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March 23, 2011

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March 23, 2011

Talk about an organization that is changing the world and saving lives! IMA is a standout among NGOs. They are nimble, efficient, effective, and unbelievably valuable to some of the poorest people on this planet.

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

Not personal for me...I'm not the constituency

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

Get a grant to give everyone a raise!

June 8, 2010

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June 8, 2010

It was indeed a priveledge to have been a volunteer of the Teso Safe Motherhood Project, in Soroti, Uganda for 2 months at the end of 2008. I was to oversee this very well run clinic, with its very dedicated, and competent team of 15 Ugandan employees. We delivered professional health care to hundreds of Internally Displaced Persons in the IDP camps, and outlying areas where Malaria, and all nature of other illnesses are rampant. Mostly, though, the clinic gave excellent and a safe birthing experience to the women. My job, also included a project to establish an immunization program for the women and the children of this area. It was most rewarding to work as part of the team to deliver this preventive service. The clinic now provides Medical treatment, prenatal care, 24 hour safe birth experience, testing and treatment for malaria and HIV, disease amd prevention councelling,food distibution, and a pharmacy. Over 30,370 patients were seen in 2009, more than 1/2 were children. It was indeed rewarding to have been part of this worthwhile and sustainable cause.

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

Keeping in touch with some staff, and the director, and to return for another 2 months, end of 2010.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to supply more resources to make the work more efficient.....ie. a new van for outreach work. Perhaps an Advertising DVD would be useful for fundraising....and Canadian registration for donations.....if possible

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

The remarkable staff who are welcoming, efficient, dedicated and competent. Satisfacion of providing a much needed preventive service to very needy people

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

wonderfully dedicated, competent, and reliable

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

be able to provide competent professional care to many more thousands of Internally Displaced persons throughout Uganda, and perhaps beyond. In this day and age when it is so important to support pregnant women and children, this organization should win

Ways to make it better...

I had allowed myself more time to learn about the culture, and ways to generally improve the health care system.

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

the need for more funding in this economy.

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

This is not a bandage non-profit. It has the potential to be a sustainable service, run by the local people, for the local people, and although well on its way to this, need ongoing support. It is needed to help those rebuild their lives

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

I've watched the organization for many years and have been very impressed with its effectiveness on-the-ground. Recently I had a chance to interact closely with the board, facilitating their annual retreat. I now have an even deeper appreciation for this effective, action-oriented organization. IT has a very solid foundation built on the on-the-ground results of its powerhouse founder and small circle of committed early adopters. The current Board is smart, committed and serious about taking this maturing organization to the next level of effectiveness and impact. I believe they are up to the task!

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

Interacting directly with the board by facilitating its annual retreat and helping it to set strategic goals for the next 6 months.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

The very simple fact is that this charity saves many, many lives yearly. Once a week the entire staff (minus the midwife who stays behind) travels to do outreach in areas where the displaced people are waiting in the hundreds to obtain aid. This team of medical workers take laboratory specialists and pharmacy supplies in order to fully be able to address the needs of the very ill. Often, upon arrival, my first thought was (and I heard this echoed by the other staff) "if we hadn't come today that child (man, woman) would have died." The daily operations also include the giving of food and counseling, which is so crucial in Uganda. The treatment and testing of Malaria and the open doors for laboring women at any time of day or night means many people can obtain help without having to worry about the expense and dirty conditions of local hospitals. The only thing missing for this clinic is reliable transportation and the ability to obtain certain medications - both of which would help more lives be saved.

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

seeing how midwives are so important to their community, especially when teamed with a doctor and laboratory/pharmacy.

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

how incredibly organized and well thought out the entire structure of the organization is - the board members really care.

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

Medical workers and volunteers from other parts of the world. All incredibly kind people.

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

populate the empty clinics that are in places where the displaced people of uganda need them the most. It would have emergency vehicles for transportation (always important, especially with birthing women) and it would educate a population.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

IMA is a non-profit that focuses on increasing the number of women and babies that survive childbirth. We are flexible and small, adjusting what we provide dependent upon the needs of the community we are serving. By increasing the number of qualified birth attendants as well as improving access to these attendants, fewer women will die from preventable causes. IMA teaches a model of respectful and compassionate care for all patients.

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

the number of midwives trained in Afghanistan and the number of patients served in Uganda. The kind and compassionate care that IMA-trained and supported midwives provide, sends a strong message that women are valued.

Ways to make it better...

