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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support

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

Programs: Foreign grants to a non profit organization in uganda that runs a medical clinic.

Community Stories

141 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Advisor

Rating: 5

IMA continues to be an example of what immense good can be done on a shoestring budget. Its project, supporting a Ugandan health clinic serving mothers and babies, continues to grow and serve more and more of the poorest of the poor. The clinic, TSMP (https://www.tesosmp.org/), has 43 professional staff who are trained by American midwives and physician volunteers. The most current medical practices are taught, such as newborn resuscitation, scalpel-free vasectomy, and proper usage of ultrasound. It truly is a gem in an underserved area of the world. An average of 120 births a month, over 750 monthly prenatal visits, over 680 children immunized each month, and zero maternal mortality -- all on a budget that pays only one U.S. staff: the executive director who began this vision and has grown an incredible gift to the people in the Ugandan community of Soroti. Thank you, IMA, for all that you do!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

IMA has used its expertise to establish midwifery clinics in parts of the world that need it most. These clinics have then become independent and are success stories of grassroots donations being used to their utmost: helping the neediest of people. Locals are trained to deliver babies in a safe environment, under high standards. It's current clinic, Teso Safe Motherhood Project (TSMP), in Uganda, is IMA's latest shining example of donor dollars at work. The clinic staff provides services to the community including transporting laboring mothers to the clinic for safe deliveries, providing labor and delivery services and post-natal care, providing outreach programs to educate about planned parenting, educates about HIV/AIDS, provides mosquito nets as anti-malarial measures, and more. It's incredible what this clinic produces on the dollars it receives!

Jody S.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Saving lives, creating a culture of healthcare with dignity and respect and excellence, and taking every donated dollar to a maximum of service provided. IMA is a gem, an opportunity to make a profound difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping pregnant mothers bring life safely into this world is a kind way of serving God. I am proud of being part of Teso Safe Motherhood Project because the services it offers target the needy population that delivers satisfaction both to the mothers and and their families and also incorporating HIV/AIDS care services into the package given to the mothers has helped in prevention of mother to child transmission. Teso safe motherhood project has helped very many needy pregnant women in the Teso sub region to access comprehensive quality healthcare services of which they would not be able to get on their own. Kudos! International midwife Assistance and the Teso Safe Motherhood Project management and team for their great contribution towards reducing of maternal and neonatal mortality in teso sub region.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am simon apieu an employee at Teso-safemotherhood for four years now. my first one year was a year of learning most of the things in the labour suit. My colleges worked so hard to make sure i grasped the basics. The continuous education given to the unit helped more since i learnt how to care for the needy mothers who need safe delivery,which is expensive for them if they went to private clinics. i learnt from sister Jennifer how to handle patients with compassion in moments indeed. hearing a cry of a baby after birth is the most exciting momemnt not only to the midwives but also to the mother and father. it affirms a relationship and marriages beyound our immagination. this can't happen without financial assistance from Donors who have very generous hearts. We the employees and clients continue to pray to God to bless the work of your hands. Through Teso-Safemotherhood,many mothers have been assisted not only in soroti district but the neighbouring districts of Amuria,Serere,Ngora, to mention but a few. we pray Teso-Safe Continues to exist because of the good things it is doing in the societies of Teso.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

you are the best. the work you do in Teso-Subregion is good. i thank you soo much. you came at a time teso needed a relief. given the suffering the teso-women went through. maternal death were high. we thank you. i praise you guys because i had a teenage daughter who gave birth from Teso-safemotherhood clinic. she was handled well. in her delicate state, she managed to give birth normally with the help of the trianned midwives of the clinic. thank you for loving us. Godbless you.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my sister was expecting her first child and her husband prefered to send her to Teso Safemotherhood.. asking myself what is so special about Teso-Safemotherhood clinic? the husband told us its a good place with caring people and well trainned. my sister is a peasant. indeed in their vulnarable state, Teso-Safemotherhood clinic has supported them from Antenatal to delivery point. Thank you for the support IMA for you are the reason Teso-Safemotherhood is able to do all this good deeds to our people. thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Am a teenage mother, where i come from, teenage mothers are not treated well. one day i decided to go to Teso-Safemotherhood for Antental care...woow this suprised me. i thought its a dream but true it happened. the care and love these nurses give one, makes you calm and forget all the problems behind. it was my first time but since then...i have made Teso-safe my hospital because they deliver women for free,give free medication,free admissions. Thumps Up.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

