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Heart to Heart International Joins with UNICEF-Haiti on Project to Promote Access to Essential Services

Pilot project “Kore Fanmi” to provide family support and develop infrastructure (link)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI/January 10, 2014 — Heart to Heart International (HHI) is excited to announce the beginning of a new, three-year $2.5-million partnership with UNICEF-Haiti that will connect thousands of families to essential services in Haiti. “Kore Fanmi” translates from Haitian Creole into “Family Support”, and is an innovative collaboration between UNICEF-Haiti, the Government of Haiti, and non-governmental organizations like Heart to Heart International.

On Thursday, January 9, 2014 in Port-au-Prince, HHI’s Haiti Country Director Christophe Rodrigue, along with HHI’s Haiti Director of Programs Josue André and HHI’s Haiti Operations Director Joshua Jakobitz, met with UNICEF-Haiti representatives Chrystian Solofo-Dimby, Chief of Social Policy, and Tara Yip-Bannicq, to finalize the agreement for year one of the new three-year partnership.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014 11:12:00 AM

BD Volunteers Serve with Heart to Heart International in Haiti

BD and Heart to Heart International Continue Ongoing Collaboration to
Help Improve Healthcare in Haiti with Third Volunteer Service Trip

Franklin Lakes, NJ and Olathe, KS (May 19, 2013) – BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE:BDX), a leading global medical technology company, and Heart to Heart International, a nonprofit humanitarian medical aid organization, are collaborating on their third joint volunteer initiative to strengthen healthcare in Haiti. A team of 14 BD employees from around the world will build upon the progress made by their colleagues in 2012. This year the volunteers will visit Haiti for three weeks to continue BD’s work with Heart to Heart to improve the country’s ability to provide community healthcare services by training lab technicians and healthcare workers, building infrastructure and  treating patients at medical clinics.

“BD’s purpose of Helping all people live healthy lives drives our ongoing commitment to Haiti’s recovery.  Our volunteers are helping rebuild and strengthen the country’s healthcare infrastructure by building upon the progress made by the first two volunteer teams.” said Vincent A. Forlenza, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, BD. “We value our collaboration with Heart to Heart because their tremendous in-country knowledge helps us optimize delivery of services and expertise sharing.”

BD volunteers and Heart to Heart International medical staff are improving existing patient care services by:

 •       training local laboratory techs and healthcare workers

 •       training local nurses on mobile laboratory tests

 •      constructing a new product depot at the volunteer center and completing plumbing and electrical work at a Heart to Heart International clinic in Leogane

 •       supporting medical outreach at clinics

 •       upgrading laboratory capabilities

 •       raising awareness about ongoing needs in Haiti

BD also assists the recovery effort by providing product donations. To date, BD has sent more than $4.1 million in product donations to Haiti. In the three years since the earthquake, Heart to Heart International has deployed nearly 1,000 medical and non-medical volunteers in Haiti, delivered medical aid worth $52 million, established more than a dozen urban and rural clinics, and continues to lead an anti-cholera campaign in the remote southeast of Haiti, all while working side-by-side with Haitians to help move the country’s health system from survivability to sustainability.

“With partners like BD, Heart to Heart is able to make more of a difference in the lives of the people we serve,” said Krystal Barr, interim Chief Executive Officer, Heart to Heart International. “Our in-country expertise, paired with BD's investment of people and resources, is having a powerfully positive impact on the healthcare capacity in Haiti.  We look forward to what the future holds for Haiti, knowing that both BD and Heart to Heart are helping people in need.”

This is the eighth BD-sponsored Volunteer Service Trip providing opportunities for its employees to improve sustainable healthcare capacity in medically underserved regions; earlier trips served regions of sub-Saharan Africa. BD and Heart to Heart have worked together since 2003, helping people in developing countries and disaster-ravaged areas, supplying and delivering specifically requested medical supplies to communities in greatest need.


About BD

BD is a leading global medical technology company that develops, manufactures and sells medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. The Company is dedicated to improving people's health throughout the world. BD is focused on improving drug delivery, enhancing the quality and speed of diagnosing infectious diseases and cancers, and advancing research, discovery and production of new drugs and vaccines. BD's capabilities are instrumental in combating many of the world's most pressing diseases. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, BD employs nearly 30,000 associates in more than 50 countries throughout the world. The Company serves healthcare institutions, life science researchers, clinical laboratories, the pharmaceutical industry and the general public. For more information, please visit www.bd.com.

