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July 27, 2012

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June 2, 2010

International Midwife Assistance performs many valuable services, but I want to focus on the work I did in Afghanistan and some feedback I received later on. IMA worked with a midwifery training progr... more

July 27, 2012

I am a volunteer for IMA and also a health professional with expertise in midwifery and family planning. As a volunteer, I have had the opportunity to share the work of helping women give birth safely with the dynamic group of African professionals who staff Teso Safe Motherhood Project. Working inter-culturally like this has been valuable to me in learning to understand myself and my own culture. In turn I have taught, both at Teso Safe Motherhood Center and at Soroti Regional Referral Hospital, consulted on many issues including the development of the project's family planning program, and worked with contacts at the hospital to get information on the outcomes of our transports in order to compile useful statistics on our births. These are only three of the things that I have found challenging, engrossing, and useful to do. I am also slowly coming to understand more of the intricacies of the local culture. Fascinating. I love learning from a culture which is quite different (and yet in many respects very similar) to my own.

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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

June 2, 2010

International Midwife Assistance performs many valuable services, but I want to focus on the work I did in Afghanistan and some feedback I received later on. IMA worked with a midwifery training program in Bamiyan province, Afghanistan, where the infracture and medical services had been devastated by the first Taliban war. Bamiyan is one of the Hazara provinces, and the Taliban were particularly brutal there. This is the province where the giant Buddhas which were sculpted into grottoes in a cliff in ancient days were destroyed. I came in at the end of the midwifery training program to provide advanced IUD insertion workshops to midwives working in remote health centers. In the summer of 2009, the Afghan woman (she is a Hazara) who was our interpreter in Bamiyan had a chance to visit me in the United States. She had recently been to Bamiyan, and told me that the midwife nurses who were trained by IMA and their in-country partners were giving the best women's and children's health care the area had ever had. She especially praised the culturally appropriate nature of their care, as they are women from the same culture and ethnicity as the women they serve.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Personally, I have the opportunities to work in Afghanistan and Uganda, which has been very culturally enriching to me.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I would like to do is make changes in the world, to stop the war in Afghanistan so IMA can get back in there and do the further work which has been requested of us. The highest death rates of mothers are in countries at war.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I experience personal growth when I get a chance to travel and to work in other cultures.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Many interesting people, hard working and dedicated, also different culturally from me.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Do even more great work. The need for medical care in Africa care is extreme. However, it is often case that "money corrupts".

Ways to make it better...

I could afford a first class ticket so I could kick back a bit when travelling so far away. It's exhausting and literally a pain in the butt.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Financial support, and getting people interested in other cultures.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thanks to my friends in Afghanistan and Uganda who have made my work in those countries a joy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 26, 2012

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July 26, 2012

When I worked with IMA as a volunteer in the Soroti, Uganda clinic, I was able to see firsthand how the organization’s work is positively transforming lives. The clinic sees hundreds of patients each day for free. It provides quality care for pregnant mothers, children who are sick with diseases like malaria or typhoid, women who want family planning services, and people who need HIV counseling and testing. Most importantly, it provides a safe and clean medical facility for women to deliver their babies with a trained midwife. Each day they are saving lives of women and children who would have no other way to access treatment. I talked with so many of the patients in the clinic, mostly women who subsistence farmed to feed their large families. Their lives were very difficult and they continued to tell me that IMA’s free medical care was saving their children’s’ lives.

Each day, I was impressed by the passionate Ugandan staff and the knowledge and professionalism they used when treating the poorest of the poor in their own community. IMA provides funds for many of the midwives and nurses’ training and it also brings in volunteer doctors and midwives from the US to complement and further that training. The result of IMA’s work is truly inspiring. The Ugandan staff is providing quality care and continues to expand the programs and the reach of the clinic because they understand the community’s needs and know how to accomplish big projects. One example I saw was the expansion of the family planning program, driven by two midwives with great ideas and passion, who used a creative skit to teach local villages about the subject. They understood the best way to teach their community, and with IMA’s support, they created a project and implemented it.

