Making a Global Impact
With diligent planning and preparation, International Medical Relief is dedicated to ensuring that specific goals are met on our missions, each in correlation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 3, 6, and 17.
IMR works to elevate vulnerable populations through shoulder-to-shoulder care with our local partners, creating workforce density, and a cadre of future healthcare and public health leaders in association with UNSDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing.
Our medical mission teams also work toward UNSDG 6: Clean Water & Sanitation by supporting and strengthening the participation of local communities in improving their water quality, and installing water filtration systems that supply communities with clean drinking water and providing education on hydration and hygiene.
In correlation with UNSDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals, the organization works in collaboration and at the request of local hosts where we are under their direct influence and affluence. IMR only goes into a country when formally invited and where there is a great community need for medical or dental care, and health education.
Provider to Patient Health Education:
All across the world patients look to physicians for guidance – we use and harness that knowledge and trust to build health literacy and invite the patient to be a partner in their own health. IMR views every patient encounter on our medical missions as an opportunity to further the patient’s knowledge and education on health matters related to their personal health needs. IMR collaborates with local providers and partners to ensure that the community is gaining the most beneficial health education. At the end of every patient-provider interaction, the provider ensures a complete understanding of the patient care plan. Providers perform this training in a “See one, Do one, Train one” philosophy. Educating communities allow for locals to become more empowered by their own health, as well as for the health of other community members. This model allows for both teaching and learning from both the provider and the patient to grow the health capacities of communities to help influence a better tomorrow. This education philosophy increases IMR’s goal of Sustainable Community Health Education.
Our clinics provide a comprehensive pharmacy that offers both adult and pediatric prescription medicines as well as over-the-counter medicines to complement the diagnosis of our advanced practice medical teams and provide much-needed treatment for these cases, often saving lives.
Sustainable Community Health Education
In order to achieve IMR’s mission to provide Sustainable Community Health Education, IMR collaborates with team leaders, local experts, and global health partners to conduct a needs-based assessment plan. During mission trips, IMR conducts community health training classes that are based off of the leading health indicators from Healthy People 2020 Goals and in collaboration with strategic plans from the Ministry of Health of that specific country. Sustainable Community Health Education empowers the local population and allows a lasting impact. During missions, IMR strives to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our partners and the local community to provide sustainable healthcare to increase the community’s overall well-being.