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November 4, 2014

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November 4, 2014

International Midwife Assistance is a non profit dedicated to improving the welfare of women who live in places in the world where maternal and infant mortality is high. IMA and its partnership with other nonprofits and, most importantly the communities where IMA has served has significantly improved the health and lives of women and their families. I have volunteered as a physician with IMA in Uganda, working in the Teso Safe Motherhood Project in Soroti and their outreach clinics as well. I have seen the impact that providing skilled, compassionate care to women has had; it insures the best outcomes in their care. Imagine the statistic of 0 (yes, zero!) maternal deaths in 2013 and the significant effect it has on families and the community as a whole. And please imagine the impact providing women with family planning options has on the future of these women. I have be honored to be a board member of International Midwife Assistance.
October 27, 2014

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October 27, 2014

It has been an honor, serving as a Board member for IMA. IMA's practice of treating every woman and her family with respect and dignity is unparalleled. IMA's commitment to cultural sensitivity, education, excellent healthcare and integrity is inspiring indeed.
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visit IMA's current project, the Teso Safe Motherhood Project, in Soroti, Uganda and have seen for myself the amazing work that is happening there. Family planning, safe maternity & newborn care, continuing education and community outreach are just some of the ways IMA successfully serves the neediest families in Soroti.
October 27, 2014

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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 A... more

October 27, 2014

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.
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

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

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.

The Great!

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

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