if there is any project one can donate to and want to see its money work for a good cause, that is Teso Safemotherhood project. every activity is clear to the donor. there is nothing to hide at this facility.
I love you guys for accounting for every penny handed over to you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

i salute you guys for supporting Teso Safe Motherhood. the Stories in the community are of thanx to you guys. personally my Aunty gave birth from Teso-SafeMotherhood and her postive words towards Teso-Safemotherhood bring a smile to your face. thank you

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Way back we used to walk long distances to immunise our children but from the time Teso Safe motherhood opened and stationed in our village, its been so easy and accessible. The nurses are very good women other than the Main government hospital. we love it here at Teso Safe Motherhood clinic.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

my sister gave birth at Teso-Safe Motherhood. her delivery was safe. Baby and mom are doing so fine. Thank you for the support and love you show these vulnerable mothers

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When i was doing my Internship at Teso-SafeMotherhood, one thing i used to ask my self who supports the goodwork here? they give free deliveries,free medicine,free admissions, they move to villages sensitising women on Reproductive health issues, HIV/Aids,Cancer ,hygiene and what came to my ear is that IMA does all these good deeds in Teso-SubRegion Partnering with Teso-SafeMotherhood. thank you so much for the love you give to vulnarable human beings. Thanx IMA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the time IMA engaged in Teso, there has been reduced maternal death because the Staff of IMA have always been in teso to assist and educate the staff of Teso Safe Motherhood Clinic on the best practices of Midwifery and child care..my sister gave birth from Teso-Safe Motherhood clinic that was at a time Sister Jennifer was around. dear thank you for supporting and loving the vulnerable women.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

IMA has supported Teso Safe Motherhood in the purchase of the land to construct a hospital

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

For about the past year, I have been lucky enough to volunteer with IMA. Everyday it has been evident the sheer passion and dedication that IMA puts into fulfilling their mission. I truly believe that this organization is one hundred percent committed to bringing equal access to healthcare to women all over the world, regardless of where they live.

This summer I had the chance to visit the Teso Safe Motherhood Clinic in Soroti, Uganda- a partner clinic of IMA. Every person at that clinic works extremely hard helping as many mothers and babies as they possibly can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IMA is an amazing organization of kindhearted souls looking to make the world a better place. I've seen first hand the dedication and selflessness of its leaders as they work tirelessly to support the Teso Safe Motherhood clinic in Uganda through donations, training, and administrative support. I am so proud to volunteer for this organization and help, in any small way I can, to improve the health and lives of families in the Teso region of Uganda.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of volunteering with IMA. It is such an amazing organization of big-hearted people looking for a way to do good in the world. Their success in Afghanistan, Haiti, and now Uganda speaks for itself and I'm excited to see the great work they will continue to do in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

June 2019 I visited the Teso Safe Motherhood project with midwife Nel Bakker. It really impressed me to experience their professional care and to see the local staff at work, being concerned about the welfare of women during their pregnancy and delivery. I also appreciated the work of the people working in the outreach programs, in which they check pregnant women in their own towns. Well done! My wish is that Gods abundant mercy flow on your precious work for now and in the future! Wilma Stuurman, The Netherlands

