It could be said that International Medical Outreach was born in the Philippines. In 1978, well before IMO was officially registered, IMO’s future founders had the opportunity to assist in many humanitarian efforts across this island nation. Examples include offering medical relief at a Vietnamese refugee camp outside of Manila; first aid instruction to those in an agricultural college on the island of Samar; construction of latrines near Iba, Zambales; and day school programs in the Tondo slum of Metro-Manila among many others.

Perhaps the most compelling of all experiences occurred at the Provincial Hospital of Eastern Samar where the total lack of medical supplies resulted in premature deaths among children. IMO then made it a point to travel back to the Philippines to provide medical relief. Over the years, medical supplies and food have been shipped to the Philippines, and medical clinics surfaced in even the most remote of locations. These have included those in San Fernando, Baguio, Cabanatuan, and Manila on the main island of Luzon. In the Visayan group of islands medical clinic sites have included Dumaguete City, Bacolod, Tagbilaran City, and Calbayog.

Of course, this expansion quickly crossed international borders as IMO's capabilities and resources grew. From our inception in May 1993 to today, IMO has provided nearly $1 billion USD worth of medication and medical equipment to partners in 37 countries.