Mission: To fund programs that specialize in health, saving lives in times of crisis and helping rebuild shattered health services.
Results: In 2011 Merlin offered direct health care services to over 10 million people in 16 countries.
Target demographics: Merlin offers health care to all. We prioritize children & mothers, and then women, the elderly and the disabled.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 10 million people
Geographic areas served: Africa, the Middle East, south east Asia & Haiti
Programs: Having applied for public charity status in 1999 and been granted that status by the irs in 2004, merlin usa established a physical office and presence in the district of columbia in august 2008. During the 2008 and 2009, the organization began laying the groundwork for its future work. During 2011-2012, merlin usa significantly expanded its capacities to carry out its mission for fundraising, and building larger and wider spread networks, for further long term funding in the most cost-effective manner possible. Merlin usa's exempt purpose achievements fall under one program, and that program has one main component - to raise private funds for merlin's programs around the world. To raise income, merlin usa aims to raise awareness through educating of the us general public, educate the us philanthropic community and promote dialogue with policy makers about global health issues. Through this fuller understanding, merlin usa hopes to gain further financial, long term support.
As a research student at UCLA, I recently visited Liberia (March/April 2011) and was able to see first hand, the extensive and sustained relief work being carried out by Merlin. Merlin has been in Liberia since 1997 and has stayed through the harrowing civil war helping save thousands of lives.
Liberia still has one of the worst health indicators in the world and very high maternal & infant mortality rates. Merlin is focussed on providing basic health services across the counties and also manages and runs hospitals providing free health care.
In my interactions with the Merlin field staff, I found them to very professional, focussed and committed in their work. They also have a strong leadership team and very closely works with the MoH (Ministry of Health) in building a sustainable health capacity and infrastructure.