In May of 2006, a group of pre-medical students founded a non-profit student organization at the University of Central Florida, International Medical Outreach (IMO). Our mission surrounds the importance of cross- cultural integration, preventative healthcare in underserved communities and international medical altruism. Thus, offering the opportunity to aid and assist under-privileged populations with the deeper understanding of medicinal practices , living standards , global health and economic disparities around the world. 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.
Our services and efforts span over various third world communities in Haiti, India, Colombia, Perú, Panamá, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Ecuador; where we have witnessed multitudes of positive change. IMO has also begun incorporating local community health projects to aid the locally underprivileged here in the U.S. as well. Over the years, IMO has set up many free medical clinics, health education programs, and provided a profound impact on creating better lives.
Three times a year, a team of pre-medical students serve on medical volunteer trips to Haiti and various countries where they have the opportunity to help provide free medical care, set-up and run clinics and pharmacies, aid in the caring for children in orphanages, and develop and present health education programs to address the needs of the community. On our past trips, our members have been able to provide assistance to physicians and other allied health professionals in both rural and urban clinics.
Six years ago, International Medical Outreach took a major step forward in our international efforts by establishing a permanent project in Mare Brignol, Haiti. Through our permanent project, we are hoping to support Mare Brignol in their medical and everyday needs. IMO has also begun implementing a sustainable project in the community by introducing the versatile Moringa plant, which provides a constant source of nutrition. In this new process we are completing steps towards reducing malnutrition and integrating ways to make Mare Brignol become a sustainable community.Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with 54% of its population left with no access to health care and only 1.6 doctors and 1.3 nurses for every 10,000 people.In the area our team works in , there has been no running clinics, hospitals, or treatment facilities since 1994. It is because of these medical disparities that our team volunteers work toward making a difference in the lives of people challenged with a poverty, unfamiliar and unfathomable to most of us.
The students attending our various trips need your help to cover the costs of airfare, accommodations, medical supplies, and other donations brought to these communities in need. IMO fundraises and accepts donations to ensure that all eligible students with the passion for medical volunteering have the financial opportunity to do so. Any contribution you would like to make towards helping our Haiti permanent project and our other international endeavors is greatly appreciated and thanks to our non-profit (501c3) status, it is tax-deductible. Should you choose to make a monetary donation to IMO, checks can be made payable to International Medical Outreach Inc. and can be mailed to:
International Medical Outreach P.O. Box 781823 Orlando, FL 32878
We also continually collect medical supplies and pharmaceuticals as well as clothing and personal hygiene products. Currently, we are in desperate need of shoes and children’s clothing. If you would like to donate any of these supplies, please contact us to arrange a donation pick-up or drop-off.
Please visit IMO’s website at www.imoucf.org to learn more about our organization and our most prevalent needs. We thank you in advance for your consideration and possible contribution.
With grateful appreciation,
International Medical Outreach at UCF email@example.com