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July 22, 2012

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July 22, 2012

I'm a medical student and volunteered for two months at our Soroti clinic. The time was so rewarding and challenging. I felt the infrastructure of the clinic was superb and support from IMA was always available. Every day i was able to witness the large population that we served through antenatal, maternity, pediatric, HIV testing and counseling and family planning care. The community has greatly benefited from IMA's presence. I wouldn't hesitate to return to our clinic in a couple of years to volunteer once 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

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

International Midwife Assistance saves lives in the most essential way - ensuring that local women are trained as midwives to be able to prevent maternal and infant death during the birth process. IMA works in the world's poorest countries providing support that simply wouldn't be there without their help. Most importantly, IMA's primary service is to build local capacity ensuring that the work will continue and even expand in the years to come.

Most of the money that I donate in a year goes towards IMA. Jennifer Braun delivered my baby and I want to ensure that the world's most disadvantaged women are able to give birth safely.

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reading newsletters

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

expand their services to more women in other countries.

March 28, 2011

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March 28, 2011

International Midwife Assistance is incredibly effective. IMA focuses on the project on the ground. Most all the resources go to supporting the clinic in Uganda and how to do the job better and better. The work is very direct, support moves quickly from the donors to the very needy people who are served. Also, participation by the locals in management of the project is critical. The people express their needs and priorities rather than being told by the organization what they need. Local buy-in makes the difference, the projects are shaped by the communities they serve, so that real sustainable change happens. Many women's lives are saved, and many women gain control of their fertility, through IMA's work.

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I've seen direct results from this organization in newly trained midwives in Afghanistan and a fantastic birth center in Uganda.

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I would love the world to see the concrete, tangible changes this organization is making with needy communities, so that more people would become donors.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I worked for IMA during 2005 and 2006, in both Afghanistan and Uganda. In Afghanistan IMA was involved in teaching midwifery students who were recommended by their various villages in Bamiyan Province. The midwifery model of care is all about empowering the pregnant woman and her family to make healthy choices. In Afghanistan, training young women to work outside of their homes was also empowering for our midwifery students as well. The 22 midwives who graduated from the program are an outstanding example of empowerment for other women and particularly for younger women. In Uganda the IMA cllinic and birthing center also uses the midwifery model of care and empowers women to make healthier decisions concerning pregnancy, birth and child spacing. IMA is professionally managed by women and for women.

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The graduation of the 22 midwife students in Afghanistan was amazing and encouraging. It was a rare example of an American NGO accomplishing their promises to the Afghan people.

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

Try to find a way to work in both Afghanistan and Uganda. There must be an organization somewhere who would back IMA in Afghanistan.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I participated in training a class of twenty-two midwifery students in Bamiyan, Afghanistan, in May-June of 2005. This involved teaching students in a classroom and in an women's outpatient clinic located at the Bamiyan Hospital.
Students were taught to assess and treat women for
problems ranging from pelvic infections to postpartum hemorrhage. They were instructed in prenatal and postpartum care of women and how to handle normal deliveries as well as identify women who would need specialized care for complicated pregnancies.
These skills are needed desperately in Afghanistan as the majority of its educated population has left the country and few, if any, skilled medical providers are available. Bamiyan is very isolated and yet serves as somewhat of a center for a scattered population of many thousands. The majority of women deliver at home with no care and often suffer complications and death. This class of midwives, the first since the Taliban had been pushed back, were to return to their individual villages to provide much needed care and education.
IMA had to leave Bamiyan in 2008 as the Taliban was making a major resurgence at this time.

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I am still in contact with one of the midwives I worked with in Bamiyan. We discuss issues she is now facing in her practice in Kabul and this woman has visited the United States twice since IMA's contact in Afghanistan. Her dream is to study one day in this country and return with even more knowledge and skills. My dream is to one day again return to Bamiyan to continue the work IMA began.

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I support the current aims of IMA; to provide knowledge and skills to the people who will then perpetuate these amongst their own staff and providers.

March 25, 2011

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March 25, 2011

I have a family member who goes to Africa to perform hands on.work to help these poor women in need. My understanding is;( their success rate is growing.) Herbert

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

Find a way to get more financing.

March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

IMA's commitment to the poorest and most disenfranchised people of Northern Uganda has saved lives and brought hope to thousands of individuals and families. The Teso Safe Motherhood Project provides a model for ethical, honest delivery of care, where all staff are learning that there is a way to conduct "business" with full accountability. The staff know that they have the opportunity, because of IMA, to provide excellent health care to their fellow Ugandans in an environment of true caring for both the patients and the staff. IMA has been on the cutting edge of providing continuing education for the clinic staff, building capacity of health care providers, finance officer and community outreach providers.

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I recruited IMA to Uganda and was thrilled when IMA found the clinic to fit their mission. What has blossomed in the ensuing years is beyond my imagination in the scope and breadth of care delivery to the poorest Ugandans.

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The only thing I would desire would be a source of unlimited funding for IMAs work!

March 24, 2011

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March 24, 2011

Having worked for sometime and continue to hear reports of IMAs lifechanging partnership with the Teso Safemotherhood Project in Soroti, am honored to write a review for IMA and how it has impacted on the lives of women in Soroti. I specifically would like to testify of a woman whom I escorted to the TSMP clinic in Soroti. She lived with me in Amuria village. Prior to our visit to the clinic, the woman had lost hope after going to several clinics in and around our town for care. She had sold off so much of the food stuff to pay for treatment., but was not realising any remarkable improvement in her health. I am writing this on the behalf of the woman as well., that since she was diagnosed with a PID and ever since getting drugs and advice from the clinic free, she has improved considerably. She can now go to the garden, and care for her 3 children. She has hope again, and wishes to convey her heartfelt thanks to IMA, and for the Teso Safemotherhood Project.

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Yes, I testify upon hill tops of the good that IMA and the TSMP has brought to women and children in Uganda

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wish that it doesnot remain as just a project that will end, but as a lasting program: probably have its name transformed to Teso Safe Motherhood Program

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

IMA is a terrific organization that helps women in need - often in dire circumstances without hope of other trained medical assistance. The IMA midwives, staff and volunteers consistently put themselves in harms way for the safety and well-being of women and their babies. It's awesome!

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no changes

March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

I have known of this group for many years. The work they do with women ... years ago in Afghanistan, now in Uganda and Haiti is good work: teaching women to care well for themselves while being helped by professionals...taking care of the children under difficult circumstances ...and much much more.
The group's clarity of their mission is sincere and worthy of much wider recognition and support. I hope you will consider them for the award.
Thank you.

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Boulder CO

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Was your donation impactful?

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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

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I know the people of this group;They are wonderful!!!

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Because it is good to have this group working where and how they do

What would you tell others about this organization?

Give more, find out more... it is a very good organization.Very worthy of more support!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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