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for IMA since its formation in 2004. IMA serves women and children in countries where the the maternal and infant mortality rates are among the highest. The current project in Soroti, Uganda has changed the lives of thousands of women and families by partnering with Teso Safe Motherhood project. Prenatal, birth, family planning, and health screening are provided free of charge.
One can be assured that all donations to this nonprofit goes directly into services in Uganda.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

IMA is a beacon of hope and excellence in women’s healthcare in Soroti, Uganda. With the dedicated and highly trained staff, mothers and babies are given the best and safest care during pregnancy, childbirth and the childbearing year.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with International Midwife Assistance, Inc for many years. I have volunteered with them in Uganda and in Colorado and have been immensely impressed with the quality of the work that they do. This non-profit has helped innumerable women and babies and truly raised the level of care all over the world in childbirth. I cannot recommend this non-profit highly enough, they operate with the highest level of professionalism, respect, and compassion.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with International Midwife Assistance over the past 7 years primarily through work with the Teso Safe Motherhood Project. I have been constantly impressed by the organization and amazed by the impact of their services. One thing that stands out is the focus on education of the midwives at their partner sites. They focus on empowering local providers to provide high quality care and provide them with resources for success. I think that this approach has a much more lasting and positive impact for the entire community and I support their model. I started working with IMA as a medical student and am now a physician. As I have gone through my training and returned to Uganda, I have seen great strides in the confidence and scope of care that the midwives can provide to their patients. This last visit we taught the midwives and physician how to perform obstetric ultrasound. They learned how to use the ultrasound so quickly that I had to learn even more to continue teaching them! Now they will have another tool available to provide the highest level of care to their patients. They serve women and children who otherwise have no access to safe birth, antenatal care or vaccinations and they provide evidence-based, quality care. I plan to continue to support and work with this organization in any way I can. Thank you!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

IMA delivers an amazingly huge bang for dollar donated. 94% of its expenses in 2017 were program related, according to IMA's Form 990. IMA's current project, it's birthing clinic in Uganda, educates, trains and employs locals to help their local community. U.S. volunteers and the executive director visit throughout the year to update training, provide supplies, review procedures, and ensure that the clinic continues its outstanding service. Zero maternal deaths since the clinic has opened. In an area that desperately needs medical help, this clinic called Teso Safe Motherhood Project provides prenatal care, access to safe births, community outreach and education, immunizations, bednets to avoid maleria, HIV testing, postpartum treatment, and so much more. Reading the statistics of people served in the annual newsletter shows an outstanding value of this lean organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

teso safe motherhood has helped to save many lives of mothers and babies, malaria is still a problem in our society it has made some women to have abortion or miscarriages, anemia and many other more etc. with the great work the offer in the society has put much great impact to the lives of the women and children long live IMA and test safe motherhood at large.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

through IMA
teso safe motherhood has helped many women who though access to clean and safe delivery and medicines was difficult through our poor communities which were affected by the war and still strongly to come out of poverty

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

am eyanu George is my name the services that Teso safe motherhood does are wonderful and great work to transform the lives of the mothers and babies long live international Midwives Assistance.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

IMA as a savior to many mothers and babies in less privileged communities those have less access to basic care .
and all the service given from the clinic are 100% free and even there has exchange known ledge from volunteer to the clinic
long live IMA

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with IMA for many years and the work that IMA and the Teso Safe Motherhood Project do continues to inspire me on a daily basis. In order to save the lives of mothers and babies around the world, one need only look carefully at the model of TSMP - well-trained and kind care providers offering a high-level of care one would expect in any country. The TSMP birth center is a shining light!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi,

My Name is Sharon, I visited this NGO last month. The aim of my visit was to go and see the work they are doing in Teso. I was overwhelmed with the number of teenage mothers that visited the center. It was a Wednesday, a day dedicated to the teenage mothers, I witnessed over 6 others who had bouncing babies. The nurses and doctors are very kind and well qualified. I commend Teso Safe Motherhood for the wonderful work they are doing to save lives and helping the poor community in Soroti by giving them high-quality healthcare.