Not only is IMA providing quality care to a community in need, they are doing so in a way that empowers local citizens and educates the entire community. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to work with IMA as a medical student and I believe my experience will make me a more compassionate and aware physician. It has opened my perspective of the world and given me a shining example of how an organization that carefully designs and implements its projects with a grassroots focus can have a profound impact.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 26, 2012

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July 26, 2012

I have been a donor for this organization for six years. I loyally support them because I am confident in the quality of their work. IMA is dedicated to finding real, sustainable solutions to problems. They consult with local community members to really hear their needs before deciding on a solution to a problem. They engage the local community to take ownership in solving their problems. This model is very respectful of a community and creates a work model that is highly flexible. I have been very impressed with IMA.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 26, 2012

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July 26, 2012

Over the past 8 months, I have been interning with International Midwife Assistance (IMA). Specifically, I wrote a report that analyzes health data from their clinic in Uganda and the effectiveness of IMA's programs. IMA has a big impact on women and children in the Soroti area. The number of births at the clinic increases each year, as do services offered. One of IMA's strengths is the organizations ability to successfully scale up and introduce new programs, without compromising quality of care. Additionally, IMA is trusted within the community, making their clinic extremely popular. IMA earned this trust by providing high quality care, as well as treating each patient with respect and dignity. Interning with IMA has been a very beneficial experience professionally and personally. Having worked for other health/development nonprofits, I believe that IMA does things the right way. The organization exists to help women and children in Uganda live a healthier and happier life, I can say with confidence that IMA is succeeding.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

Some

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

July 25, 2012

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July 25, 2012

IMA a charitable organization (serving the poor)
Charity is rare among many but it’s amazing that IMA bears all the qualities of charity!
At Teso Safe Motherhood Project (TSMP) – where the poor run to for the basic need of life health, they get everything they need for their health to the
scope of the unit. They receive health talks, counseling and testing for HIV, antenatal care, clean and safe delivery, postnatal care, prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV family planning, Immunization, food, mosquito nets, baby towels, caps , doles for children, free referral services by ambulance, the needy in hard to reach areas are helped on outreach program weekly. IMA meets all those bills.
NB: Because of the above the needy never wish to be even referred elsewhere- some cry.
The staff at TSMP is motivated by IMA in many aspects in order to make sure its dream comes true.
1. Staff receives their gross salary free of taxation (IMA) pays the taxes to the government.
2. Staff receives their salaries promptly 25th or earlier each month.
3. Support supervision with mentorship by the IMA volunteers.
4. Staff gets supplies of all they need to deliver quality care to the patient. These are things that are lacking in our area, TSMP is unusual.
I praise the work IMA does as Angels of mercy/ shield for the poor/ mother of destitute/chance for the poor to smile and laugh/surrogate and…………………….
I work with TSMP as a comprehensive nurse

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

patients are treated with compassion services are100% free of charge staff get mentor ship by us volunteers IMA(donor) paying taxes for employees

July 24, 2012

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1 previous review
May 30, 2010

I worked with International Midwife Assistance in their clinic in Uganda. I have been witness to their work for many years now and never cease to be amazed by the impact they have on our community. A... more

July 24, 2012

I have worked with IMA since 2007 as a volunteer. They are without a doubt one of the most honest and hardworking non-profits i have ever had the pleasure of working with. They focus on creating sufficiency in the communities that they seek to help and are making a tremendous difference in countless peoples lives. Every time I have been to their clinic in Uganda I am struck by how much of an actual impact they are making and how much the local people there love them. I am proud to have been able to work with this group and look forward to being able to do so again.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 30, 2010

I worked with International Midwife Assistance in their clinic in Uganda. I have been witness to their work for many years now and never cease to be amazed by the impact they have on our community. Although they are a relatively small group, they have changed innumerable lives and I am certain they will continue to do so. In working with the group side-by-side I was struck by their dedication to improving the lives of those they serve. I believe theirs is a beautiful project that will continue to grow and in doing so they will continue to change the world.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my trips to Uganda. I worked with IMA during the summers for the past three years and personally witnessed the people personally impacted by their work. They have truly made an impact on both Uganda and the world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There would be nothing I would change except for them to have more funding. I think with more funding they would be able to do even more than they already do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the impact that they have had on the community. The tireless way that they work to constantly improve and grow so that they can better serve the people in need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very intelligent and qualified. I met several different types and noticed that they were united in their dedication to excellence. They were varied in personality and training but they all wanted to help to improve the lives of those around them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world. With that much money, this project could help to eliminate the problems regarding child maternal health. They could reach many more people in their efforts and have many more resources.

