31 January 2013
Over the past five years, International Medical Outreach (IMO) has conducted ninety-three projects in twenty-three countries, including the distribution of over 700 million US dollars worth of medications and supplies. In 2012 alone, IMO continued to make quality healthcare more accessible to those in need by donating medications valued at over 237 million US dollars to hospitals and clinics in Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Ukraine, and Vietnam. In Ukraine, IMO also continues to support a drug rehabilitation center in which reforming and reformed drug addicts work on a farm. The products of their labor – including milk, vegetables, and meat – go towards feeding children, many of whom are orphans, attending a nearby summer camp. This and other IMO-funded programs also assist families that have no means to produce or buy for themselves.
Already in 2013, additional medications and medical supplies are en route to multiple hospitals in Vietnam; medical and dental supplies are being readied for shipment to Armenia; anti-parasitic medication has been provided to a team headed to Honduras; and our presence in northwestern Uganda is expanding in many dimensions that will continue to enhance both the healthcare and the lives of each child in the remote Zombo District.
IMO has been providing varying aspects of healthcare worldwide since 1993. Although the number of those served and the amount of medications distributed has increased dramatically since then, numbers are not our main focus. Our primary goal remains the same: to provide quality healthcare to those in need on an individual and personal level and to develop and improve upon the strategies applied towards making that goal possible. We do not measure success in numbers or dollars spent or donated, but in the capability of the children we serve to reach their full potential. One child’s goals being realized will obviously change his or her world. But it can change ours too.
The world is more interconnected than ever. The fulfilled dream of one child can easily translate to the enlarged vision of an entire school. The enhancement of one school can have the same effect on entire communities, leading to the improvement of regions, countries, and even whole generations. It is a ripple effect that is started and maintained with your help.
Thank you, and let us together continue to change the world.
Todd M. Price MD