abroad?
The focus of all of our projects is to “build local capacity” for our global partners. In other words, rather than just seeing patients, running clinics and operating in these settings, we’re also training local health care workers and medical faculty, who can in turn train the next generation of local physicians. Our priority is to make a sustainable impact.
How will our donations be used?
Donations are used to support the travel and in-country ground expenses for our participating physicians and nurses from the U.S., and to support international training opportunities for providers and trainees from low resource countries. All participating clinicians are participating on a volunteer basis, and our overhead is extremely low.
How will this program help address the needs of underserved children in the U.S.?
In conjunction with the Global Health Program at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Partners for Pediatric Progress is providing training experiences for U.S. medical students and residents in our partner settings.
In addition to introducing trainees to tropical diseases and biomedical problems indigenous to the partner country, trainees learn a tremendous amount about different health care systems, and the evaluation of patients with limited resources at hand, with greater reliance on the physical examination rather than advanced technology. Such experiences also promote more humanism, cultural sensitivity and a greater commitment to working with underserved populations in the U.S.
Can I volunteer to work for Partners for Pediatric Progress?
At this time we’ve only been able to recruit health care professionals (pediatricians, pediatric surgeons and pediatric nurses) to participate in our programs in sub-Saharan Africa and South America. It’s our hope that as our partnerships grow, that there will be expanded opportunities to support the health and well being of children in our partner settings. We’re so appreciative of the interest that we’ve received from those who have expressed interest in volunteering down the road.
Where does Partners for Pediatric Progress receive its support?
We’ve been very proud to be recognized by the Centers for Disease Control in Mozambique, and to receive support for our work in Mozambique from the United States Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In addition to the support from the U.S. government, we’re very grateful for the support that we’ve received from individual donors who have supported and followed our work.