Global Initiatives

Overview

The health of a community is the cornerstone of its success and well-being. With a defined focus in South America, East Africa and the Caribbean, International Medical Aid strives to improve the health of underserved individuals in these regions through mobile medical clinics, public health education programs and first responder training. Taking a holistic approach, IMA collaborates with local leaders to develop sustainable, community-led initiatives that address the root causes of disease and illness.

Global Initiatives Overview
 

Initiatives

International Medical Aid deploys full-scale mobile medical clinics to bring much-needed healthcare to impoverished and underserved individuals
around the world. IMA engages local practitioners and healthcare providers, guided by American medical direction and protocols, to conduct these clinics. This international collaboration fosters the exchange of knowledge while empowering local physicians, nurses and leaders to take charge of their community’s health. Implementation of IMA’s Mobile Medical Outreach follows a three-stage model developed by our founders at The Johns Hopkins University:

Stage I: Primary Care
and Wellness
Providing annual physical exams to
identify serious/life-threatening conditions
Basic diagnostic testing to screen for
opportunistic diseases
Staffed by volunteer doctors from the
United States
Medical Direction will be maintained in the
United States
Follow-up conducted by local hospitals and
coordinated by in-country staff

Stage II: Secondary Care and
Basic Diagnostics
Secondary care provided by specialized physicians
Advanced diagnostic testing introduced;
off-site laboratory used
Vaccinations provided for common diseases
Volunteer doctors, medical consultants and nurses recruited from target countries
In-country Medical Director will be appointed to coordinate and monitor follow-up care

Stage III: Multi-Disciplinary Care
and Advanced Diagnostics
On-site diagnostic and imaging
capabilities introduced
Comprehensive medical, dental and
vision services provided
Volunteer dentists and dental assistants
recruited from target country
Volunteer ophthalmologists and optometrists
recruited from target country
Multi-specialty in-country Medical Direction will be appointed to coordinate and monitor follow-up care
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Public Health Education

Working in local schools, community centers and rural environments, IMA conducts hygiene education programs targeted to children. These programs provide instruction on basic hygiene procedures and are led through a partnership between American and local educators. IMA develops curricula for these programs based on globally accepted standards and best practices.

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First Responder Training

Aimed at educators, healthcare providers, social workers and other community leaders, IMA provides accredited training in basic CPR (one- and two-rescuer), AED and choking (conscious and unconscious). In addition to this training, IMA recruits and educates community leaders to become certified First Aid Instructors, thereby greatly augmenting IMA’s reach.

 

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