March 2023 Highlights
IMR teams were busy extending the reach of hope and compassion across the globe in March. At one point, we had five teams in the field at once! IMR volunteers were making a difference in Turkey, Nepal, Guatemala, India, and Poland all at the same time.
Turkey: Earthquake Relief
Cold, freezing rain, winds, and no electricity have not stopped the IMR teams from serving the people of Turkey with grace and compassion. Hundreds of patients a day have received hope and health from IMR caregivers who have invested their time, talent, and treasure to bring the Turkish people affected by the earthquake much needed services.
Dr. John Cook, an ER physician from Colorado who served on an IMR team in Turkey, shared, “The last week of serving the people of this region has been phenomenal! More importantly than the medical care, we’ve been connecting with people.”
We are still collecting donations to aid our efforts. All donations designated for IMR’s Turkey response go directly to elements that make a sustainable impact on the region, community, patients, needs identified during our initial assessment, and the ongoing work being done in the region. If you want to help and can’t volunteer, please consider making a donation.
More Than 900 IMR Volunteers Have Served in Poland
IMR has been in Poland working with displaced Ukrainians for 13 months. In that time, we have dispatched more than 900 medical and dental professionals, as well as nonmedical volunteers, to serve these incredibly amazing people.
The needs of the Ukrainians unable to return home are still great – daily we see cases of anxiety, depression, and other mental health disorders in high frequency along with general pain, GI issues, skin issues, and general medical complaints. And the resources that were present at the beginning of the conflict are dwindling.
Volunteers are still needed! If you are interested in serving, call our office at (970) 635-0110 or see the dates of our upcoming mission trips. It will be one of those decisions that you will always look back on and be thankful you made.
Global Health Leaders Volunteer with IMR in Jaipur, India
IMR’s medical mission trip to Jaipur, India in March was fortunate to include alumni from the Harvard Medical School Global Health Leaders program, from which IMR President and Founder Shauna King is also a graduate, and students from Denver School of Nursing.
These global health experts and eager students were joined throughout the week by doctors from Jaipur’s University of Engineering and Management (UEM) and from Mahatma Gandhi Hospital and University of Medical Sciences & Technology, as well as medical and nursing students from Rama Krishna College and physical therapy students from UEM.
In addition to providing medical clinics for residents of communities surrounding Jaipur, the week included training sessions from Harvard Medical School alumni on the use of 4D and hologram technology for telemedicine by Dr. Alicia Jones, the role of integrative medicine by Dr. Babita Saaraswat, and Antimicrobial Resistance Stewardship by Dr. Jenna Hearne and Luciane Lord.
In correlation with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals, IMR and Mahatma Gandhi Hospital worked in collaboration to train nursing students from the United States and India, as well as physical therapy students and professionals in a one-day forum to share ideas, developments, and challenges in healthcare.
Join Us in Making a Difference.
Bring much-needed acute medical and dental care to a beautiful, culture-rich destination. You can join an IMR medical mission team today!