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

find an organization to fund the general medical clinic at Teso Safe Motherhood Project, find a grant writer to work with the staff at TSMP to submit grant applications on its behalf as a Ugandan ngo, and find ways to increase name recognition of IMA.

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

the opportunity to feel connected with women in Afghanistan and Uganda by supporting their study and work.

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

lovely, full of integrity and extremely hard-working.

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

train so, so many midwives and save so many lives. AND fill the world with the model of kind, respectful and compassionate care for mothers and babies.

Ways to make it better...

IMA had more sources of funding and was able to expand its programs.

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

Increasing the number of people who know IMA and the great work that IMA is doing.

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

I know that when I donate money to IMA it goes directly to supporting women and children wherever IMA is working.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

I have been involved with IMA since its birth in one fashion or another. I am a nurse midwife and recognize the vital importance of skilled persons assisting women and children throughout their lifespan, particularly in places where the odds are not in favor of survival during childbirth or the first 5 years of life. IMA provides lifesaving asistance to families and communities with the greatest need. IMA is committed to helping communties find sustainable ways of helping themselves. I truly admire this organization and hope to one day work as a midwife on the ground!

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

IMA is dedicated to helping women, children and families survive dire circumstances. Where women and children suffer greatly IMA is there providing assistance on the ground. The majority of the money goes directly to the people. Results are transparent.

Ways to make it better...

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

Garner more funding to expand the program and conduct research on impact.

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

Seeing how IMA has grown and developed and how human beings have been helped and their lives better because of IMA.

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

Dedicated, progressive and most of all compassionate.

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

Save a whole lot of lives and better the lives of many women and children, thus bettering the lives of their whole communities.

Ways to make it better...

IMA had more funding to operate to the fullest extent of their vision.

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

Absolutely funding!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

This is a non-profit that recognizes and helps in places where childbirth can be a life and death matter all of the time. What I love about this organization is that it works to provide a skilled birth attendant/midwife to women who do not have access to this due to socioeconomic and political circumstances. The organization accomplishes this in ways tailored to the location where it is working. Examples include: a project in Afghanistan that trained midwives who then returned to rural areas to practice and a project in Uganda where financial support and oversight provide a birth center and clinic. Notably in Uganda International Midwife Assistance has provided a model of care where clinical services are provided by an all Ugandan staff with a caring and compassionate approach.

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

The sheer numbers of women and children that the organization has helped -- in Afghanistan training midwives and in Uganda, providing prenatal care, a safe place to give birth, and basic clinical services with an all Ugandan staff.

Ways to make it better...

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

Get more publicity! The message and mission of this organization are working to prevent women and children from dying from preventable causes.It needs more help to make sure all women have a trained attendant available in childbirth!

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

Learning about the countries where it has provided assistance. Knowing that there are more trained midwives in Afghanistan and Uganda that are able to help people in their communities because they have received support.

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

Amazing.

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

Train a whole lot of midwives throughout the world.

Ways to make it better...

I could have traveled to Uganda as well. I hope to someday.

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

Enough funding and publicity to make the organization bigger and stronger.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

IMA has quietly implemented programs which have a lasting impact on women and their children. Thousands of babies in Uganda and Afghanistan have been born with the presence of local skilled attendant due to IMA's training and technical support. Many small NGOs will overlook governance and ethics in the desire to get the mission done. IMA has integrated both into its program delivery with success.

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

I visited the Ministry of Health in Afghanistan and women in Kabul, Paghman, and Bamiyan and saw IMA staff's listening, research, and commitment to respond to and address the community's needs.

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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

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

The Ugandan clinic called Teso Safe Motherhood Project (TSMP) funded by IMA is comprised of a very special staff. I have been working with them for the past month and continue to be deeply impressed with the functionality and integrity of this particular group. From administration to cleaning staff to medical staff, everyone really has a commitment to serving the poorest of the poor in the community and they do it as a team. This culture of service brings this group together and I can say that they make very good use of the resources available.

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

the capacity of volunteer

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

International Midwife Assistance runs a health clinic and maternity clinic in Soroti, Uganda for Internally Displaced Persons. I went there in March '10 to film what IMA does for these people on a daily basis. My life was changed forever as I witnessed such grief and such kindness. There are so many people sick with malaria, HIV, malnutrition,etc, and they have no one but TSMP to help them---FOR FREE!! The staff at TSMP is so very kind, gentle caring and loving. They touched my heart!!!

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

Soroti, Uganda

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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

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