Educators are innovators.
We are a family-founded humanitarian aid corporation committed to working with all people to achieve a higher level of sustained health and healthcare for all people.
It could be said that International Medical Outreach was born in the Philippines. In 1978, well before IMO was officially registered as a humanitarian aid corporation, IMO’s future founders assisted in many humanitarian efforts across this island nation. Some of these efforts included medical relief within 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.
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. In the years following these initial efforts, IMO provided medical supplies and food throughout the Philippines while aiding in the surfacing of medical clinics in San Fernando, Baguio, Cabanatuan, and Manila. In the Visayan group of islands medical clinic sites have included Dumaguete City, Bacolod, Tagbilaran City, and Calbayog.
These efforts expanded quickly across international borders as IMO's capabilities and resources grew. From our inception in May 1993 to today, IMO has provided nearly one billion USD worth of medication and medical equipment to partners in thirty-seven countries.
Recently, in addition to enhancing the ability of local health systems' to provide adequate healthcare, IMO's focus has centered on maximizing individual and community capacity to reduce risk of sickness and disease. In this regard, we work to cause a progression of change in the mindset of individuals and communities towards health and well-being.
This approach does not disregard the political, economic, and historical systems in place that have allowed far too many people to be forgotten. Rather, we believe that by backing up the two-way flow of ideas, insights, resources, and investment with cooperative action, tangible improvement regarding health will manifest for multiple generations.
Todd M. Price MD