International Medical Outreach (IMO) is a non-profit organization established at the University of Central Florida. Our mission surrounds the importance of sustainability, cross-cultural integration, preventative healthcare in under served communities, and international medical altruism. Since our creation in 2006, IMO has set up many free healthcare clinics, provided health education programs to enhance the importance of preventative medicine in underprivileged communities, and established a permanent project in Mare-Brignol, Haiti in order to have profound impact on these communities and help create better lives for those who we seek to help. IMO offers the opportunity to to aid and assist under-privileged populations while providing our members with a deeper understanding of medicinal practices, living standards, global health issues, and economic disparities around the world by operating medical mission trips in developing nations. Additionally, our trips serve a great opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and cultural awareness of the societies we visit.
Each trip is unique, but they follow a general structure allowing students to work in a variety of settings and communities within the country, gaining medical knowledge as well as providing healthcare and supplies to those who need it. Students provide assistance to physicians and other allied health professionals in both rural and urban clinics/hospitals to understand the dynamic of what medical care entails in a nation with a healthcare system different from the United States. Additionally, students develop and present health education programs to enhance the importance of preventative medicine in under-served communities.
Permanent Project in Haiti
Our permanent project in Mare-Brignol, Haiti was established in 2011. In the area our team works in, there have been no running clinics, hospitals, or treatment facilities since 1994.
Due to limited access to medical care, high prevalence of malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies, many health disparities have been observed in Mare-Brignol. In an attempt to remit these conditions and improve quality of life, we began our permanent project in 2011 and our research study in 2013 in order to promote sustainability in Mare-Brignol. We have incorporated Moringa oleifera, a reliable and nutritious plant that can help reduce malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies, in hopes to enhance the community’s knowledge, perception, and utilization of Moringa oleifera; to address the needs of the community in their medical and everyday needs (sanitation, healthcare, hygiene and nutrition); and to provide ways to helping Mare-Brignol become a sustainable community. The incorporation of Moringa can help reduce malnutrition and protein deficiency and also potentially help establish an economic source of income for the community.
We provide donated items such as vitamins, various medications, clothing, shoes, and hygiene supplies in order to help provide those in the community with access to otherwise unattainable resources. We operate our clinic alongside Haitian physicians and allied health professionals in order to bring healthcare to those in the community while minimizing negative impact on the local healthcare system and pushing our efforts of sustainability forward.
“International Medical Outreach dedicates its efforts to providing means for its members to expand their cultural awareness regarding medicinal practices and living standards all over the globe. Our mission surrounds the importance of international medical altruism , sustainability, cross- cultural integration, preventative healthcare in underserved communities. Through our mission we hope to provide positive-life altering experiences, and leave our helpful footprint on the impoverished and underserved areas of the world where medical care is scarce or nonexistent.”