IMA launched its very first international health project in 1997 — a new direction after more than 35 years of playing a supporting role in international health. IMA has since served tens of millions of people through our projects that fight disease, strengthen health systems and advance health, healing and well-being around the world.
This selection of past projects is a strong reminder of the hard work that made IMA what it is today and of the impact that makes up our legacy.
EmOC Project (2011-2012): With funding from the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, through the Emergency Obstetric Care (EmOC) Project IMA established five EmOC centers in the Upper Nile state of South Sudan where maternal morbidity and mortality were alarmingly high. To ensure the success of the centers, IMA selected 13 local health workers to attend an accelerated 10-month specialized training course, provided essential drugs and supplies to stock the facilities, trained laboratory and front line health workers, and raised awareness of safe motherhood in the communities.
SuddHealth (2008-2012): Funded by the World Bank-managed Multi Donor Trust Fund, IMA worked with the Ministry of Health of the Government of South Sudan to expand the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS) to the populations in Jonglei and Upper Nile states, the country’s two largest states. The BPHS is a standard package of care including immunization, maternal and child health, family planning, malaria prevention and treatment, HIV/AIDS sensitization/treatment, and curative services for diarrhea and tuberculosis. In coordination with the State Ministry of Health, IMA built the core capacities of the health system and provided delivery of essential health services.
Project AXxes (2006-2011): With support from USAID, Project AXxes was designed to increase access to primary health care among a population of over 8 million people in the remote North and South Kivu regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo. IMA led a consortium to renovate clinics and hospitals, train health care workers, equip hospitals with essential supplies and medicines, and increase the health care services available to the population.
SANRU III (2001-2006): Funded by USAID, IMA led the SANRU III project to strengthen the capacity of approximately 60 NGO-managed health zones for priority primary health care interventions and health zone support systems serving more than 8.9 million people.