International Midwife Assistance, Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   107 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: PO Box 916 Boulder CO 80306 USA

Mission: International Midwife Assistance (IMA) is a nonprofit organization improving the standard of maternal and infant care in developing nations. We place midwives and other healthcare professionals in hospitals, clinics and homes to provide care. We also train midwives and other healthcare workers and deliver medical supplies, medications, and teaching aids to the supported clinics.
Geographic areas served: Africa, Asia, Carribean, Uganda, Afghanistan, Haiti
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks to IMA, I am assured of children reaching age of 5 and mothers not scared of hospital deliveries because of the quality of services offered and the care of mother given.
Waoh IMA the oasis in this desert.

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Rating: 5 stars  

IMA saves the lives of mothers and babies in Uganda by providing prenatal, birth and newborn care free of charge. Each mother and child is treated with kindness and expertise. I was an honor to visit and work in the clinic.

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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.

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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7 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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8 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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8 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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