The International Medical Crisis Response Alliance (IMCRA) is a UN-affiliated NGO formed by and for physicians, nurses and psychologists. IMCRA provides free, expert, interactive, native-language, enduring medical education and resources to caregivers faced with sudden/ongoing health crises for which they may not be adequately trained or staffed. Since 2012, IMCRA has served caregivers and their patients in rural Japan, China, Vietnam, Korea, Philippines, Indonesia, Africa and the USA.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
International emergency medical response after a disaster or during a crisis tends to be short-term. Yet the needs of displaced and traumatized populations go on for years. The elderly and the very young remain most at risk, especially in remote areas. Suboptimal support structures, disorientation, social stigma, isolation, and inadequate medical resources remain harsh realities. Physicians and caregivers need contact with experts who speak their language and know what they are facing.
How will this project solve this problem?
IMCRA's international faculty provide expert medical insights, online, onsite and via nationwide broadcast media. Our doctors provide help across multiple therapeutic areas: Infectious Disease, Diabetes, Gerontology, Psychosocial, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Cancer, Radiation, Neonatology and Pediatrics. Per OCHA, IMCRA gives permanent local healthcare providers the best tools, references and resources to establish and maintain enduring programs of optimal healthcare.
Potential Long Term Impact
Updated healthcare. Expert interactive native-language advice on long-term medical crisis issues (e.g. diabetes and infectious disease) which still remain obscure for the public as well as for many physicians in east Asia. Colloquia and workshops are covered live and recorded for permanent access via our websites. IMCRA has just joined UNFPA's Every Woman Every Child initiative to maximize outreach to mothers and the very young. Module use is high and beneficiaries number in the thousands.
Total Funding Received to Date: $5,130
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $57,870
Total Funding Goal: $63,000