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.
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.
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.
I have been lucky enough to 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.
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.
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.
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.