Today marks our 23rd anniversary as an established nonprofit organization in pursuit of better health. That's 23 years of learning and fighting for better health alongside active members of communities worldwide, and we are celebrating today as a milestone on a continuing path of more of the same.
On May 17, 1993, Dr. Todd and Sue Price established International Medical Outreach as a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit corporation to organize their efforts towards improved global health. Before that, Todd and Sue would simply fill a suitcase with medication and go to impoverished places to treat patients. Their impact was modest but no small step towards the years to come for them and their mission.
Since our establishment in 1993, we have given 60 million doses of medication to children with intestinal parasites and nearly $1 billion worth of medication and equipment to healthcare providers in 37 countries. On our History page, you can read in more detail what these numbers have looked like. In recent years especially, we have moved into program design beyond medication to tackle issues such as lack of clean water, unimproved sanitation, and inadequate health education.
Most recently, we launched a pilot program constructing compost toilets in Papoga, Uganda. More updates from this project are forthcoming. Only with the support we've received, from both community members onsite and friends at home over the last 23 years, have we been able to see ideas become reality as we strive to treat and prevent intestinal parasites and other neglected diseases. Here's to another 23!