FOUNDATION FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL RELIEF OF CHILDREN

Rating: 4.75 stars   4 reviews

Issues: Health, Philanthropy

Location: 1518 Walnut Street Ste. 1504 Philadelphia PA 19102 USA

Mission: FIMRC''s foremost goal is to establish clinics in underserved areas. FIMRC works to create a facility that can serve as a center for healthcare administration to the children in that community, and as a base for health education programs that serve to improve basic knowledge about the normal functioning body and about common diseases endemic in that population. Prior to the construction of a clinic, FIMRC mandates that a member of our Project Development Team visit the proposed site and conduct a population survey and health assessment. Follow-up visits subsequent to project initiation are also required to ensure proper use of our resources, and ultimately to monitor the clinic''s success. As continuity of care is a priority, a basic charting system exists in each clinic and serves to document the care each child receives over time. FIMRC directly influences the health of children by encouraging and supporting individuals and groups who desire to travel to medically underserved areas of the world. FIMRC believes that better health is best achieved by direct care to those who can least access it. FIMRC organizes trips for volunteers to our clinics on an ongoing basis in an effort to supplement the care being delivered by local professionals. Medical volunteers work together to do physicals and deliver acute care as necessary. Non-medical volunteers assist with translating, administration, and a variety of other tasks. FIMRC also encourages future health leaders to become involved in our purpose by recognizing their achievements. Students may start a FIMRC chapter and participate in local community service activities as well as visit a FIMRC clinic so that they may experience firsthand the goal of healthier children worldwide, or the end result of FIMRC''s vision.
Programs: FIMRC currently operates projects in El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Paraguay, India, and Uganda, providing medical care to children from underserved regions of the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have gone to El Salvador and Costa Rica, and they were both great experiences. In Costa Rica, I was able to evaluate a community's living conditions and observe the doctor. In El Salvador, we gave a presentation to students in a little community about the value of vitamins. We also did eye checks in the local school. The organization also did a very good job of making sure that the group I was with had activities to do when we weren't helping out in the clinic. I can't wait to go to Central America again this Spring Break

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to El Salvador last spring break on a mission with FIMRC and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I'm a pre-med student, so to be able to not only travel and experience a new culture, but also to help out actively with the health of the community was an amazing experience. We did so much in so little time: conduct vision checks at a local school, go on house calls, create a vitamin campaign for children that were malnourished due to mud slides that cut off the community, help out with world’s first non-monetary model of health insurance, etc. We were there to work, but FIMRC made sure we had opportunities to explore the country too. We were able to hike up a beautiful volcano, see Mayan ruins, and spend an afternoon at a lake. Highly recommend! Heading on another FIMRC trip this year.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have spent my last two spring breaks traveling with FIMRC to Nicaragua and El Salvador. I must say that FIMRC offers one of the most unique and flexible travel schedules for college students. They make every effort to accommodate their volunteers! My experiences at both FIMRC locations were wonderful! I was able to gain extensive knowledge about the healthcare systems in both countries, and was able to interact with people in the local community on a daily basis. FIMRC was also able to incorporate other fun activities into the trips as well and offered volunteers the opportunity to visit local markets, restaurants, and other tourist locations. I would recommend traveling with FIMRC to anyone interested in serving others while having a great time!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

I traveled to Alajuelita Costa Rica with members of my university's (UNC Chapel HIll) FIMRC chapter for 1 week in March 2012. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life, from working in the clinic to spending time with the children in the community. My homestay family was wonderful, and I really enjoyed the challenge of having to use spanish all the time when at home. I recommend this program, especially if you are interested in a medical or public health related career! Because it is a little costly (About $2000 for the week for both flight and trip fees) I highly recommend planning ahead to fundraise for your travels.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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