Lutheran World Relief-IMA World Health (LWR-IMA) is a merged entity between Lutheran World Relief and IMA World Health.
LWR-IMA a nearly-60 years-old nonprofit that helps developing communities to overcome their public health challenges. IMA achieves its mission through permanent operations in six countries and its best resource, a diverse staff of around 400 people benefiting more than 33 million people.
They believe all people are children of God and thus deserve to lead healthy and productive lives. Their vision of health, healing, and well-being for all is based on the Christian call to serve one another. The founding members of IMA, Protestant Churches and church-based organizations, chose to be intentionally ecumenical to provide health services and to build healthy communities around the world. IMA focuses in areas of health systems strengthening, partnerships, technical excellence, and organizational health.
IMA also leads the We Will Speak Out U.S. coalition, which unites 19 faith-based member organizations and more than 25,000 individuals who have pledged to speak out against sexual and gender-based violence.
Faith Affiliation: Christian- IMA World Health enacts its work on behalf of 10 faith-based members. Together, we are driven by a vision of health, healing and well-being for all and inspired by our belief that all people are children of God and thus deserve to lead healthy and productive lives.
Currently,LWR-IMA has 9 member agencies:
- Adventist Development and Relief Agency, ADRA
- American Baptist Churches USA
- Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Week of Compassion
- Church of the Brethren
- Episcopal Relief & Development
- Global Ministries, The United Methodist Church
- Mennonite Central Committee
- Presbyterian Church USA
- United Church of Christ
Humanitarian Standards: An agency with a legacy of local partnership, IMA World Health brings the best in public health science and practice to country and community leaders. Together, they serve the most vulnerable, striving to build lasting capacity and change in accordance with strict standards.
Key program areas:
- Strengthening health systems
- Promoting nutrition through behavior change communication
- Promoting water, sanitation and hygiene
- Prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS
- Responding to sexual and gender-based violence
- Prevention and treatment of malaria
- Promoting maternal and child health
- Prevention and treatment of neglected tropical diseases
How IMA World Health is working toward an AIDS-free generation in Kenya
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