4 Marion T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

International Midwife Assistance has been critical in the founding and development of Teso Safe Motherhood in Soroti, Uganda. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. The loss of a mother (and often with her the new baby) is a tragedy that affects not only the immediate family but the extended family, the village, and the country. Children who lose their mom are less educated than their peers from intact families, and are less stable and successful in their employment. Teso Safe Motherhood shows the way mothers lives can be preserved. I am a certified nurse midwife and family nurse practitioner and I have volunteered for International Midwife Assistance since 2006, in Afghanistan and Uganda. Their projects are examples of the very finest care under difficult situations. I recommend International Midwife Assistance unequivocally.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I enjoy donating around the holidyas and often let folks know I made a donation in their name. I have found friends and coworkers really receptive to this as many are tired of the "trading money" we seem to do too often with modern-day gift giving. IMA is a wonderful organization and people enjoy the newsletter and seeing the impact the donation has on the lives of moms and babies. It is easy to donate and you will receive a letter to have on hand when doing your taxes, as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am long time friend of the Woman Jennifer Braun (presently the Executive Director of IMA) and have followed her journey in starting up the non profit since it's inception. She basically fund raised the initial amount of $$ needed for the start up and reading the newsletter and stories about the Teso Safe Motherhood Project has been inspiring. What the clinic achieves and all of the accomplishments to date is a story in and of itself. Amazing work is being accomplished and the staff are the most dedicated people I have read about.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched this organization grow and work in different countries. With deep integrity and respect for the local cultures, IMA has brought education, life saving models and skills to individuals and communities. The bulk of the funding always goes to the project, with the absolute minimum going to administration. And then, the beauty of it, the projects become more and more independent as they incorporate skills that increase the survival and health of babies, mothers and families and they go on to teach others. IMA is a rare gem.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization puts your money to work, not only saving lives, but changing attitudes locally, through education, encouraging self sufficiency and self worth. IMA is thrifty and has excellent oversight. A small percentage is administration and the rest is programmatic. It's not about hand outs, the goal beyond feeding and providing lifesaving care and supplies is to teach health care providers and mothers and create locally sustainable projects that impact the health of infants, mothers and families in far reaching and intergenerational directions.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that stretches every dollar to benefit women. I personally have volunteered in the Uganda clinic and have visited the clinic in Soroti, Uganda. I’ve witnessed the babies delivered and the women who receive care at the clinic. I remain an active donor to IMA and will continue for as long as the organization remains intact. A little bit of money to this organization goes a long way. One of the things I appreciate about donating money to IMA, is being in direct email contact with the director. She lets me know what the clinic needs and how much it will cost. A little bit of money goes a long way. And I love that. It’s amazing to see how the money I donate changes and improves lives.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I continue to meet the patients, staff and international volunteers who are part of International Midwife Assistance's health work in Uganda. All speak highly about International Midwife Assistance as an organisation. I believe there is more to their gratitude...of which comes blessings to everyone who donates to International Midwife Assistance and helps it extend quality healthcare to those in need that they wouldn't have otherwise found or delivered easily.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

IMA has improved maternal child heath by increasing the number of qualified.skilled and competent midwifes to attend to birth,decreasing the number of traditional birth attendances.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

IMA has increased awareness and accessibility of family planning through conducting out reaches

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Client Served

Rating: 5

IMA has connected TSMP to KANGU which sponsors moms for safe births. This gives women in Teso- Uganda a beacon of hope

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had misconceptions about cancer screening IMA has done it all there is communiy sensitiasation and mobilisation for cancer screening

Client Served

Rating: 5

our babies are tested early for HIV, this helped me stay with hope because i would not have any baby alive

Client Served

Rating: 5

I did not know what family planning meant and i had a lot of misconceptions about this subject not until IMA started TESO safe motherhood project that this information got resolved. Now i am enjoying the benefits of family planning

