Today we launch the Greater Gift Initiative. After months of planning the GGI is being rolled out in honor of the clinical trial volunteers who make the advancement of medicine possible. The GGI has big plans for the next year, beginning with the launch of our website today.
First, we are honoring the 2010 clinical trial volunteers who participated with PMG Research by donating an oral polio vaccine in conjunction with the Rotary International PolioPlus Program. The funds donated will help in covering the costs of the vaccines, and will also help defray costs associated with transportation, refrigeration, training, administration, social mobilization, and reporting to the World Health Organization. The polio vaccines will be administered in India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, or Nigeria, four countries where the disease is still endemic. Each clinical trial participant will be notified by email or postcard about their important involvement in the success of the PolioPlus Program.
Beginning in 2011, the Greater Gift Initiative will be partnering with GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations) for the delivery of the pentavalent vaccine (Pertussis, Diphtheria, HiB, Tetanus, and Hepatitis B) to 80 of the poorest countries in the world. In 2011, PMG Research participants will receive certificates by mail notifying them of this gift made in their honor.
Our ultimate goal at the Greater Gift Initiative is to have all pharmaceutical companies, Contract Research Organizations, site management organizations, independent sites, and independent Principal Investigators participate in the donation of vaccines every time a patient volunteer completes a research trial. In 2006, 1.63 million people participated in industry-sponsored clinical research in the United States. Think of the impact on world health if we could donate, in honor of each of these participants, a life-saving vaccine to a child at risk. The pharmaceutical and clinical trials industries rely on volunteers to participate in the development process of their new products. With the start of the Greater Gift Initiative, volunteers participating in clinical research advance medical science not only in the U.S., but across the globe. At the core of the Greater Gift Initiative, we are about "Volunteers Advancing Health."
-Josh Schwartz, M.D.
-Josh Schwartz, M.D.