IMAHelps Volunteers Change Lives
Since IMAHelps was established in 2000, the group has organized more than 20 medical humanitarian missions to some of the most impoverished areas of Latin America and Asia. People travel by foot, by bus, and on the backs of pickups and flatbed trucks to see our volunteers for a chance to receive medical care they could never afford.
While the specific makeup of each medical mission varies, our teams typically include pharmacists, pediatricians, general internal medicine doctors, OBGYNs, dentists, eye doctors, prosthetists, neurologists, urologists, general surgeons, cardiologists, orthopedic surgeons, plastic and maxillofacial surgeons, anesthesiologists, scrub techs, nurses, and interpreters.
Our volunteers share the latest Western medical knowledge involving everything from sanitation and hygiene to surgical techniques and the management of ICUs and recovery rooms. In some instances, IMAHelps volunteers have also taught local doctors and technicians how to use modern medical equipment that has been donated to them by other organizations that they do not know how to use.
IMAHelps selects volunteers for its medical missions based on their professional education, licensing, and experience. IMAHelps mission team leaders handle the initial screening of mission applicants and make recommendations to the IMAHelps Board of Directors for final acceptance. IMAHelps seeks volunteers from every healthcare specialty, including but not limited to dentistry, optometry, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, plastic and maxillofacial surgery, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, urology, physical therapy, prosthetics, and pharmacy.
IMAHelps also seeks surgical and medical support team volunteers, including anesthesiologists, nurses, surgical technicians, and interpreters. Optometrists and neurologists have also participated in IMAHelps missions from time to time. A limited number of student volunteers are used on the biggest IMAHelps missions as well, provided they can fulfill specific mission support functions identified by the IMAHelps Board of Directors.
Students For IMAHelps
Students make a difference, too! On missions, they are assigned a wide range of medical mission support functions. Many have served as Spanish language interpreters and “runners.” Runners help IMAHelps maintain crowd control in addition to sorting incoming patients into the appropriate lines and waiting areas at hospitals and other mission locations for triage and other medical and dental consultations. IMAHelps also uses students to transport disabled patients through its treatment stations and to provide assistance to patients who need help finding specific IMAHelps treatment providers, since IMAHelps missions typically take place in large hospital facilities. Students also help pack and unpack boxes of medical equipment and supplies, as well as providing translation and other assistance to the IMAHelps pharmacy team. Student volunteers also relay information and/or supplies between IMAHelps mission volunteers. In addition to all of these tasks, students provide health and hygiene education and support in local languages.
IMAHelps is accepting applications through February for our upcoming medical mission to Paraguay, which is scheduled for July 25 - August 4, 2019.
If your application is approved to participate in our 2019 mission, a $500 fee will be due March 1st, 2019 to help cover the cost of mission logistics, such as food and lodging.
Please be advised that you would need to apply for a Visa from the Paraguayan Consulate and should do so at least three months prior to traveling to Paraguay for the July 25 - August 4, 2019 mission.
Fundraising for charity can be a fun and amazing activity for all ages
Anyone can support a great cause and help those in need. With the help of Facebook fundraisers, fundraising for IMAHelps is easy and quick. This fundraiser can be in honor of your birthday, for the holidays, for #GivingTuesday, in memorial tribute to a loved one, or just because. Your donation through fundraising will go directly towards our 2019 medical mission to Luque, Paraguay. Facebook will give IMAHelps the full amount you raise without any additional charges.
To start a fundraiser, visit IMAHelps' Facebook page under "Fundraisers.”
Next, on the right side of the page click "Raise Money" to begin the fundraiser setup.
If you are having trouble with your fundraiser setup, reach out to us via email.