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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
I have volunteered for IMA for four months in Boulder, CO. The organization, run by committed and dedicated staff and board members, has clearly improved the lives of vulnerable and marginalized women and children throughout the globe, while mobilizing women through midwifery training, family planning access, and compassion. IMA is currently working with a health clinic in Soroti, Uganda, a region that is heavily populated with IDPs that have little or no health access otherwise. The stories, photos and videos from the clinic leave little doubt IMA is doing a miraculous job achieving their mission in the area.