Ways to make it better...

there had been more funding for this non-profit. It is a beautiful program that is in need of more funding because if they had it they would be able to expand in incredible ways.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the lack of funds in this present economy. They are having trouble in maintaining their previous budget because of the lessening of charity donations.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is an amazing non-profit that would really benefit from receiving extra funds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 24, 2012

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July 24, 2012

I volunteered with IMA during their gala event, and I was sincerely impressed with their professionalism and dedication to raise the standard of maternal and infant care in developing nations and areas experiencing crises in maternal and infant care. They are truly making a difference around the world.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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

Some

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

July 24, 2012

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1 previous review
May 31, 2010

IMA serves women where maternal and infant mortalility rates are amongst the highest in the world. This organization has trained midwives in Afghanistan and is currently supporting a maternity clinic... more

July 24, 2012

IMA provides aid in areas that other groups do not go, supporting women and children with vital medicines and vaccinations and also helping train local midwives. I participated in the first trip to Afghanistan in 2004. Basic medicines and basic sanitary needs were much needed and provided by this first mission. IMA went on to help train Afghan women to be midwives in their villages. This was a much needed service in a country who tops the charts as one of the worst maternal and infant mortality rates in the world.

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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

May 31, 2010

IMA serves women where maternal and infant mortalility rates are amongst the highest in the world. This organization has trained midwives in Afghanistan and is currently supporting a maternity clinic in Uganda. The work that IMA has done has made a huge impact in areas where maternal and basic health services are non-existent or severely underserved.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Afghanistan assisting in midwife training and providing assistance with medical supplies and attending births at maternity hospitals in Kabul.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 24, 2012

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July 24, 2012

I am a midwife who lives and works in central Texas. I have a very blessed life. For some time, I have felt compelled to find a meaningful way to have an impact on improving the health of vulnerable populations. I found IMA doing a websearch and met with the director, Jennifer Braun, about the ongoing work at Teso Safe Motherhood Project in Uganda. I was impressed with the mission and scope of the project and volunteered there for the first time last summer. I have just returned from another volunteer venture this summer. IMA has very little overhead, unlike some other NGOs. Every dollar received has a direct impact in supporting the project and this underserved population in rural eastern Uganda. The clinic staff there is dedicated and work long, hard hours in less than ideal circumstances without complaint; yet, they are happy to do so. The patient population has endured incredible hardships and are grateful beyond description for the services they receive. IMA rocks!

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

July 24, 2012

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1 previous review
May 29, 2010

I love the integrity of this organization. I love how the funding is applied to the projects, with a minimum going into administration and the bulk providing direct care. I love the hands on careful... more

July 24, 2012

IMA provides me with an opportunity to help a profoundly underserved population caught in the crosshairs and previously unable to get much needed assistance. International Midwife Assistance maximizes donations to provide food, healthcare, jobs and education to women, children and families. The clinic provides a paradigm of integrity, honesty and respect to people who have experienced a breakdown in their cultures. IMA provides health care and healing on individual and community levels, allowing a new generation to move forward with self respect and a vision of possibility for the future. i know that every dollar I donate will make a difference, lives will be saved, local health care providers will be educated allowing for ripples of healing further and further out into the community. Also, I love that the ultimate goal is self sufficiency for the clinic.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 29, 2010

I love the integrity of this organization. I love how the funding is applied to the projects, with a minimum going into administration and the bulk providing direct care. I love the hands on careful management of the projects. IMA provides medicine, health care, food and jobs. But perhaps more importantly, IMA looks to provide projects which are a fit for the cultures in which they are located. And most importantly, IMA looks for exit strategies by which the local people can take over and function independently. These charitable dollars have far reaching effects. I hope to see the financial base secured, perhaps by endowments or more permanent funding structures.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the works of my teenager who had an opportunity to volunteer in Soroti. Her photos and presentations inspired her classmates and teens in her larger local community to think more broadly about their roles in making the world a better place for others.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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