SOURCE: IMA World Health

January 14, 2010 09:28 ET

IMA World Health Mobilizes Haitian Relief

NEW WINDSOR, MD--(Marketwire - January 14, 2010) - IMA World Health (IMA), a specialist in providing essential healthcare services and medical supplies to people in need around the world, has immediately begun developing an emergency response to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and the surrounding areas.

IMA World Health will be providing medicines and medical supplies as part of the international medical relief effort. There will be massive needs in Haiti after this calamity, and that will include an enormous need for medicines and medical supplies.

IMA is uniquely positioned to help. The organization has been providing medicines and supplies to Haiti for much of its 50 year history, and has had a permanent office there since 2000. IMA has working relationships throughout Haiti ranging from the central Haitian government to the community level. The group also works with other US and international agencies and faith-based organizations throughout the country.

As of this writing, IMA does not yet know the status of President/CEO, Rick Santos, and two other IMA colleagues who are traveling in Port-au-Prince; Sarla Chand, Vice President of International Programs and Ann Varghese, Program Officer for Haiti. They are in Haiti as part of IMA's long-term work there. IMA also does not yet know the status of five Haitian IMA staff members.

"The destruction is immense and the human need is great," said Douglas Bright, IMA's Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Plans are being put in place to provide as many medicines and medical supplies as possible, quickly. "But we don't need any further information to know that medicines and supplies are urgently needed," added Bright, "and we must act now to begin this process. We must do all we can to help."

Donations are needed to support the relief efforts in Haiti. The public can donate to these efforts at, or by calling IMA at 410/635-8720.

About IMA World Health

IMA World Health is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that helps provide essential healthcare services and medical supplies to people in need around the world. IMA operates primarily in developing nations to restore health, hope and dignity to those most in need. For more information, visit us at or call 877-241-7952.

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    IMA World Health
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