About Heart to Heart International

Heart to Heart International is a non-profit humanitarian medical aid, training and disaster relief non-governmental organization (NGO) that is committed to connecting people and resources to a world in need.  Since its founding in 1992, Heart to Heart International has delivered medical aid and supplies worth more than $1 billion to more than 150 countries, including the U.S.  Heart to Heart responds to crises and natural disasters both domestically and internationally by supplying medical relief and mobilizing volunteers. Heart to Heart International broadens access to healthcare by providing continuing medical education opportunities and lab standards training around the U.S. and the globe, and works with U.S. safety-net clinics to help increase their capacity by providing medical equipment, supplies and volunteers that are vital to operations. The organization has been named to Forbes magazine's prestigious list of “America’s 200 Largest Charities” and is recognized as one of the top nonprofits in the categories of donor efficiency and charitable commitment.  For more information on its programs and ways to get involved, visit hearttoheart.org and find Heart to Heart on Facebook.


Wednesday, June 05, 2013 11:13:00 AM

Heart to Heart International Hires Chief Financial Officer

    Former Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts CFO Takes HHI Position

OLATHE, Kan./February 28, 2013 — Heart to Heart International Inc. (HHI), one of America’s leading humanitarian organizations, is pleased to announce that Bud Jeffress will fill the position of Chief Financial Officer effective Friday, March 1, 2013.

“Bud will take on not just the finance and budgeting duties, but those of HR administration for Heart to Heart,” said HHI’s Interim CEO Krystal Barr. “His audit background and expertise in improving operational performance will serve this organization well as we further strengthen our financial and operational processes.  We’re very excited to have him join the Heart to Heart family.”

Jeffress was most recently Vice President of Operations and CFO at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, the number two position at Kansas City’s newest performing arts center and civic asset.  Between 2002 and 2007, Jeffress was Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Union Station Kansas City, Inc.  In those roles, he redesigned and improved a variety of financial and operating processes to help stabilize Union Station’s operations.  Jeffress also operates his own consulting firm Arc Strategies Group.

“I am proud to have the opportunity to be part of this team and serve as the CFO of Heart to Heart International,” said Jeffress. “Heart to Heart works today in a time when its services are needed globally more and more. Continually improving and ensuring that critical aspects of its financial management and resources are in place, particularly in times of crisis, is the kind of work that challenges and energizes me.  I’m looking forward to contributing to its work improving global health, and helping the team to be sure we’re always ready and capable."

Jeffress brings a depth of knowledge and wealth of experience in non-profit finances to Heart to Heart, as the 20-year-old non-governmental organization (NGO) looks to secure its future in order to continue to deliver on its mission to connect people and resources to a world in need.



Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:00:00 AM

UPDATED: Mapping Sandy Relief Effort

Ed. Note: HHI continues to work with partners in the affected areas as part of our Phase II response to Hurricane Sandy...

(November 2012) Heart to Heart is still on-scene in Long Island, a week after Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Mid-Atlantic states.  We have been shipping Care Kits & water to several locations in both New Jersey and New York, where partners then distribute the aid to hard-hit areas.

We are also in Nassau County, Long Island with our Mobile Medical Unit.  It served as a busy ER at a Red Cross shelter at the Manhasset High School.  Most of the shelter residents came from the hardest hit areas of Long Island's Southshore: Coney Island, the Rockaways, Long Beach.  Area doctors and nurses rotated through, pulling shifts onboard the MMU, treating a number of ailments, conducting welfare checks and providing continuing medical care for those forced from their homes.

Please donate to our relief effort by:
We are still in great need of Care Kits and volunteers to assemble more 
at our Global Distribution Center.
To build a Care Kit: https://carekits.hearttoheart.org/
To Volunteer at GDC: Call 913-764-5200

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 3:08:00 PM

Bringing Relief To Sandy Evacuees

The Heart to Heart Mobile Medical Unit is currently set up just outside an evacuation shelter on Long Island, NY.  There are approximately 150 residents who have had to seek shelter here due to Superstorm Sandy and what she wrought.  This is just one shelter.  There are dozens more.

Some residents have come because the power is out across many parts of the island, knocked out by the storm which dropped numerous trees, and some are here because Sandy's surge washed them out of their homes.

So far, Heart to Heart has delivered hundreds of J&J Hygiene kits, and we are shipping thousands more, including Heart to Heart Care Kits. In fact, we are shipping everything we have!  We stockpile for just these type of disasters, but the need is great in NY and NJ.

We urgently need your help!

We need Care Kits, hand towels and volunteers to assemble more at our Global Distribution Center.

To build a Care Kit: 

To Volunteer at GDC: Call 913-764-5200

Hand Towels: Call 913-764-5200 to schedule a drop-off time.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 3:06:00 PM

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