In May of 2006, a group of pre-medical students founded a student organization at the University of Central Florida, International Medical Outreach (IMO), which would serve to plan medical volunteering trips to impoverished areas of the world and educate students on local and global health disparities. Each year our organization continues to advance the causes of addressing underserved medicine and providing aid through volunteerism. Through our services to third world communities in Honduras, Costa Rica, Peru, Haiti, and Ecuador, we have witnessed multitudes of positive change. This year IMO has also begun incorporating local community health projects into our program to aid the locally underserved here in the U.S. as well.
Three times a year, a team of pre-medical students will be serving on medical volunteering trips to Haiti and various countries. Students will 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 to understand the dynamic of what underserved care entails in a complex society of “the have and the have-nots”.
Two 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 a specific community in their medical and everyday needs. Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with 40% 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 addition, nearly 20% of all children in Haiti die before the age of 5, largely from preventable diseases. In the area our team will be working in, there has been no running clinics, hospitals, or treatment facilities since 1994. It is because of these medical disparities that our team will be volunteering to help in any way we can and will work to make a difference in the lives of people challenged with a poverty that is 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-deductable. 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
Student Union 208, P.O. Box 163245
Orlando, FL 32816.
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.