Patricia De Martini Williams is an ISB alumnus who graduated in 1984. The daughter of an Argentine diplomat, Patricia grew up overseas and is currently the President and Founder of Global Health Services Network, an international firm that works with healthcare organizations to help them provide high quality healthcare to their communities. She has also founded the Global Health Charities.
The belief that all human beings, regardless of socio-economic status, should have the opportunity to strive for their full potential is the guiding principle that has driven Patricia De Martini Williams to found Global Health Charities (GHC). Growing up in Asia and graduating from International School Bangkok (ISB), she saw first-hand the striking discrepancies in health outcomes between wealthy and poor communities.
As President and Founder of Global Health Services Network LLC (GHSN), Ms. Williams made a commitment that she would someday create an nonprofit organization whose mission would be to enhance equitable access to healthcare education in developing and emerging countries.
That promise kept, GHC was founded in January 2014. In August 2014, Susan McAdams joined Ms. Williams as GHC’s Executive Director. Ms. Williams serves as Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, while Earl Bridges, another ISB graduate, serves as Vice Chairman of the Board. Another ISB graduate, Craig Martin, has also supported this amazing organization.
Foremost amongst GHC’s work is its Clean Birth Kit Program. There are many factors involved, but one of the main causes of high neonatal and maternal mortality is infection. GHC Clean Birth Kits contain clean birthing supplies for women and babies giving birth in under-resourced countries, many of whom deliver at home due to distance, poverty, and/or cultural norms. GHC’s Clean Birth Kits ensure that both mother and baby have a clean birth, whether birthing alone at home, at home with a traditional birth attendant (TBA), or in a clinic with a midwife or TBA.
We are quite pleased to report that during the latest ISB Network All Year reunion, ISB alumni from the 1980s gathered together and prepared 216 Clean Birth Kits for delivery to Thailand. This spirit of community service is something that ISB continuously endeavors to instill in its students, and it is heartwarming to see the support from this group of ISB graduates from the 1980s. Well done, Panthers! [For more information on GHC, please visit its website at http://www.globalhealthcharities.org/.]