Santos shared experiences from working in South Sudan, where IMA has been a long-term partner in addressing South Sudan’s health needs since 2008, three years before it became an independent nation. IMA builds capacity by working with the government’s Ministry of Health, civil society, donors and other critical partners primarily on health systems strengthening, malaria and HIV/AIDS interventions. Thanks to strong local partnerships, IMA is able to be flexible when met with challenges that come with ongoing insecurity, severe flooding and limited communications.
Santos said success isn’t achieved overnight, and some projects might have an initial dip in results as the design of the project is implemented and necessary changes are made. But in the long run, the project will succeed and surpass expectations. Santos saw this in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where IMA has been working with local partners for more than 20 years.
“When you have the long-term commitment and the mutuality, you can have conversations around how we’re going to solve problems,” he said.
IMA is a founding member of PQMD, which began in 1996 as the Product Donations Steering Committee. The organization has grown into a global alliance of more than 40 corporations and nonprofit organizations leading the development and championing of high standards in medicine and medical equipment and services donations.