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.
IMA provides me with an opportunity to help a profoundly underserved population caught in the crosshairs and previously unable to get much needed assistance. International Midwife Assistance maximizes donations to provide food, healthcare, jobs and education to women, children and families. The clinic provides a paradigm of integrity, honesty and respect to people who have experienced a breakdown in their cultures. IMA provides health care and healing on individual and community levels, allowing a new generation to move forward with self respect and a vision of possibility for the future. i know that every dollar I donate will make a difference, lives will be saved, local health care providers will be educated allowing for ripples of healing further and further out into the community. Also, I love that the ultimate goal is self sufficiency for the clinic.
In the short time (6 months) that I have been familiar with IMA and the services it provides to the mothers and babies at Teso Safe Motherhood project, I can't help but be amazed at the positive outcomes that have been a direct result of their work. Mothers and babies lives are being saved and their quality of life improved drastically through treatment and primary and secondary prevention. The people of Soroti know of and cherish this clinic that would not exist if it weren't for IMA. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to meet the staff ( all Ugandan) and work with them to help the clients on a recent trip. Upon returning from Uganda, I now am seeking ways that I can support this clinic that has forever left an imprint kn my heart. If you ever have the opportunity to visit TSMP in Soroti, Uganda, you must go. You will not regret it!
I have been a donor for this organization for six years. I loyally support them because I am confident in the quality of their work. IMA is dedicated to finding real, sustainable solutions to problems. They consult with local community members to really hear their needs before deciding on a solution to a problem. They engage the local community to take ownership in solving their problems. This model is very respectful of a community and creates a work model that is highly flexible. I have been very impressed with IMA.
International Midwife Assistance saves lives in the most essential way - ensuring that local women are trained as midwives to be able to prevent maternal and infant death during the birth process. IMA works in the world's poorest countries providing support that simply wouldn't be there without their help. Most importantly, IMA's primary service is to build local capacity ensuring that the work will continue and even expand in the years to come.
Most of the money that I donate in a year goes towards IMA. Jennifer Braun delivered my baby and I want to ensure that the world's most disadvantaged women are able to give birth safely.
I have a family member who goes to Africa to perform hands on.work to help these poor women in need. My understanding is;( their success rate is growing.) Herbert
I have known of this group for many years. The work they do with women ... years ago in Afghanistan, now in Uganda and Haiti is good work: teaching women to care well for themselves while being helped by professionals...taking care of the children under difficult circumstances ...and much much more.
The group's clarity of their mission is sincere and worthy of much wider recognition and support. I hope you will consider them for the award.
Talk about an organization that is changing the world and saving lives! IMA is a standout among NGOs. They are nimble, efficient, effective, and unbelievably valuable to some of the poorest people on this planet.
My wife works for this nonprofit, and I have come to know their great work through her. I was always someone who said, "shouldn't we fix our own problems in the U.S. first?" And I have learned during the past several years to see the world as more interconnected. I realize there is a huge difference between the quality of care my wife received when pregnant and during delivery than the women of Uganda or Afghanistan receive. This disparity of care is inherently unjust. I also know that the dollars we contribute to IMA go very far. I think the overall cost per patient visit for the year in 2009 was about $8 per person - $8 dollars per patient visit includes all lab work, care from a doctor or midwife and medications. This figure includes emergency feeding for children, vaccinations, mosquito net and food distribution, HIV/AIDS testing and treatment! I know the money we donate to IMA really makes a difference on the ground. Because my wife works for the organization, I know how little overhead this nonprofit has - I know how much dedication the employees and volunteers have, and I know that my dollars really save lives.
International Midwife Assistance (IMA) is doing what most of us would think impossible. With a very small paid staff and a volunteer board, they are providing essential health care services to some of the world's most desperate and impoverished people. In Uganda alone, IMA saw an astonishing 8,938 patients in 2008 and more than doubled that in 2009 by seeing 23,901 patients. The stories in their newsletter break my heart open as I am made aware of both the extent of the need and the extraordinary work being done to respond with both training of local women and the provision of direct care services in the clinics and outreach programs that IMA has created. I wish I could give more to support the inspired and inspiring women that are IMA in the profoundly important work they are doing with the poorest of the poor. Money could not be better spent.