SOURCE: IMA World Health

December 01, 2009 08:30 ET

IMA World Health Recognized by Forbes as One of Nation's 20 Most Efficient Charities

Provider of Healthcare Services and Supplies Has 100% Fundraising Efficiency

NEW WINDSOR, MD--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - Forbes magazine and Forbes.com have named IMA World Health (IMA) as one of the "Most Efficient" large charities in the United States. In its special report, "America's 200 Largest Charities," Forbes identifies IMA as one of the major non-profit organizations that efficiently provides donations to those who need them. Forbes notes that 99% of IMA's total expenses are devoted to charitable services. In addition, 100% of IMA's fundraising expenses are used to raise money and supplies for recipients.

"Especially in these difficult economic times, donors expect every dollar to be put to good use," said Richard Santos, President and CEO of IMA. "Efficient management has been a central part of the 'IMA Way' for nearly 50 years. We put significant effort into leveraging each dollar."

Since it was founded in 1960, IMA has been supporting the provision of medicines and supplies, disease control, essential healthcare services and bolstering healthcare systems in developing nations. An example of IMA's efficient delivery of supplies and expertise to those in need is its Safe Motherhood Kit. For only $25, donors can provide a mother and her baby in the developing world with the clean and sterile supplies, clothes for a newborn, and education she needs to ensure safe childbirth.

Others have recognized IMA's efficiency as well. IMA has received the highest possible efficiency rating from the recognized charity watchdog group Charity Navigator for five consecutive years.

Working efficiently has enabled IMA to expand its scope and reach in post-conflict situations, where the need is often most acute. In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), IMA helps bring primary healthcare to roughly 10 million people, in the process building that country's capacity to sustain that care. IMA is also participating in the effort to prepare war-torn Southern Sudan for independence through the creation of a basic healthcare system in the two largest states.

"IMA increasingly focuses on developing entire healthcare systems in places where they have been damaged, destroyed or never existed," added Santos. "Our internal efficiencies are a major benefit as we assist others in establishing effective and sustainable systems focused on helping vulnerable people who truly need basic medical care."

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 www.IMAWorldHealth.org or call 877-241-7952.

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