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Who We Are

IMA World Health
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Our Vision

Health, healing and well-being for all.

Our Mission

To build healthier communities by collaborating with key partners to serve vulnerable people.

Inspiration and Identity

IMA believes all people are children of God and thus deserve to lead healthy and productive lives.

The founding members of IMA, Protestant Churches and church-based organizations, chose to be intentionally ecumenical to provide health services and to build healthy communities around the world.

We can do more together than alone; that spirit of joint action remains foundational to IMA today.

IMA believes the core ecumenical imperatives are unity and respect for all faiths and traditions.

Core Values

  • Organizational Excellence

    We believe the most effective programs must be contextually innovative and evidence-based. IMA delivers technical expertise, strong operational and management approaches, and a culture of continual learning to develop the most effective results-driven programs.

  • Stewardship and Accountability

    We conduct all financial and programmatic matters with transparency, efficiency, and effectiveness. IMA is a responsible, reliable, and wise steward of all resources it receives and we hold ourselves to the highest ethical and financial standards.

  • Empowering Partnerships

    We believe the way to achieve sustainable development is to be in full and mutual partnership with local people, organizations and governments. IMA works with all partners without regard to race, religion, politics, gender or sexual orientation.

  • Serving Vulnerable People and Populations

    We stand in solidarity with those in need, recognizing and respecting that each individual has the right to be an agent of positive change in his/her own life. IMA supports this right through serving the needs of the vulnerable in our world.

Directional Goals

Health System Strengthening

IMA builds integrated, holistic and sustainable health systems that increase access to quality health care, with an emphasis on vulnerable people.


IMA collaborates with local, national and international partners, especially faith-based networks and organizations, to join and leverage assets, resources, knowledge and voices.

Technical Excellence

IMA designs and implements innovative and effective technical approaches that demonstrate long-term, measurable improvements and impact on individual and community health.

Organizational Health

IMA invests in developing people, partners, continual learning and systems to maximize organizational impact on health care and the systems to sustain those improvements.

Next Chapter

n the spirit of increasing impact for those we serve, IMA World Health is entering a new chapter. As of January 1, 2019, IMA and Lutheran World Relief, one of our founding member organizations, are joining forces to create a unified agency that will surround the whole person in need with God’s care. Together, we have a combined 130 years of NGO work that will inform our future. By integrating IMA’s global health expertise with Lutheran World Relief’s work in rural economies and emergency response, our unified organization will help millions more people enjoy a healthier, more prosperous tomorrow.

This new organization will reflect our shared values and our shared experience, and it will be built on our shared vision and considerable history of working together. This rich history of partnership will allow us to achieve our vision in ways we could never achieve apart. Together, we are able to pursue new opportunities, implement stronger programs and support deeper and more lasting results for the health and well-being of the individuals and communities we serve. read more