As a faith-based organization, IMA believes that all people deserve to lead healthy and productive lives. Our mission is to build healthier communities by collaborating with key partners to serve vulnerable people. Our vision is simple: health, healing and well-being for all. Our vision is based on the Christian call to serve one another and these values, which are centered on service, are shared across Christianity, the Abrahamic faiths and even those of no practicing faith. We may have differing theologies and ways that we relate to our world and our creator, but shared values bring us together to serve the most vulnerable.
Addressing NTDs in public health work is rooted in justice. The fact that these preventable diseases still affect primarily poor communities calls into question humanity’s choices. IMA sees its role as an FBO to advocate for the poor who largely endure the burden of these diseases.
We also believe that we can do more together than alone, and the NTD partners gathered at the Capitol Hill briefing was a clear example of how building communities and leveraging relationships are key to serving the people who need us most. We also work with faith leaders, faith communities, faith organizations and local governments to ensure that we carry out our work in an effective, efficient and sustainable manner.
The word service is strongly emphasized in our work because it is truly at the core of our identity, and we believe that where a person is born should never result in a lifetime of inequity. The sad reality, however, is that the vulnerable people we serve were born into a world riddled with obstacles and hardships instead opportunities. We may all live on the same planet, but our worlds and our lives are very different.
Fatima is an example of a beneficiary that has benefited from this collaborative work.