Client Served

Rating: 5

I thank Teso safe motherhood project Funded by IMA for working closely with the community. Members of the community now called village health team are residents of respective villages that link community to health facility

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life would have been in a total mess. when my husband was diagnosed with kidney failure, we were struggling borrowing money for Kidney transplant while when ever other members of the family fell sick, we got attended to at TESO safe motherhood project- IMA funded project

Client Served

Rating: 5

maternal health has been improved by IMA due to an obstetrician visiting the clinic daily

Client Served

Rating: 5

IMA has made communication easy especially in emergencies we have a handset to consult obstetrician

Client Served

Rating: 5

IMA has availed basic laboratory routine tests for mothers in teso

Client Served

Rating: 5

ima has provided transport for reaching out to distant areas in teso, providing prenatal,family planning,lab services

Client Served

Rating: 5

IMA has enabled mothers from disadvantaged areas in teso to reach health facility through Bajaj programme which has reduced complications during labour

Client Served

Rating: 5

IMA has created good environment for work, orange and mango trees are planted at the compound and we are eating. These trees have helped modify the climate around

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very happy for IMA it has enabled babies with low birth weight, hypothermia by providing warmth and encouraging breast feeding through on organisation called Embrace

Client Served

Rating: 5

Most of the health facilities in Uganda are found in the urban area, so we who stay in the rural are disadvantaged, so i appreciate IMA for supporting Teso safe motherhood project to reach us by outreach programes

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very happy about the love that IMA has shown to us in Africa. Even when we were in the camps internally displaced and insurgency was on going IMA did not withdraw its assistance to us. Bravo IMA!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We thank Teso safe motherhood project for accepting to serve us the adolescents. we as teenagers accidentally get unwanted pregnancies and because of stigma we used to opt for unsafe abortions that claimed our lives. Now IMA funded Teso safe mother hood project is our hope

Client Served

Rating: 5

Water is life. We thank IMA for donating to Teso safe motherhood project with TIVA water containers that filter water that we drink as clients at the health facility

Client Served

Rating: 5

Most of us are sick because of lack of Knowledge. Also the bible says my people die because of lack of understanding. Also prevention is better than cure. IMA through Teso safe motherhood project is embarking on empowering us with health information.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are very grateful to IMA for the various equipment that it donated to Teso safe motherhood project and soroti hospital. We are glad. God bless you

Client Served

Rating: 5

Malaria is one of the killers in Africa. I am impressed with Teso safe motherhood project Funded by IMA for their generosity in providing mosquito nets to pregnant mothers to take home and in the health facility we do sleep under mosquito nets as well

Client Served

Rating: 5

Is may be unusual for other to here that in other parts of the world patients are harassed, but in Teso safe motherhood we the clients are treated like guests. we thank IMA for supporting this facility

Client Served

Rating: 5

Teso safe motherhood project is funded by IMA. i am happy about the health worker patient ratio. A patient is on average attended to by 3 health workers. In other places this is not the case

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very happy with IMA. I have attended health care services at many health facilities here at home but its only at Teso safe motherhood project that the bed capacity is enough. No patient sleeps on the floor. This was possible because of funding from IMA

Client Served

Rating: 5

Teso safe motherhood project funded by IMA supports the poor, helpless, needy, hopeless to have safe deliveries

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am excited and amazed about the charity of IMA because it has helped supplement government effort in Uganda to extend health services to the rual areas where most persons are uncomfortable serving.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I appreciate how IMA operate because it doesn't segregate people in terms of race, religion or any other means of stratification. It is rather basing its services on the NEEDS!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I thank IMA because it absorbs the most experienced retired experts to be close to the new lots of staff recruited at work in Teso safe motherhood project which has provided "living libraries" for reference.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I thank IMA for the partnership it created with other organisations which led Teso safe motherhood project staff receive free training on various aspects of health. This has boosted our skills in management of clients

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.