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One of International Medical Relief’s (IMR) goals is to provide sustainable health care services for the most vulnerable and underserved populations, and the populations in the most critical need. That is why IMR provides medical mission trips to disaster relief areas to allow volunteers the opportunity to put their compassion into action by helping survivors impacted by disasters around the world.

Meeting critical urgent needs in the immediate aftermath of a disaster is essential to ease the suffering. IMR supports a philosophy of First In – Last Out – our goal is to get a team on the ground within the first week of a disaster. We continue to run towards emergencies and reach those in need no matter where they are located or what the surrounding conditions are. We are also committed to training the communities in order to increase the healthcare capacity.

International Medical Relief has conducted disaster relief response missions to over 19 countries, where teams that include EMTs, nurses, doctors, dentists, and students, reach beyond borders in order to provide critical care to the most vulnerable communities impacted by the aftermath of these disasters. IMR has responded to hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, typhoons, and volcano eruptions. We have also responded to countries undergoing famine and civil unrest.

Recent IMR efforts have been towards responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. and other countries in need. All of IMR’s disaster relief efforts include medical clinics and/or sending resources and supplies to countries in need.

IMR has responded to the following disasters:

IMR Disaster Relief Response Structure:

We recruit medical relief teams in waves according to the needs of the people in a community after disaster strikes. We mobilize our volunteers based on their skill set as it relates to the urgency of the victims.

Phase 1 – First Responders

Our immediate responders are surgical and orthopedic volunteers, urgent care providers, and wound care specialists, that can help with immediate patient stabilization. We also bring in psychiatric care for posttraumatic stress disorder, grieving, loss of life and consultation on other traumatic issues facing disaster victims. Immediate disasters also include general family practice and internal medicine providers, mid level practitioners, as well as nonmedical volunteers for coordination, set up and communication. Our community health education focus initially concentrates on obtaining safe and secure areas for living if people are displaced as well as clean water solutions, accessing shelter/water/medical and other assistance programs that may be available to the communities.

Phase 2 – Active Operations

In IMR’s second phase our volunteers have been prepared and are actively working in general medicine in the field. Providers of all types are utilized.

Phase 3 - Recovery

International Medical Relief continues to send in volunteer medical responders and begins to create a long term strategic plan based on the health and medical needs of the community. This may include treating general community health, prevention and education, long term and chronic health conditions, health and psychological assessment post disaster, and long range follow up clinics.

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